Job 21:3
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New International Version
Bear with me while I speak, and after I have spoken, mock on.

King James Bible
Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.

Darby Bible Translation
Suffer me and I will speak; and after I have spoken, mock on!

World English Bible
Allow me, and I also will speak; After I have spoken, mock on.

Young's Literal Translation
Bear with me, and I speak, And after my speaking -- ye may deride.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Let this be your consolations - ותהי זאת תנחומתיכם uthehi zoth tanchumotheychem may be translated, "And let this be your retractations." Let what I am about to say induce you to retract what you have said, and to recall your false judgments. נחם nacham signifies, not only to comfort, but to change one's mind, to repent; hence the Vulgate translates et agite paenitentiam, "and repent," which Coverdale follows in his version, and amende yourselves. Some suppose the verse to be understood ironically: I am now about to give you consolations for those you have given me. When I have done, then turn them into mockery if you please.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

that I may

Job 13:13 Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will.

Job 33:31-33 Mark well, O Job, listen to me: hold your peace, and I will speak...

mock on

Job 12:4,5 I am as one mocked of his neighbor, who calls on God, and he answers him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn...

Job 13:9 Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocks another, do you so mock him?

Job 16:10,20 They have gaped on me with their mouth; they have smitten me on the cheek reproachfully...

Job 17:2 Are there not mockers with me? and does not my eye continue in their provocation?

Not Now, but Hereafter!
It is mainly my business, today, to deal with those who may wickedly continue in sin because their judgment tarries. If the Lord does not in this world visit the ungodly with stripes, this is but the surer evidence that in the world to come there is a solemn retribution for the impenitent. If the affliction which is here accorded to men be not the punishment of sin, we turn to Scripture and discover what that punishment will be, and we are soon informed that it is something far heavier than any calamities
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 7: 1861

Whether the Rewards Assigned to the Beatitudes Refer to this Life?
Objection 1: It would seem that the rewards assigned to the beatitudes do not refer to this life. Because some are said to be happy because they hope for a reward, as stated above [1672](A[1]). Now the object of hope is future happiness. Therefore these rewards refer to the life to come. Objection 2: Further, certain punishments are set down in opposition to the beatitudes, Lk. 6:25, where we read: "Woe to you that are filled; for you shall hunger. Woe to you that now laugh, for you shall mourn and
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

How Christ is the Way in General, "I am the Way. "
We come now to speak more particularly to the words; and, first, Of his being a way. Our design being to point at the way of use-making of Christ in all our necessities, straits, and difficulties which are in our way to heaven; and particularly to point out the way how believers should make use of Christ in all their particular exigencies; and so live by faith in him, walk in him, grow up in him, advance and march forward toward glory in him. It will not be amiss to speak of this fulness of Christ
John Brown (of Wamphray)—Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life

The Sovereignty of God in Salvation
"O the depths of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgements, and His ways past finding out" (Rom. 11:33). "Salvation is of the LORD" (Jonah 2:9); but the Lord does not save all. Why not? He does save some; then if He saves some, why not others? Is it because they are too sinful and depraved? No; for the Apostle wrote, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief" (1
Arthur W. Pink—The Sovereignty of God

Cross References
Job 11:3
Will your idle talk reduce others to silence? Will no one rebuke you when you mock?

Job 17:2
Surely mockers surround me; my eyes must dwell on their hostility.

Job 21:2
"Listen carefully to my words; let this be the consolation you give me.

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