Job 7:21
New International Version
Why do you not pardon my offenses and forgive my sins? For I will soon lie down in the dust; you will search for me, but I will be no more."

New Living Translation
Why not just forgive my sin and take away my guilt? For soon I will lie down in the dust and die. When you look for me, I will be gone."

English Standard Version
Why do you not pardon my transgression and take away my iniquity? For now I shall lie in the earth; you will seek me, but I shall not be.”

Berean Study Bible
Why do You not pardon my transgression and take away my iniquity? For soon I will lie down in the dust; You will seek me, but I will be no more.”

New American Standard Bible
"Why then do You not pardon my transgression And take away my iniquity? For now I will lie down in the dust; And You will seek me, but I will not be."

King James Bible
And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.

Christian Standard Bible
Why not forgive my sin and pardon my iniquity? For soon I will lie down in the grave. You will eagerly seek me, but I will be gone.

Contemporary English Version
Why do you refuse to forgive? Soon you won't find me, because I'll be dead.

Good News Translation
Can't you ever forgive my sin? Can't you pardon the wrong I do? Soon I will be in my grave, and I'll be gone when you look for me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why not forgive my sin and pardon my transgression? For soon I will lie down in the grave. You will eagerly seek me, but I will be gone.

International Standard Version
Why haven't you pardoned my transgression and taken away my iniquity? Now I'm about to lie down in the dust. You will seek me diligently, but I won't be around!"

NET Bible
And why do you not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? For now I will lie down in the dust, and you will seek me diligently, but I will be gone."

New Heart English Bible
Why do you not pardon my disobedience, and take away my iniquity? For now shall I lie down in the dust. You will seek me diligently, but I shall not be."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why don't you forgive my disobedience and take away my sin? Soon I'll lie down in the dust. Then you will search for me, but I'll be gone!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And why dost Thou not pardon my transgression, And take away mine iniquity? For now shall I lie down in the dust; And Thou wilt seek me, but I shall not be.

New American Standard 1977
“Why then dost Thou not pardon my transgression And take away my iniquity? For now I will lie down in the dust; And Thou wilt seek me, but I will not be.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And why dost thou not take away my rebellion and pass over my iniquity? For now I shall sleep in the dust; and if thou shalt seek me in the morning, I shall not be found.

King James 2000 Bible
And why do you not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and you shall seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.

American King James Version
And why do you not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and you shall seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.

American Standard Version
And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? For now shall I lie down in the dust; And thou wilt seek me diligently, but I shall not be.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Why hast thou not forgotten my iniquity, and purged my sin? but now I shall depart to the earth; and in the morning I am no more.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why dost thou not remove my sin, and why dost thou not take away my iniquity? Behold now I shall sleep in the dust: and if thou seek me in the morning, I shall not be.

Darby Bible Translation
And why dost not thou forgive my transgression and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I lie down in the dust, and thou shalt seek me early, and I shall not be.

English Revised Version
And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I lie down in the dust; and thou shall seek me diligently, but I shall not be.

Webster's Bible Translation
And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.

World English Bible
Why do you not pardon my disobedience, and take away my iniquity? For now shall I lie down in the dust. You will seek me diligently, but I shall not be."

Young's Literal Translation
Thou dost not take away my transgression, And cause to pass away mine iniquity, Because now, for dust I lie down: And Thou hast sought me -- and I am not!
Study Bible
Job Continues: Life Seems Futile
20If I have sinned, what have I done to You, O Watcher of mankind? Why have You made me Your target, so that I am a burden to You? 21Why do You not pardon my transgression and take away my iniquity? For soon I will lie down in the dust; You will seek me, but I will be no more.”
Cross References
Job 3:13
For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest

Job 7:8
The eye that beholds me will no longer see me. You will look for me, but I will be no more.

Job 8:1
Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:

Job 9:28
I would still dread all my sufferings; I know that You will not acquit me.

Job 10:9
Please remember that You molded me like clay. Will You now return me to dust?

Job 10:14
If I sinned, You would take note, and would not acquit me of my iniquity.

Job 13:19
Can anyone indict me? If so, I will be silent and die.

Job 13:23
How many are my iniquities and sins? Reveal to me my transgression and sin.

Job 27:19
He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more; when he opens his eyes, all is gone.

Job 33:9
I am pure, without transgression; I am clean, with no iniquity in me.

Treasury of Scripture

And why do you not pardon my transgression, and take away my iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and you shall seek me in the morning, but I shall not be.

why dost.

Job 10:14
If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.

Job 13:23,24
How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin…

Isaiah 64:9
Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.

take away.

2 Samuel 24:10
And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O LORD, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.

Micah 7:18,19
Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy…

Hosea 14:2
Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.

sleep.

Job 3:13
For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,

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

Job 21:32,33
Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb…

in the morning.

Job 7:18
And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?

but I shall not be.

Psalm 37:36
Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.

Psalm 103:15
As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.







Lexicon
Why
וּמֶ֤ה ׀ (ū·meh)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

do You not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

pardon
תִשָּׂ֣א (ṯiś·śā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5375: To lift, carry, take

my transgression
פִשְׁעִי֮ (p̄iš·‘î)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6588: Transgression

and take away
וְתַעֲבִ֪יר (wə·ṯa·‘ă·ḇîr)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5674: To pass over, through, or by, pass on

my iniquity?
עֲוֺ֫נִ֥י (‘ă·wō·nî)
Noun - common singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5771: Iniquity, guilt, punishment for iniquity

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

soon
עַ֭תָּה (‘at·tāh)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 6258: At this time

I will lie down
אֶשְׁכָּ֑ב (’eš·kāḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7901: To lie down

in the dust;
לֶעָפָ֣ר (le·‘ā·p̄ār)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6083: Dust, clay, earth, mud

You will seek me,
וְשִׁ֖חֲרְתַּ֣נִי (wə·ši·ḥăr·ta·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7836: To dawn, be, early at any task, to search for

but I will be no more.”
וְאֵינֶֽנִּי׃ (wə·’ê·nen·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle
(21) And why dost thou not pardon my transgression?--In Job's belief, sin was the origin of all disaster, and so he thinks that if he were but pardoned his sorrows would pass away. Our Lord has not discouraged the belief when He has taught us that His miracle of healing the paralytic was accompanied with the assurance of forgiveness (e.g., Matthew 9:2; Mark 2:5; Luke 5:20).

Verse 21 - And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? Job feels that, if he has sinned, which he is ready to admit as possible, though he has certainly no deep conviction of sin (Job 6:24, 29, 30; Job 7:19), at any rate he has not sinned greatly, heinously; and therefore he cannot understand why he has not been forgiven. The idea that the Almighty cannot forgive sin except upon conditions, is unknown to him. Believing God to be a God of mercy, he regards him also, just as Nehemiah did, as a "God of pardons" (Nehemiah 9:17) - a belief which seems to have been instinctive with men of all nations. And it appears to him unaccountable that pardon has not been extended to himself. Like his "comforters." he makes the mistake of supposing that all his afflictions have been penal, are signs of God's displeasure, and intended to crush and destroy him. He has not woke up to the difference between God's punishments and his chastisements. Apparently, he does not know that "whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth," or that men are "made perfect through sufferings" (Hebrews 2:10). For now shall I sleep in the dust. Now it is too late for pardon to avail anything. Death is nigh at hand. The final blow must soon be struck. And thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I shall not be. The idea seems to be - God will relent at last; he will seek to alleviate my sufferings; he will search for me diligently - but I shall have ceased to be.



7:17-21 Job reasons with God concerning his dealings with man. But in the midst of this discourse, Job seems to have lifted up his thoughts to God with some faith and hope. Observe the concern he is in about his sins. The best men have to complain of sin; and the better they are, the more they will complain of it. God is the Preserver of our lives, and the Saviour of the souls of all that believe; but probably Job meant the Observer of men, whose eyes are upon the ways and hearts of all men. We can hide nothing from Him; let us plead guilty before his throne of grace, that we may not be condemned at his judgment-seat. Job maintained, against his friends, that he was not a hypocrite, not a wicked man, yet he owns to his God, that he had sinned. The best must so acknowledge, before the Lord. He seriously inquires how he might be at peace with God, and earnestly begs forgiveness of his sins. He means more than the removing of his outward trouble, and is earnest for the return of God's favour. Wherever the Lord removes the guilt of sin, he breaks the power of sin. To strengthen his prayer for pardon, Job pleads the prospect he had of dying quickly. If my sins be not pardoned while I live, I am lost and undone for ever. How wretched is sinful man without a knowledge of the Saviour!
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