Job 6:16

16 when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow,

Job 6:16 in Other Translations

16 Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid:
16 which are dark with ice, and where the snow hides itself.
16 when it is swollen with ice and melting snow.
16 From melting ice and snow cascading out of the mountains,
16 and become darkened because of ice, and the snow melts into them.

Job 6:16 Meaning and Commentary

Job 6:16

Which are blackish by reason of the ice
When frozen over, they look of a blackish colour, and is what is called a black frost; and these either describe Job and his domestics, as some F8 think whom Eliphaz and his two friends compared to the above streams water passed away from, or passed by and neglected, and showed no friendship to; who were in black, mournful and rueful circumstances, through the severe hand of God upon them. The word is rendered, "those which mourn", ( Job 5:11 ) ; or rather the friends of Job compared to foul and troubled waters frozen over which cannot be so well discerned, or which were black through being frozen, and which describes the inward frame of their minds the foulness of their spirits the blackness of their hearts, though they outwardly appeared otherwise, as follows:

[and] wherein the snow is hid;
or "on whom the snow" falling, and lying on heaps, "hides" F9, or covers; so Job's friends, according to this account, were, though black within as a black frost yet white without as snow; they appeared, in their looks and words at first as candid, kind, and generous, but proved the reverse.


F8 So Michaelis.
F9 (glv Mlety wmyle) "super quibus accumulatur nix", Beza, "tegit se, q. d. multa nive teguntur", Drusius; "the frost is hidden by the snow", so Sephorno; or rather "the black and frozen waters".

Job 6:16 In-Context

14 “Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15 But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow
16 when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow,
17 but that stop flowing in the dry season, and in the heat vanish from their channels.
18 Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go off into the wasteland and perish.

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