Job 16:5
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New American Standard Bible
"I could strengthen you with my mouth, And the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.

King James Bible
But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.

Darby Bible Translation
But I would encourage you with my mouth, and the solace of my lips should assuage your pain.

World English Bible
but I would strengthen you with my mouth. The solace of my lips would relieve you.

Young's Literal Translation
I might harden you with my mouth, And the moving of my lips might be sparing.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

(But I would strengthen you with my mouth With that which proceeds from the mouth - words.

And the moving of my lips - My speaking - implying that it would have been done in a mild, gentle, kind manner - so that the lips would appear just to move. Others, however, have given a different interpretation. Thus, Dr. Good renders it:

"With my own mouth will I overpower you,

Till the quivering of my lips shall fall."

But the common interpretation is to be preferred. The word rendered "moving" ניד nı̂yd is from נוּד nûd - "to move," "agitate," and hence, denotes "motion." It denotes here the motion of the lips when we speak. Gesenius renders it, "consolation," "comfort" - because this is expressed by a motion of the head.

Should assuage your grief - The word used here (יחשׂך yachâśak) means properly "to hold back," "to restrain;" Job 7:11. Here it is correctly rendered, meaning that he would hold back, or check their sorrows. In other words, he would sustain them.

Job 16:5 Parallel Commentaries

The Work of Jesus Christ as an Advocate,
CLEARLY EXPLAINED, AND LARGELY IMPROVED, FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL BELIEVERS. 1 John 2:1--"And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." By JOHN BUNYAN, Author of "The Pilgrim's Progress." London: Printed for Dorman Newman, at the King's Arms, in the Poultry, 1689. ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITOR. This is one of the most interesting of Bunyan's treatises, to edit which required the Bible at my right hand, and a law dictionary on my left. It was very frequently republished;
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3

The book of Job is one of the great masterpieces of the world's literature, if not indeed the greatest. The author was a man of superb literary genius, and of rich, daring, and original mind. The problem with which he deals is one of inexhaustible interest, and his treatment of it is everywhere characterized by a psychological insight, an intellectual courage, and a fertility and brilliance of resource which are nothing less than astonishing. Opinion has been divided as to how the book should be
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Job 16:4
"I too could speak like you, If I were in your place. I could compose words against you And shake my head at you.

Job 16:6
"If I speak, my pain is not lessened, And if I hold back, what has left me?

Job 29:25
"I chose a way for them and sat as chief, And dwelt as a king among the troops, As one who comforted the mourners.

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