Job 7:11
New International Version
“Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

New Living Translation
“I cannot keep from speaking. I must express my anguish. My bitter soul must complain.

English Standard Version
“Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Berean Study Bible
Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

King James Bible
Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

New King James Version
“Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

New American Standard Bible
“Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

NASB 1995
“Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

NASB 1977
“Therefore, I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Amplified Bible
“Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul [O Lord].

Christian Standard Bible
Therefore I will not restrain my mouth. I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore I will not restrain my mouth. I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

American Standard Version
Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Also I shall not restrain my mouth, I shall speak in the grief of my spirit and I shall narrate in the bitterness of my soul

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Then neither will I refrain my mouth: I will speak being in distress; being in anguish I will disclose the bitterness of my soul.

Contemporary English Version
And so, I cry out to you in agony and distress.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore I will not spare my month, I will speak in the affliction of my spirit: I will talk with the bitterness of my soul.

English Revised Version
Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Good News Translation
No! I can't be quiet! I am angry and bitter. I have to speak.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So I won't keep my mouth shut, but I will speak from the distress that is in my spirit and complain about the bitterness in my soul.

International Standard Version
"In addition, I won't keep my opinion to myself; I'll speak from my distressed spirit; I'll complain with my bitter soul.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Literal Standard Version
Also I do not withhold my mouth—I speak in the distress of my spirit, I talk in the bitterness of my soul.

NET Bible
"Therefore, I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

New Heart English Bible
"Therefore I will not keep silent. I will speak in the anguish of my spirit. I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

World English Bible
"Therefore I will not keep silent. I will speak in the anguish of my spirit. I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Young's Literal Translation
Also I -- I withhold not my mouth -- I speak in the distress of my spirit, I talk in the bitterness of my soul.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Continues: Life Seems Futile
10He never returns to his house; his place remembers him no more. 11Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. 12Am I the sea, or the monster of the deep, that You must keep me under guard?…

Cross References
Job 9:27
If I were to say, 'I will forget my complaint and change my expression and smile,'

Job 10:1
"I loathe my own life; I will express my complaint and speak in the bitterness of my soul.

Job 21:4
Is my complaint against a man? Then why should I not be impatient?

Job 23:2
"Even today my complaint is bitter. His hand is heavy despite my groaning.

Psalm 40:9
I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; behold, I do not seal my lips, as You, O LORD, do know.

Isaiah 38:15
What can I say? He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done this. I will walk slowly all my years because of the anguish of my soul.


Treasury of Scripture

Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

I will not.

Job 6:26
Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?

Job 10:1
My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

Job 13:13
Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will.

the anguish.

Genesis 42:21
And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.

2 Kings 4:27,28
And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me…

Matthew 26:37,38
And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy…

the bitterness.

Job 10:15
If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction;

Job 21:25
And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.

1 Samuel 1:10
And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.









Verse 11. - Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; rather, I moreover will not refrain my lips; that is, "You may do as you like under affliction, I claim the right of complaining." Job has already pointed out that nature teaches the animals to complain when they suffer (Job 6:5). Why, then, should not he? Complaint is not necessarily murmuring; it is sometimes merely expostulation, which God allows (comp. Psalm 4:2; Psalm 77:3; Psalm 142:2, etc.). I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. Extreme "anguish" and "bitter" suffering excuse complaints that would otherwise be, blare-able (comp. Job 6:2-4).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Therefore
גַּם־ (gam-)
Conjunction
Strong's 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

I
אֲנִי֮ (’ă·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 589: I

will not
לֹ֤א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

restrain
אֶחֱשָׂ֫ךְ (’e·ḥĕ·śāḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 2820: To restrain, refrain, to refuse, spare, preserve, to observe

my mouth;
פִּ֥י (pî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

I will speak
אֲ‍ֽ֭דַבְּרָה (’ăḏab·bə·rāh)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

in the anguish
בְּצַ֣ר (bə·ṣar)
Preposition-b | Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6862: Narrow, a tight place, a pebble, an opponent

of 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

I will complain
אָ֝שִׂ֗יחָה (’ā·śî·ḥāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's 7878: To muse, complain, talk (of)

in the bitterness
בְּמַ֣ר (bə·mar)
Preposition-b | Adjective - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4751: Bitter, bitterness, bitterly

of my soul.
נַפְשִֽׁי׃ (nap̄·šî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion


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