Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Job 6:4

Context
NET ©

For the arrows 1  of the Almighty 2  are within me; my spirit 3  drinks their poison; 4  God’s sudden terrors 5  are arrayed 6  against me.

NIV ©

The arrows of the Almighty are in me, my spirit drinks in their poison; God’s terrors are marshalled against me.

NASB ©

"For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, Their poison my spirit drinks; The terrors of God are arrayed against me.

NLT ©

For the Almighty has struck me down with his arrows. He has sent his poisoned arrows deep within my spirit. All God’s terrors are arrayed against me.

MSG ©

The arrows of God Almighty are in me, poison arrows--and I'm poisoned all through! God has dumped the whole works on me.

BBE ©

For the arrows of the Ruler of all are present with me, and their poison goes deep into my spirit: his army of fears is put in order against me.

NRSV ©

For the arrows of the Almighty are in me; my spirit drinks their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me.

NKJV ©

For the arrows of the Almighty are within me; My spirit drinks in their poison; The terrors of God are arrayed against me.


KJV
For the arrows
<02671>
of the Almighty
<07706>
[are] within
<05978>
me, the poison
<02534>
whereof drinketh up
<08354> (8802)
my spirit
<07307>_:
the terrors
<01161>
of God
<0433>
do set themselves in array
<06186> (8799)
against me.
NASB ©
"For the arrows
<02671>
of the Almighty
<07706>
are within
<05973>
me, Their poison
<02534>
my spirit
<07307>
drinks
<08354>
; The terrors
<01161>
of God
<0433>
are arrayed
<06186>
against me.
HEBREW
ynwkrey
<06186>
hwla
<0433>
ytweb
<01161>
yxwr
<07307>
hts
<08354>
Mtmx
<02534>
rsa
<0834>
ydme
<05978>
yds
<07706>
yux
<02671>
yk (6:4)
<03588>
LXXM
belh
<956
N-NPN
gar
<1063
PRT
kuriou
<2962
N-GSM
en
<1722
PREP
tw
<3588
T-DSN
swmati
<4983
N-DSN
mou
<1473
P-GS
estin
<1510
V-PAI-3S
wn
<3739
R-GPN
o
<3588
T-NSM
yumov
<2372
N-NSM
autwn
<846
D-GPN
ekpinei {V-PAI-3S} mou
<1473
P-GS
to
<3588
T-ASN
aima
<129
N-ASN
otan
<3752
ADV
arxwmai
<757
V-AMS-1S
lalein
<2980
V-PAN
kentousi {V-PAI-3P} me
<1473
P-AS
NET © [draft] ITL
For
<03588>
the arrows
<02671>
of the Almighty
<07706>
are within me
<05978>
; my
<02534>
spirit
<07307>
drinks
<08354>
their poison
<02534>
; God’s
<0433>
sudden terrors
<01161>
are arrayed against
<06186>
me.
NET ©

For the arrows 1  of the Almighty 2  are within me; my spirit 3  drinks their poison; 4  God’s sudden terrors 5  are arrayed 6  against me.

NET © Notes

sn Job uses an implied comparison here to describe his misfortune – it is as if God had shot poisoned arrows into him (see E. Dhorme, Job, 76-77 for a treatment of poisoned arrows in the ancient world).

sn Job here clearly states that his problems have come from the Almighty, which is what Eliphaz said. But whereas Eliphaz said Job provoked the trouble by his sin, Job is perplexed because he does not think he did.

tn Most commentators take “my spirit” as the subject of the participle “drinks” (except the NEB, which follows the older versions to say that the poison “drinks up [or “soaks in”] the spirit.”) The image of the poisoned arrow represents the calamity or misfortune from God, which is taken in by Job’s spirit and enervates him.

tn The LXX translators knew that a liquid should be used with the verb “drink”; but they took the line to be “whose violence drinks up my blood.” For the rest of the verse they came up with, “whenever I am going to speak they pierce me.”

tn The word translated “sudden terrors” is found only here and in Ps 88:16 [17]. G. R. Driver notes that the idea of suddenness is present in the root, and so renders this word as “sudden assaults” (“Problems in the Hebrew text of Job,” VTSup 3 [1955]: 73).

tn The verb עָרַךְ (’arakh) means “to set in battle array.” The suffix on the verb is dative (see GKC 369 §117.x). Many suggestions have been made for changing this word. These seem unnecessary since the MT pointing yields a good meaning: but for the references to these suggestions, see D. J. A. Clines, Job (WBC), 158. H. H. Rowley (Job [NCBC], 59), nonetheless, follows the suggestion of Driver that connects it to a root meaning “wear me down.” This change of meaning requires no change in the Hebrew text. The image is of a beleaguering army; the host is made up of all the terrors from God. The reference is to the terrifying and perplexing thoughts that assail Job (A. B. Davidson, Job, 44).



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