Job 30:31

31 My lyre is tuned to mourning, and my pipe to the sound of wailing.

Job 30:31 in Other Translations

KJV
31 My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.
ESV
31 My lyre is turned to mourning, and my pipe to the voice of those who weep.
NLT
31 My harp plays sad music, and my flute accompanies those who weep.
MSG
31 My fiddle plays nothing but the blues; my mouth harp wails laments.
CSB
31 My lyre is [used] for mourning and my flute for the sound of weeping.

Job 30:31 Meaning and Commentary

Job 30:31

My harp also is [turned] to mourning
Which he used, as David, either in religious worship, expressing praise to God thereby, or for his recreation in an innocent way; but now it was laid aside, and, instead of it, nothing was heard from him, or in his house, but the voice of mourning:

and my organ into the voice of them that weep;
another instrument of music, which had its name from the pleasantness of its sound, and was of early use, being first invented by Jubal, ( Genesis 4:21 ) ; but not that we now so call, which is of late invention: those instruments which Job might have and use, both in a civil and in a religious way, were now, through afflictions, become useless to him, and neglected by him; or these expressions in general may signify, that, instead of mirth and joy he was wont to have, there were nothing now to be heard but lamentation and woe; see ( Lamentations 5:15 ) ( Amos 8:10 ) .

Job 30:31 In-Context

29 I have become a brother of jackals, a companion of owls.
30 My skin grows black and peels; my body burns with fever.
31 My lyre is tuned to mourning, and my pipe to the sound of wailing.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Genesis 8:8; Psalms 137:2; Isaiah 16:11; Isaiah 24:8; Ezekiel 26:13
  • 2. S Genesis 4:21