Job 31:22

22 then let my arm fall from the shoulder, let it be broken off at the joint.

Job 31:22 in Other Translations

KJV
22 Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.
ESV
22 then let my shoulder blade fall from my shoulder, and let my arm be broken from its socket.
NLT
22 then let my shoulder be wrenched out of place! Let my arm be torn from its socket!
MSG
22 Go ahead, break both my arms, cut off all my fingers!
CSB
22 then let my shoulder blade fall from my back, and my arm be pulled from its socket.

Job 31:22 Meaning and Commentary

Job 31:22

[Then] let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade
With which the upper part of it is connected; let it be disjointed from it, or rot and drop off from it; a dreadful calamity this, to lose an arm and the use of it, to have it full off immediately, as a judgment from God, and in just retaliation for lifting up an hand or arm against the fatherless; as Jeroboam's arm withered when he put it forth from the altar, and ordered hands to be laid upon the prophet for crying against the altar, ( 1 Kings 13:4 ) ; and mine arm be broken from the bone; from the channel bone, as the margin of our Bibles, or rather from the elbow, the lower part of the arm and so may be rendered, "or mine arm" Eliphaz had brought a charge against Job, that the arms of the fatherless had been broken, and suggests that they had been broken by him, or by his orders, ( Job 22:9 ) ; and Job here wishes, that if that was the case, that his own arm was broken: such imprecations are not to be made in common, or frequently, and only when a man's innocence cannot be vindicated but by an appeal to the omniscient God; an instance somewhat like this, see in ( Psalms 137:5 Psalms 137:6 ) .

Job 31:22 In-Context

20 and their hearts did not bless me for warming them with the fleece from my sheep,
21 if I have raised my hand against the fatherless, knowing that I had influence in court,
22 then let my arm fall from the shoulder, let it be broken off at the joint.
23 For I dreaded destruction from God, and for fear of his splendor I could not do such things.
24 “If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’

Cross References 1

  • 1. Numbers 15:30; Job 5:15; Job 38:15; Psalms 10:15; Psalms 37:17; Psalms 137:5