Job 9:18
New International Version
He would not let me catch my breath but would overwhelm me with misery.

New Living Translation
He will not let me catch my breath, but fills me instead with bitter sorrows.

English Standard Version
he will not let me get my breath, but fills me with bitterness.

Berean Study Bible
He does not let me catch my breath, but overwhelms me with bitterness.

King James Bible
He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.

New King James Version
He will not allow me to catch my breath, But fills me with bitterness.

New American Standard Bible
“He will not allow me to get my breath, But He saturates me with bitterness.

NASB 1995
"He will not allow me to get my breath, But saturates me with bitterness.

NASB 1977
“He will not allow me to get my breath, But saturates me with bitterness.

Amplified Bible
“He will not allow me to catch my breath, But fills and saturates me with bitterness.

Christian Standard Bible
He doesn’t let me catch my breath but fills me with bitter experiences.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He doesn't let me catch my breath but soaks me with bitter experiences.

American Standard Version
He will not suffer me to take my breath, But filleth me with bitterness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he has not left me that my spirit may rest, because bitterness filled me, and wormwood made me drunk

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For he suffers me not to take breath, but he has filled me with bitterness.

Contemporary English Version
Before I could get my breath, my miseries would multiply.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He alloweth not my spirit to rest, and he filleth me with bitterness.

English Revised Version
He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.

Good News Translation
He won't let me catch my breath; he has filled my life with bitterness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He would not let me catch my breath. He fills me with bitterness.

International Standard Version
He won't let me catch my breath; instead, he fills me with bitterness.

JPS Tanakh 1917
That would not suffer me to take my breath, But fill me with bitterness.

Literal Standard Version
He does not permit me to refresh my spirit, "" But fills me with bitter things.

NET Bible
He does not allow me to recover my breath, for he fills me with bitterness.

New Heart English Bible
He will not allow me to catch my breath, but fills me with bitterness.

World English Bible
He will not allow me to catch my breath, but fills me with bitterness.

Young's Literal Translation
He permitteth me not to refresh my spirit, But filleth me with bitter things.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job: How Can I Argue with God?
17For He would crush me with a tempest and multiply my wounds without cause. 18He does not let me catch my breath, but overwhelms me with bitterness. 19If it is a matter of strength, He is indeed mighty! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?…

Cross References
Job 7:19
Will You never look away from me, or leave me alone to swallow my spittle?

Job 10:20
Are my days not few? Withdraw from me, that I may have a little comfort,

Job 13:26
For You record bitter accusations against me and bequeath to me the iniquities of my youth.

Job 27:2
"As surely as God lives, who has deprived me of justice--the Almighty, who has embittered my soul--


Treasury of Scripture

He will not suffer me to take my breath, but fills me with bitterness.

will not

Job 7:19
How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?

Psalm 39:13
O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

Psalm 88:7,15-18
Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah…

filleth me

Job 3:20
Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;

Lamentations 3:15,19
He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood…

Hebrews 12:11
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.









(18) Take my breath.--The action being that of breathing again after complete exhaustion--recovering breath and the power to breathe, &c. "If I say I am perfect, it also shall prove me perverse by the very act of saying so; because for man to maintain his righteousness before God is at once to proclaim his iniquity. The finite cannot come into competition with the Infinite, nor measure itself therewith."

Verse 18. - He will not suffer me to take my breath. "He gives me no breathing-space," that is, "no time of relaxation or refreshment. My existence is one continual. misery." (comp. Job 7:3-6, 13-19). But filleth me with bitterness; literally, with bitter things or bitterness (Hebrew, מַמְּר ורִים).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He does not
לֹֽא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

let
יִ֭תְּנֵנִי (yit·tə·nê·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

me catch
הָשֵׁ֣ב (hā·šêḇ)
Verb - Hifil - Infinitive absolute
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

my breath,
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

but
כִּ֥י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

overwhelms me
יַ֝שְׂבִּעַ֗נִי (yaś·bi·‘a·nî)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's 7646: To be sated, satisfied or surfeited

with bitterness.
מַמְּרֹרִֽים׃ (mam·mə·rō·rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4472: A bitterness, calamity


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