New International Version
"Only a few years will pass before I take the path of no return.
King James Bible
When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.
Darby Bible Translation
For years [few] in number shall pass, -- and I shall go the way [whence] I shall not return.
World English Bible
For when a few years are come, I shall go the way of no return.
Young's Literal Translation
When a few years do come, Then a path I return not do I go.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
When a few years are come - I prefer Mr. Good's version: -
"But the years numbered to me are come.
And I must go the way whence I shall not return."
Job could not, in his present circumstances, expect a few years of longer life; from his own conviction he was expecting death every hour. The next verse, the first of the following chapter, should come in here:
My breath is corrupt, etc. - He felt himself as in the arms of death: he saw the grave as already digged which was to receive his dead body. This verse shows that our translation of the twenty-second verse is improper, and vindicates Mr. Good's version.
I Have said on Job 16:9 that a part of Job's sufferings probably arose from appalling representations made to his eye or to his imagination by Satan and his agents. I think this neither irrational nor improbable. That he and his demons have power to make themselves manifest on especial occasions, has been credited in all ages of the world; not by the weak, credulous, and superstitious only, but also by the wisest, the most learned, and the best of men. I am persuaded that many passages in the Book of Job refer to this, and admit of an easy interpretation on this ground.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
a few years. Heb. years of number
LibraryEpistle Xlv. To Theoctista, Patrician .
To Theoctista, Patrician  . Gregory to Theoctista, &c. We ought to give great thanks to Almighty God, that our most pious and most benignant Emperors have near them kinsfolk of their race, whose life and conversation is such as to give us all great joy. Hence too we should continually pray for these our lords, that their life, with that of all who belong to them, may by the protection of heavenly grace be preserved through long and tranquil times. I have to inform you, however, that I have …
Saint Gregory the Great—the Epistles of Saint Gregory the Great
The Birth of Jesus Proclaimed by Angels to the Shepherds.
For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest
before I go to the place of no return, to the land of gloom and utter darkness,
on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend.
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