Job 6:4
New International Version
The arrows of the Almighty are in me, my spirit drinks in their poison; God’s terrors are marshaled against me.

New Living Translation
For the Almighty has struck me down with his arrows. Their poison infects my spirit. God’s terrors are lined up against me.

English Standard Version
For the arrows of the Almighty are in me; my spirit drinks their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me.

Berean Study Bible
For the arrows of the Almighty have pierced me; my spirit drinks in their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me.

King James Bible
For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.

New King James Version
For the arrows of the Almighty are within me; My spirit drinks in their poison; The terrors of God are arrayed against me.

New American Standard Bible
“For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, My spirit drinks their poison; The terrors of God line up against me.

NASB 1995
“For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, Their poison my spirit drinks; The terrors of God are arrayed against me.

NASB 1977
“For the arrows of the Almighty are within me; Their poison my spirit drinks; The terrors of God are arrayed against me.

Amplified Bible
Because the arrows of the Almighty are within me, My spirit drinks their poison; The terrors of God are arrayed against me.

Christian Standard Bible
Surely the arrows of the Almighty have pierced me; my spirit drinks their poison. God’s terrors are arrayed against me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Surely the arrows of the Almighty have pierced me; my spirit drinks their poison. God’s terrors are arrayed against me.

American Standard Version
For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, The poison whereof my spirit drinketh up: The terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because the bolts of The Almighty are in my flesh and their heat drinks up my spirit, and the terrors of God terrified me

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For the arrows of the Lord are in my body, whose violence drinks up my blood: whenever I am going to speak, they pierce me.

Contemporary English Version
The fearsome arrows of God All-Powerful have filled my soul with their poison.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the arrows of the Lord are in me, the rage whereof drinketh up my spirit, and the terrors of the Lord war against me.

English Revised Version
For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof my spirit drinketh up: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.

Good News Translation
Almighty God has shot me with arrows, and their poison spreads through my body. God has lined up his terrors against me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because the arrows of the Almighty [have found their target] in me, and my spirit is drinking their poison. God's terrors line up in battle against me.

International Standard Version
"The arrows of the Almighty have pierced me; my spirit absorbs their poison; God's terrors have been arranged just for me!

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, The poison whereof my spirit drinketh up; The terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.

Literal Standard Version
For arrows of the Mighty [are] with me, Whose poison is drinking up my spirit. Terrors of God array themselves [for] me!

NET Bible
For the arrows of the Almighty are within me; my spirit drinks their poison; God's sudden terrors are arrayed against me.

New Heart English Bible
For the arrows of Shaddai are within me. My spirit drinks up their poison. The terrors of God set themselves in array against me.

World English Bible
For the arrows of the Almighty are within me. My spirit drinks up their poison. The terrors of God set themselves in array against me.

Young's Literal Translation
For arrows of the Mighty are with me, Whose poison is drinking up my spirit. Terrors of God array themselves for me!

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Replies: My Complaint is Just
3For then it would outweigh the sand of the seas—no wonder my words have been rash. 4For the arrows of the Almighty have pierced me; my spirit drinks in their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me. 5Does a wild donkey bray over fresh grass, or an ox low over its fodder?…

Cross References
Ruth 1:20
"Do not call me Naomi," she replied. "Call me Mara, because the Almighty has dealt quite bitterly with me.

Job 16:13
His archers surround me. He pierces my kidneys without mercy and spills my gall on the ground.

Job 20:16
He will suck the poison of cobras; the fangs of a viper will kill him.

Job 21:20
Let his eyes see his own destruction; let him drink for himself the wrath of the Almighty.

Job 30:15
Terrors are turned loose against me; they drive away my dignity as by the wind, and my prosperity has passed like a cloud.

Job 34:6
Would I lie about my case? My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.'

Psalm 38:2
For Your arrows have pierced me deeply, and Your hand has pressed down on me.


Treasury of Scripture

For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinks up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.

the arrows.

Job 16:12-14
I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark…

Deuteronomy 32:23,42
I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them…

Psalm 7:13
He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.

drinketh up.

Deuteronomy 32:24
They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.

Psalm 143:7
Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.

Proverbs 18:14
The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

the terrors.

Job 9:17
For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.

Job 30:15
Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud.

Job 31:23
For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.









(4) The poison whereof drinketh up my spirit.--Rather, the poison whereof my spirit imbibeth, the rendering of the Authorised Version being ambiguous.

Do set themselves in array against me.--Like hosts marshalling themselves for battle. "If the ox or the ass will not low or bray so long as he is satisfied, so neither should I complain if I had no valid cause. My groaning is the evidence of a great burden, and consequently the disdainful way in which you treat it is insipid and distasteful to me--my soul refuseth to touch your proffered remedies; they are as loathsome meat to me." According to some, the words rendered "the white of an egg" mean the juice of purslain.

Verse 4. - For the arrows of the Almighty are wlthin me (comp. Psalm 38:2, "For thine arrows stick fast in me"). So Shakespeare speaks of "the slings and arrows el outrageous fortune" for calamities generally. The metaphor is a very common one (see Deuteronomy 32:23, 42; Psalm 7:13; Psalm 21:12; Psalm 45:5; Lamentations 3:13, 14). The poison whereof. Poisoned arrows, such as are now employed by the savage tribes of Central Africa, were common in antiquity, though seldom used by civilized nations. Ovid declares that the Scythians of his time made use of them ('Tristia,' 1, 2). Drinketh up my spirit; rather, my spirit drinketh up. Job's spirit absorbs the poison that festers in his wounds, and therefore loses control over itself. This is his apology for his vehemence; he is well-nigh distraught. He adds, The terrors of God do set themselves in array against me. Besides actual pains and sufferings, he is assailed by fears. God's terrors, i.e. all the other evils that he has at his disposal, are drawn up against him, as it were, in battle array, and still further agitate and distract his soul. What further troubles may not God bring upon him?

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For
כִּ֤י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

the arrows
חִצֵּ֪י (ḥiṣ·ṣê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 2671: A piercer, an arrow, a wound, thunderbolt, the shaft of a, spear

of the Almighty
שַׁדַּ֡י (šad·day)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 7706: The Almighty

have pierced me;
עִמָּדִ֗י (‘im·mā·ḏî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 5978: Against, by, from, me, mine, of, that I take, unto,

my spirit
רוּחִ֑י (rū·ḥî)
Noun - common singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

drinks in
שֹׁתָ֣ה (šō·ṯāh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's 8354: To imbibe

their poison;
חֲ֭מָתָם (ḥă·mā·ṯām)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 2534: Heat, anger, poison

the terrors
בִּעוּתֵ֖י (bi·‘ū·ṯê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1161: Terrors, alarms

of God
אֱל֣וֹהַּ (’ĕ·lō·w·ah)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 433: God -- a deity, the Deity

are arrayed against me.
יַֽעַרְכֽוּנִי׃ (ya·‘ar·ḵū·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | first person common singular
Strong's 6186: To set in a, row, arrange, put in order


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