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?

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

New King James Version
If I am condemned, Why then do I labor in vain?

New American Standard Bible
“I am guilty, Why then should I struggle in vain?

NASB 1995
"I am accounted wicked, Why then should I toil in vain?

NASB 1977
“I am accounted wicked, Why then should I toil in vain?

Amplified Bible
“I am accounted wicked and held guilty; Why then should I labor in vain [to appear innocent]?

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Behold, if I will be condemned, why do you destroy me as if it were nothing?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
I become wicked; why [is] this? I labor [in] vain.

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?

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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…









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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

in vain?
הֶ֣בֶל (he·ḇel)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1892: Emptiness, vanity, transitory, unsatisfactory


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