Job 9:29
New International Version
Since I am already found guilty, why should I struggle in vain?

New Living Translation
Whatever happens, I will be found guilty. So what's the use of trying?

English Standard Version
I shall be condemned; why then do I labor in vain?

Berean Study Bible
Since I am already found guilty, why should I labor in vain?

New American Standard Bible
"I am accounted wicked, Why then should I toil in vain?

King James Bible
If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?

Christian Standard Bible
Since I will be found guilty, why should I struggle in vain?

Contemporary English Version
So what's the use of trying to prove my innocence?

Good News Translation
Since I am held guilty, why should I bother?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Since I will be found guilty, why should I labor in vain?

International Standard Version
I will be condemned, so why should I wear myself out with this futility?

NET Bible
If I am guilty, why then weary myself in vain?

New Heart English Bible
I shall be condemned. Why then do I labor in vain?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I've already been found guilty. Why should I work so hard for nothing?

JPS Tanakh 1917
I shall be condemned; Why then do I labour in vain?

New American Standard 1977
“I am accounted wicked, Why then should I toil in vain?

Jubilee Bible 2000
If I am wicked, why then shall I toil in vain?

King James 2000 Bible
If I am wicked, why then labor I in vain?

American King James Version
If I be wicked, why then labor I in vain?

American Standard Version
I shall be condemned; Why then do I labor in vain?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But since I am ungodly, why have I not died?

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if so also I am wicked, why have I laboured in vain?

Darby Bible Translation
Be it that I am wicked, why then do I labour in vain?

English Revised Version
I shall be condemned; why then do I labour in vain?

Webster's Bible Translation
If I am wicked, why then do I labor in vain?

World English Bible
I shall be condemned. Why then do I labor in vain?

Young's Literal Translation
I -- I am become wicked; why is this? In vain I labour.
Study Bible
Job: How Can I Argue with God?
28I would still dread all my sufferings; I know that You will not acquit me. 29Since I am already found guilty, why should I labor in vain? 30If I should wash myself with snow and cleanse my hands with lye,…
Cross References
Job 9:20
Even if I were righteous, my mouth would condemn me; if I were blameless, it would declare me guilty.

Job 10:2
I will say to God: 'Do not condemn me! Let me know why You prosecute me.'

Psalm 37:33
the LORD will not leave them in their power or let them be condemned under judgment.

Treasury of Scripture

If I be wicked, why then labor I in vain?

Job 9:22
This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.

Job 10:7,14-17
Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand…

Job 21:16,17,27
Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me…







Lexicon
Since I am
אָנֹכִ֥י (’ā·nō·ḵî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 595: I

already found guilty,
אֶרְשָׁ֑ע (’er·šā‘)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7561: To be, wrong, to disturb, violate

why
לָמָּה־ (lām·māh-)
Preposition-l | Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

should I labor
אִיגָֽע׃ (’î·ḡā‘)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3021: To gasp, to be exhausted, to tire, to toil

in vain?
הֶ֣בֶל (he·ḇel)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1892: Emptiness, vanity, transitory, unsatisfactory
Verse 29. - If I be wicked; rather, I am wicked; i.e. I am accounted so - I am already condemned. The extreme afflictions raider which I suffer indicate that God has passed sentence upon me, and awarded me my punishment. Why then labour I in vain? i.e. Why argue? Why seek to justify myself, since no result is likely to follow? Nothing that I can say will alter God's foregone conclusion. 9:25-35 What little need have we of pastimes, and what great need to redeem time, when it runs on so fast towards eternity! How vain the enjoyments of time, which we may quite lose while yet time continues! The remembrance of having done our duty will be pleasing afterwards; so will not the remembrance of having got worldly wealth, when it is all lost and gone. Job's complaint of God, as one that could not be appeased and would not relent, was the language of his corruption. There is a Mediator, a Daysman, or Umpire, for us, even God's own beloved Son, who has purchased peace for us with the blood of his cross, who is able to save to the uttermost all who come unto God through him. If we trust in his name, our sins will be buried in the depths of the sea, we shall be washed from all our filthiness, and made whiter than snow, so that none can lay any thing to our charge. We shall be clothed with the robes of righteousness and salvation, adorned with the graces of the Holy Spirit, and presented faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. May we learn the difference between justifying ourselves, and being thus justified by God himself. Let the tempest-tossed soul consider Job, and notice that others have passed this dreadful gulf; and though they found it hard to believe that God would hear or deliver them, yet he rebuked the storm, and brought them to the desired haven. Resist the devil; give not place to hard thoughts of God, or desperate conclusions about thyself. Come to Him who invites the weary and heavy laden; who promises in nowise to cast them out.
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