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Job 21:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— As for me, is my complaint to man? And why should I not be impatient?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— As for me, [is] my complaint to man? and if [it were so], why should not my spirit be troubled?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “As for me, is my complaint to man? And why should I not be impatient?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— As for me, [is] my complaint to man? and if [it were so], why should not my spirit be troubled?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— As for me, is my complaint to a man? or wherefore should not my spirit be impatient?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Did, I, unto man, make my complaint? Wherefore, then, should my spirit not be impatient?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— I—to man [is] my complaint? and if [so], wherefore May not my temper become short?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Is my debate against man, that I should not have just reason to be troubled?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— As for mee, [is] my complaint to man? and if [it were so], why should not my spirit be troubled?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— What! is my reproof of man? and why should I not be angry?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— As for me, [is] my complaint to man? and if [it were so], why should not my spirit be troubled?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
As for me, x595
(0595) Complement
A primitive pronoun; I.
[is] my complaint 7879
{7879} Prime
From H7878; a contemplation; by implication an utterance.
to man? 120
{0120} Prime
From H0119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
and if x518
(0518) Complement
A primitive particle; used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogitive, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence as a negative, not.
[it were so], why x4069
(4069) Complement
From H4100 and the passive participle of H3045; what (is) known?; that is, (by implication), (adverbially) why?.
should not x3808
(3808) Complement
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
my spirit 7307
{7307} Prime
From H7306; wind; by resemblance breath, that is, a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions).
be troubled? 7114
{7114} Prime
A primitive root; to dock off, that is, curtail (transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively); especially to harvest (grass or grain).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 21:4

_ _ Job’s difficulty was not as to man, but as to God, why He so afflicted him, as if he were the guilty hypocrite which the friends alleged him to be. Vulgate translates it, “my disputation.”

_ _ if it were — rather, “since this is the case.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 21:1-6.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 21:4

Is — I do not make my complaint to, or expect relief from you, or from any men, hut from God only: I am pouring forth my complaints to God. If — If my complaint were to man, have I not cause?

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 21:4

As for me, [is] my complaint to man? and if [it (b) were so], why should not my spirit be troubled?

(b) As though he would say, I do not talk with man but with God, who will not answer me, and therefore my mind must be troubled.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
is my complaint:

Job 7:11-21 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. ... And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I [shall] not [be].
Job 10:1-2 My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. ... I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.
1 Samuel 1:16 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.
Psalms 22:1-3 [[To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David.]] My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? [why art thou so] far from helping me, [and from] the words of my roaring? ... But thou [art] holy, [O thou] that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
Psalms 77:3-9 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah. ... Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.
Psalms 102:1 [[A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD.]] Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.
Psalms 142:2-3 I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble. ... When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.
Matthew 26:38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

if it were:

2 Kings 6:26-27 And as the king of Israel was passing by upon the wall, there cried a woman unto him, saying, Help, my lord, O king. ... And he said, If the LORD do not help thee, whence shall I help thee? out of the barnfloor, or out of the winepress?
Psalms 42:11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, [who is] the health of my countenance, and my God.

Heb. shortened,
Exodus 6:9 And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.
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Ex 6:9. 1S 1:16. 2K 6:26. Jb 7:11; 10:1. Ps 22:1; 42:11; 77:3; 102:1; 142:2. Mt 26:38.

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