Job 7:12
New International Version
Am I the sea, or the monster of the deep, that you put me under guard?

New Living Translation
Am I a sea monster or a dragon that you must place me under guard?

English Standard Version
Am I the sea, or a sea monster, that you set a guard over me?

Berean Study Bible
Am I the sea, or the monster of the deep, that You must keep me under guard?

New American Standard Bible
"Am I the sea, or the sea monster, That You set a guard over me?

King James Bible
Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?

Christian Standard Bible
Am I the sea or a sea monster, that you keep me under guard?

Contemporary English Version
Am I the sea or a sea monster? Is that why you imprison me?

Good News Translation
Why do you keep me under guard? Do you think I am a sea monster?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Am I the sea or a sea monster, that You keep me under guard?

International Standard Version
Am I the sea, or a sea monster, that you keep watching me?

NET Bible
Am I the sea, or the creature of the deep, that you must put me under guard?

New Heart English Bible
Am I a sea, or a sea monster, that you put a guard over me?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Am I the sea or a sea monster that you have set a guard over me?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Am I a sea, or a sea-monster, That Thou settest a watch over me?

New American Standard 1977
“Am I the sea, or the sea monster, That Thou dost set a guard over me?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Am I a sea, or a dragon, that thou settest a watch over me?

King James 2000 Bible
Am I a sea, or a sea monster, that you set a watch over me?

American King James Version
Am I a sea, or a whale, that you set a watch over me?

American Standard Version
Am I a sea, or a sea-monster, That thou settest a watch over me?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou hast enclosed me in a prison?

Darby Bible Translation
Am I a sea, or a sea-monster, that thou settest a watch over me?

English Revised Version
Am I a sea, or a sea-monster, that thou settest a watch over me?

Webster's Bible Translation
Am I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?

World English Bible
Am I a sea, or a sea monster, that you put a guard over me?

Young's Literal Translation
A sea -monster am I, or a dragon, That thou settest over me a guard?
Study Bible
Job Continues: Life Seems Futile
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? 13When I think my bed will comfort me, and my couch will ease my complaint,…
Cross References
Ezekiel 32:2
"Son of man, take up a lament for Pharaoh king of Egypt and say to him: 'You are like a lion among the nations; you are like a monster in the seas. You thrash about in your rivers, churning up the waters with your feet and muddying the streams.'

Ezekiel 32:3
This is what the Lord GOD says: 'I will spread My net over you with a company of many peoples, and they will draw you up in My net.

Treasury of Scripture

Am I a sea, or a whale, that you set a watch over me?

I a sea.

Job 7:17 What is man, that you should magnify him? and that you should set …

Job 38:6-11 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner …

Lamentations 3:7 He has hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he has made my chain heavy.

a whale.

Job 41:1-34 Can you draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord …







Lexicon
Am I
אָ֭נִי (’ā·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 589: I

the sea,
הֲ‍ֽיָם־ (hăyām-)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3220: A sea, the Mediterranean Sea, large river, an artifical basin

or
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

the monster of the deep,
תַּנִּ֑ין (tan·nîn)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8577: A marine, land monster, sea-serpent, jackal

that
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

You must keep me under
תָשִׂ֖ים (ṯā·śîm)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

guard?
מִשְׁמָֽר׃ (miš·mār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4929: Place of confinement, jail, prison, guard, watch, observance
(12) Am I a sea, or a whale . . .?--This very hard verse it seems most reasonable to explain, if we can, from Scripture itself: e.g., in Jeremiah 5:22 we read, "Fear ye not me? saith the Lord: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea?" The writer was probably familiar with Egypt when the Nile, which is still called the sea, was carefully watched and guarded by dykes that its overflow might not destroy the land. So Job exclaims, "Am I like the sea, or one of its monsters--like that Leviathan which Thou hast made to take his pastime therein, that Thou keepest guard over me and makest me thy prisoner continually, shutting me up on every side so fast in prison that I cannot get free?"

Verse 12. - Job now begins his complaint, which is wholly addressed to God. The heads of it are:

(1) that he is confined and restrained, allowed no liberty (ver. 12);

(2) that he is terrified by visions in the night (vers. 13, 14);

(3) that he is not "let alone" (ver. 16);

(4) that so much attention is paid to him (vers. 17-19);

(5) that he is made a butt for God's arrows (ver. 20); and

(6) that he is not pardoned, but relentlessly persecuted (ver. 21). Am I a sea, or a whale? rather, Am I a sea or a sea-monster? Am I as wild and uncontrollable as the ocean, as fierce and savage as a crocodile or other monster of the deep? Do I not possess reason and conscience, by which I might be directed and guided? Why, then, am I treated as if I were without them? The sea must be watched, lest it break in upon the land; in Egypt there had been many such breaches, as the configuration of the coast, with its narrow belts of sand and its vast lagoons, shows; and crocodiles must be watched, lest they destroy human life; but is there any need that I should be watched, restrained, coerced, hedged in on every side (Job 3:23)? Am I so dangerous? Surely not. Some liberty therefore might have been safely given to me, instead of this irksome restraint. That thou settest a watch over me; or, a guard; i.e. a set of physical impediments, which leave me no freedom of action. 7:7-16 Plain truths as to the shortness and vanity of man's life, and the certainty of death, do us good, when we think and speak of them with application to ourselves. Dying is done but once, and therefore it had need be well done. An error here is past retrieve. Other clouds arise, but the same cloud never returns: so a new generation of men is raised up, but the former generation vanishes away. Glorified saints shall return no more to the cares and sorrows of their houses; nor condemned sinners to the gaieties and pleasures of their houses. It concerns us to secure a better place when we die. From these reasons Job might have drawn a better conclusion than this, I will complain. When we have but a few breaths to draw, we should spend them in the holy, gracious breathings of faith and prayer; not in the noisome, noxious breathings of sin and corruption. We have much reason to pray, that He who keeps Israel, and neither slumbers nor sleeps, may keep us when we slumber and sleep. Job covets to rest in his grave. Doubtless, this was his infirmity; for though a good man would choose death rather than sin, yet he should be content to live as long as God pleases, because life is our opportunity of glorifying him, and preparing for heaven.
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