Job 10:16

16 If I hold my head high, you stalk me like a lion and again display your awesome power against me.

Job 10:16 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
16 For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me.
English Standard Version (ESV)
16 And were my head lifted up, you would hunt me like a lion and again work wonders against me.
New Living Translation (NLT)
16 And if I hold my head high, you hunt me like a lion and display your awesome power against me.
The Message Bible (MSG)
16 I try to make the best of it, try to brave it out, but you're too much for me, relentless, like a lion on the prowl.
American Standard Version (ASV)
16 And if [my head] exalt itself, thou huntest me as a lion; And again thou showest thyself marvellous upon me.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
16 Like a proud, ferocious lion you hunt me down. You keep working your miracles against me.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
16 If I am proud, You hunt me like a lion and again display Your miraculous power against me.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
16 If I become proud, you hunt me down like a lion. You show your mighty power against me.

Job 10:16 Meaning and Commentary

Job 10:16

For it increaseth
That is, the affliction increaseth; which is a reason why pity should be shown him, seeing his troubles instead of abating were growing upon him; he had as much, or more, than he could well bear, and yet more was added to it; so that he was an object of compassion: or, "it lifteth itself up" F3; these proud waves of affliction rise, swell, and lift themselves on high, and threaten to overwhelm and utterly destroy; some render it as a "wish, oh, that it increased" F4; that it would come to its height, and quickly and at once put an end to this miserable life of mine: Job's affliction was a lingering one, it proceeded slowly; he wished it would make more haste, and become stronger, and soon dispatch him; see ( Job 6:9 ) ;

thou huntest me as a fierce lion;
as the ramping shakal, as Mr. Broughton; the lion rampant, that is hungry, fierce, and ravenous, that pursues its prey with great eagerness, and never leaves till it comes up to it, when it seizes and devours it at once; or it, the affliction, hunteth me, pursues me closely, and will not leave, but threatens destruction to me; or rather, thou, that is God, who is often in Scripture compared to a lion, particularly when afflicting, or about to afflict the sons of men; see ( Isaiah 38:13 ) ( Hosea 5:14 ) ( Hosea 13:7 Hosea 13:8 ) ; some F5 interpret the words, as if Job was compared to a lion hunted by men, at which darts were cast, for which nets were prepared, and pits were dug: according to this sense Job was dealt with as if, in the time of his prosperity, he had been like a fierce and cruel lion, preying upon and oppressing others; now the Lord was taking methods with him, both to restrain him from hurting others, and to chastise him for what he had done to them: but it would be much better to consider this in a light more agreeable to Job's character as a good man, a righteous one, who is as bold as a lion, and fears nothing, ( Proverbs 28:1 ) ; and such an one was Job; and in his prosperity lifted up his head and walked boldly, and consequently not fearing the frowns of men, nor the malice of Satan; but now this lion was hunted by the Lord himself, and compassed with his net, ( Job 19:6 ) ; and to this sense is the version of Schultens, connecting the words with the preceding clause, "him therefore, who walked high as a lion, thou humblest"; he who before carried his head high, being afraid of none, is now hunted down, and lies low enough, prostrate and distressed:

and again thou showest thyself marvellous upon me;
or, "thou returnest


F6 and showest" after he had afflicted him in one way, he returned and afflicted him in another; and he not only repeated his afflictions, but devised new ways of afflicting him, uncommon ones, such as raised admiration in all beholders, as things rare and uncommon do: Job's afflictions were surprising ones; to be stripped at once of his substance, servants, children, and health; and it might be more wonderful to some, that God, so gracious and merciful as he is, should afflict in such a severe and rigorous manner; and especially that he should afflict so good a man, one so just and upright as Job was, in such a way: and it was even marvellous to Job himself, who was at a loss to account for it, not being conscious to himself of any gross enormity he had committed, or of a sinful course of life, or of anyone sin he had indulged to, wherefore God should come forth "against" F7 him as an enemy, in so terrible a manner: so some render the particle.

F3 (hagyw) "attollit sese", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; so Mercerus.
F4 So Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus, Bolducius.
F5 So Jarchi and Nachmanides; to which sense the Septuagint and Vulgate Latin versions incline.
F6 (bvtw) "et reverteris", Pagninus, Montanus, Bolducius, Vatablus, Mercerus; so Beza.
F7 (yb) "adversum me", Beza; "contra me", Vatablus, Junius & Tremellius.

Job 10:16 In-Context

14 If I sinned, you would be watching me and would not let my offense go unpunished.
15 If I am guilty—woe to me! Even if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head, for I am full of shame and drowned in my affliction.
16 If I hold my head high, you stalk me like a lion and again display your awesome power against me.
17 You bring new witnesses against me and increase your anger toward me; your forces come against me wave upon wave.
18 “Why then did you bring me out of the womb? I wish I had died before any eye saw me.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S 1 Samuel 17:34; Psalms 7:2; Isaiah 38:13; Jeremiah 5:6; Jeremiah 25:38; Lamentations 3:10; Hosea 5:14; Hosea 13:7
  • 2. Job 5:9; Isaiah 28:21; Isaiah 29:14; Isaiah 65:7
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