New International Version
Now that God has unstrung my bow and afflicted me, they throw off restraint in my presence.
King James Bible
Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.
Darby Bible Translation
For he hath loosed my cord and afflicted me; so they cast off the bridle before me.
World English Bible
For he has untied his cord, and afflicted me; and they have thrown off restraint before me.
Young's Literal Translation
Because His cord He loosed and afflicteth me, And the bridle from before me, They have cast away.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Because he hath loosed my cord - Instead of יתרי yithri, my cord, which is the keri or marginal reading, יתרו yithro, his cord, is the reading of the text in many copies; and this reading directs us to a metaphor taken from an archer, who, observing his butt, sets his arrow on the string, draws it to a proper degree of tension, levels, and then loosing his hold, the arrow flies at the mark. He hath let loose his arrow against me; it has hit me; and I am wounded. The Vulgate understood it in this way: Pharetram enim suam aperuit. So also the Septuagint: Ανοιξας γαρ φαρετραν αυτου; "He hath opened his quiver."
They have also let loose the bridle - When they perceived that God had afflicted me, they then threw off all restraints; like headstrong horses, swallowed the bit, got the reins on their own neck, and ran off at full speed.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Job, in his great indignation at the shameful accusation of unkindness to the needy, pours forth the following very solemn imprecation--"If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail; or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof; if I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering; if his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep; if I have lifted up my …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 8: 1863
Of Confession of Our Infirmity and of the Miseries of this Life
I went away full, but the LORD has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The LORD has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me."
Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.
Your wrath lies heavily on me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.
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