Job 4:16

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It stands still, but I cannot recognize its appearance; an image is before my eyes, and I hear a murmuring voice:

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It stopped, but I could not tell what it was. A form stood before my eyes, and I heard a hushed voice:

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"It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance; A form was before my eyes; There was silence, then I heard a voice:

NLT ©

It stopped, but I couldn’t see its shape. There was a form before my eyes, and a hushed voice said,

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I couldn't tell what it was that appeared there--a blur...and then I heard a muffled voice:

BBE ©

Something was present before me, but I was not able to see it clearly; there was a form before my eyes: a quiet voice came to my ears, saying:

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It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; there was silence, then I heard a voice:

NKJV ©

It stood still, But I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; There was silence; Then I heard a voice saying :

KJV
It stood still
<05975> (8799)_,
but I could not discern
<05234> (8686)
the form
<04758>
thereof: an image
<08544>
[was] before mine eyes
<05869>_,
[there was] silence
<01827>_,
and I heard
<08085> (8799)
a voice
<06963>_,
[saying], {there...: or, I heard a still voice}
HEBREW
emsa
<08085>
lwqw
<06963>
hmmd
<01827>
ynye
<05869>
dgnl
<05048>
hnwmt
<08544>
wharm
<04758>
ryka
<05234>
alw
<03808>
dmey (4:16)
<05975>
LXXM
anesthn
<450>  
V-AAI-1S
kai
<2532>  
CONJ
ouk
<3364>  
ADV
epegnwn
<1921>  
V-AAI-1S
eidon
<3708>  
V-AAI-1S
kai
<2532>  
CONJ
ouk
<3364>  
ADV
hn
<1510>  
V-IAI-3S
morfh
<3444>  
N-NSF
pro
<4253>  
PREP
ofyalmwn
<3788>  
N-GPM
mou
<1473>  
P-GS
all
<235>  
CONJ
h
<2228>  
CONJ
auran
 
N-ASF
kai
<2532>  
CONJ
fwnhn
<5456>  
N-ASF
hkouon
<191>  
V-IAI-1S
NET © [draft] ITL
It stands
<05975>
still, but I cannot recognize
<05234>
its appearance
<04758>
; an image
<08544>
is before
<05048>
my eyes
<05869>
, and I hear
<08085>
a murmuring
<01827>
voice
<06963>
:
NET © Notes

tc The LXX has the first person of the verb: “I arose and perceived it not, I looked and there was no form before my eyes; but I only heard a breath and a voice.”

tn The imperfect verb is to be classified as potential imperfect. Eliphaz is unable to recognize the figure standing before him.

sn The colon reads “a silence and a voice I hear.” Some have rendered it “there is a silence, and then I hear.” The verb דָּמַם (damam) does mean “remain silent” (Job 29:21; 31:34) and then also “cease.” The noun דְּמָמָה (dÿmamah, “calm”) refers to the calm after the storm in Ps 107:29. Joined with the true object of the verb, “voice,” it probably means something like stillness or murmuring or whispering here. It is joined to “voice” with a conjunction, indicating that it is a hendiadys, “murmur and a voice” or a “murmuring voice.”