Job 6:8
New International Version
"Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for,

New Living Translation
"Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant my desire.

English Standard Version
“Oh that I might have my request, and that God would fulfill my hope,

Berean Study Bible
If only my request were granted and God would fulfill my hope:

New American Standard Bible
"Oh that my request might come to pass, And that God would grant my longing!

King James Bible
Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!

Christian Standard Bible
If only my request would be granted and God would provide what I hope for:

Contemporary English Version
How I wish that God would answer my prayer

Good News Translation
Why won't God give me what I ask? Why won't he answer my prayer?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If only my request would be granted and God would provide what I hope for:

International Standard Version
"Who will grant my wish? I wish God would grant what I'm hoping for:

NET Bible
"Oh that my request would be realized, and that God would grant me what I long for!

New Heart English Bible
"Oh that I might have my request, that God would grant the thing that I long for,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"How I wish that my prayer would be answered- that God would give me what I'm hoping for,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Oh that I might have my request, And that God would grant me the thing that I long for!

New American Standard 1977
“Oh that my request might come to pass, And that God would grant my longing!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Oh, that I might have my request and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!

King James 2000 Bible
Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!

American King James Version
Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!

American Standard Version
Oh that I might have my request; And that God would grant me the thing that I long for!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For oh that he would grant my desire, and my petition might come, and the Lord would grant my hope!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who will grant that my request may come: and that God may give me what I look for?

Darby Bible Translation
Oh that I might have my request, and that +God would grant my desire!

English Revised Version
Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for.

Webster's Bible Translation
Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!

World English Bible
"Oh that I might have my request, that God would grant the thing that I long for,

Young's Literal Translation
O that my request may come, That God may grant my hope!
Study Bible
Job Replies: My Complaint is Just
7My soul refuses to touch them; they are loathsome food to me. 8If only my request were granted and God would fulfill my hope: 9that God would be willing to crush me, to unleash His hand and cut me off!…
Cross References
Job 6:7
My soul refuses to touch them; they are loathsome food to me.

Job 6:9
that God would be willing to crush me, to unleash His hand and cut me off!

Jonah 4:3
And now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live."

Treasury of Scripture

Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!

the thing that I long for.

Job 6:11-13
What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life? …

Job 17:14-16
I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister…

Psalm 119:81
CAPH. My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.







Lexicon
If only
מִֽי־ (mî-)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

my request
שֶֽׁאֱלָתִ֑י (še·’ĕ·lā·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7596: Request, thing asked for

were granted
תָּב֣וֹא (tā·ḇō·w)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

and God
אֱלֽוֹהַּ׃ (’ĕ·lō·w·ah)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 433: God -- a deity, the Deity

would fulfill
יִתֵּ֥ן (yit·tên)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set

my hope:
וְ֝תִקְוָתִ֗י (wə·ṯiq·wā·ṯî)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8615: A cord, expectancy
(8) Oh that I might have my request.--Baffled in the direction of his fellow-creatures, he turns, like many others, to God as his only hope, although it is rather from God than in God that his hope lies. However exceptional Job's trials, yet his language is the common language of all sufferers who think that relief, if it comes, must come through change of circumstances rather than in themselves in relation to circumstances. Thus Job looks forward to death as his only hope; whereas with God and in God there were many years of life and prosperity in store for him. So strong is this feeling in him, that he calls death the thing that he longs for, his hope or expectation. (Comp. Job 17, where even the hope that he had in death seems to have passed away and to have issued in blank hopelessness.)

Verse 8. - Oh that I might have my request! Here the second point is taken up. Eliphaz has threatened Job with death, representing it as the last and most terrible of punishments (Job 4:9, 20, 21; Job 5:2). Job's reply is that there is nothing he desires so much as death. His primary wish would have been never to have been born (Job 3:3-10); next to that, he would have desired an early death - the earlier the more acceptable (Job 3:11-19). As both these have been denied him, what he now desires, and earnestly asks for, is a speedy demise. It is not as yet clear what he thinks death to be, or whether he has any hope beyond the grave. Putting aside all such considerations, he here simply balances death against such a life as he now leads, and must expect to lead, since his disease is incurable, and decides in favour of death. It is not only his desire, but his "request" to God, that death may come to him quickly. And that God would grant me the thing that I long for; literally, my expectation or wish. The idea of taking his own life does not seem to have occurred to Job, as it would to a Greek (Plato, 'Phaedo,' § 16) or a Roman (Pithy, 'Epist.,' 1:12). He is too genuine a child of nature, too simple and unsophisticated, for such a thought to occur, and, if it occurred, would be too religious to entertain it for a moment. Like Aristotle, he would feel the act to be cowardly (Aristotle, 'Eth. Nic.,' 5, sub fin.); and, like Plato (l.s.c.), he would view it as rebellion against the will of God. 6:8-13 Job had desired death as the happy end of his miseries. For this, Eliphaz had reproved him, but he asks for it again with more vehemence than before. It was very rash to speak thus of God destroying him. Who, for one hour, could endure the wrath of the Almighty, if he let loose his hand against him? Let us rather say with David, O spare me a little. Job grounds his comfort upon the testimony of his conscience, that he had been, in some degree, serviceable to the glory of God. Those who have grace in them, who have the evidence of it, and have it in exercise, have wisdom in them, which will be their help in the worst of times.
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