Job 16:16

16 My face is red with weeping, dark shadows ring my eyes;

Job 16:16 in Other Translations

16 My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;
16 My face is red with weeping, and on my eyelids is deep darkness,
16 My eyes are red with weeping; dark shadows circle my eyes.
16 Now my face is blotched red from weeping; look at the dark shadows under my eyes,
16 My face has grown red with weeping, and the shadow of death covers my eyes,

Job 16:16 Meaning and Commentary

Job 16:16

My face is foul with weeping
On account of the loss of his substance, and especially of his children; at the unkindness of his friends, and over his own corruptions, which he felt working in him, and breaking forth in unbecoming language; and because of the hidings of the face of God from him: the word used in the Arabic language F9 has the, signification of redness in it, as Aben Ezra and others observe; of red wine, and, as Schultens adds, of the fermentation of it; and is fitly used to express a man's face in excessive weeping, which looks red, and swelled, and blubbered:

and on my eyelids [is] the shadow of death;
which were become dim through weeping, so that he could scarcely see out of them, and, like a dying man, could hardly lift them up; and such was his sorrowful condition, that he never expected deliverance from it, but that it would issue in death; and which he supposed was very near, and that he had many symptoms of it, of which the decay of his eyesight was one; and he was so far from winking with his eyes in a wanton and ludicrous way, as Eliphaz had hinted, ( Job 15:12 ) ; that there was such a dead weight upon them, even the shadow of death itself, that he was not able to lift them up.


F9 (hrmrmx) "intumuit", V. L. Tigurine version; "fermentescit", Schultens.

Job 16:16 In-Context

14 Again and again he bursts upon me; he rushes at me like a warrior.
15 “I have sewed sackcloth over my skin and buried my brow in the dust.
16 My face is red with weeping, dark shadows ring my eyes;
17 yet my hands have been free of violence and my prayer is pure.
18 “Earth, do not cover my blood; may my cry never be laid to rest!

Cross References 2

  • 1. ver 20; Psalms 6:6
  • 2. Job 2:7; Job 17:7; Job 30:17,30; Job 33:19; Isaiah 52:14