Job 6:25
New International Version
How painful are honest words! But what do your arguments prove?

New Living Translation
Honest words can be painful, but what do your criticisms amount to?

English Standard Version
How forceful are upright words! But what does reproof from you reprove?

Berean Study Bible
How painful are honest words! But what does your argument prove?

New American Standard Bible
"How painful are honest words! But what does your argument prove?

King James Bible
How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?

Christian Standard Bible
How painful honest words can be! But what does your rebuke prove?

Contemporary English Version
The truth is always painful, but your arguments prove nothing.

Good News Translation
Honest words are convincing, but you are talking nonsense.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How painful honest words can be! But what does your rebuke prove?

International Standard Version
The truth can be painful, but what has your argument proven?

NET Bible
How painful are honest words! But what does your reproof prove?

New Heart English Bible
How forcible are words of uprightness. But your reproof, what does it reprove?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How painful an honest discussion can be! In correcting me, you correct yourselves!

JPS Tanakh 1917
How forcible are words of uprightness! But what doth your arguing argue?

New American Standard 1977
“How painful are honest words! But what does your argument prove?

Jubilee Bible 2000
How forcible are the words of rectitude! But what does your argument reprove?

King James 2000 Bible
How forceful are right words! but what does your arguing prove?

American King James Version
How forcible are right words! but what does your arguing reprove?

American Standard Version
How forcible are words of uprightness! But your reproof, what doth it reprove?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But as it seems, the words of a true man are vain, because I do not ask strength of you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why have you detracted the words of truth, whereas there is none of you that can reprove me?

Darby Bible Translation
How forcible are right words! but what doth your upbraiding reprove?

English Revised Version
How forcible are words of uprightness! but what doth your arguing reprove?

Webster's Bible Translation
How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?

World English Bible
How forcible are words of uprightness! But your reproof, what does it reprove?

Young's Literal Translation
How powerful have been upright sayings, And what doth reproof from you reprove?
Study Bible
Job Replies: My Complaint is Just
24Teach me, and I will be silent. Help me understand how I have erred. 25How painful are honest words! But what does your argument prove? 26Do you intend to correct my words, and treat the speech of a desperate man as wind?…
Cross References
Job 6:24
Teach me, and I will be silent. Help me understand how I have erred.

Job 6:26
Do you intend to correct my words, and treat the speech of a desperate man as wind?

Treasury of Scripture

How forcible are right words! but what does your arguing reprove?

forcible.

Job 4:4
Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.

Job 16:5
But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.

Proverbs 12:18
There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

what doth.

Job 13:5
O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.

Job 16:3,4
Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest? …

Job 21:34
How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?







Lexicon
How
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

painful
נִּמְרְצ֥וּ (nim·rə·ṣū)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 4834: To press, to be pungent, vehement, to irritate

[are] honest
יֹ֑שֶׁר (yō·šer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3476: Straightness, uprightness

words!
אִמְרֵי־ (’im·rê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 561: Something said

But what
וּמַה־ (ū·mah-)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

does your argument
יּוֹכִ֖יחַ (yō·w·ḵî·aḥ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3198: To be right, reciprocal, to argue, to decide, justify, convict

prove?
הוֹכֵ֣חַ (hō·w·ḵê·aḥ)
Verb - Hifil - Infinitive absolute
Strong's Hebrew 3198: To be right, reciprocal, to argue, to decide, justify, convict
(25) How forcible are right words !--"How forcible are words of uprightness! But what doth your reproof reprove? Open rebuke is better than secret love; better to be honestly and openly rebuked by you than be subject to the secret insinuations which are intended to pass for friendship."

Verse 25. - How forcible are right words! literally, words of uprightness. Such words have a force that none can resist. If the charges made by Eliphaz had been right and true, and his arguments sound and just, then Job must have yielded to them, have confessed himself guilty, and bowed down with shame before his judges. But they had had no such constraining power. Therefore they were not "words of uprightness." But what doth your arguing reprove? literally, What doth your reproving reprove? That is - What exactly is it that ye think to be wrong in me? At what is your invective aimed? 6:14-30 In his prosperity Job formed great expectations from his friends, but now was disappointed. This he compares to the failing of brooks in summer. Those who rest their expectations on the creature, will find it fail when it should help them; whereas those who make God their confidence, have help in the time of need, Heb 4:16. Those who make gold their hope, sooner or later will be ashamed of it, and of their confidence in it. It is our wisdom to cease from man. Let us put all our confidence in the Rock of ages, not in broken reeds; in the Fountain of life, not in broken cisterns. The application is very close; for now ye are nothing. It were well for us, if we had always such convictions of the vanity of the creature, as we have had, or shall have, on a sick-bed, a death-bed, or in trouble of conscience. Job upbraids his friends with their hard usage. Though in want, he desired no more from them than a good look and a good word. It often happens that, even when we expect little from man, we have less; but from God, even when we expect much, we have more. Though Job differed from them, yet he was ready to yield as soon as it was made to appear that he was in error. Though Job had been in fault, yet they ought not to have given him such hard usage. His righteousness he holds fast, and will not let it go. He felt that there had not been such iniquity in him as they supposed. But it is best to commit our characters to Him who keeps our souls; in the great day every upright believer shall have praise of God.
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