Job 6:22

22 Have I ever said, ‘Give something on my behalf, pay a ransom for me from your wealth,

Job 6:22 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
22 Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance?
English Standard Version (ESV)
22 Have I said, 'Make me a gift'? Or, 'From your wealth offer a bribe for me'?
New Living Translation (NLT)
22 But why? Have I ever asked you for a gift? Have I begged for anything of yours for myself?
The Message Bible (MSG)
22 It's not as though I asked you for anything - I didn't ask you for one red cent -
American Standard Version (ASV)
22 Did I say, Give unto me? Or, Offer a present for me of your substance?
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
22 Did I ever say, 'Give me a gift,' or 'Offer me a bribe from your wealth,'
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
22 Have I ever said: Give me [something] or Pay a bribe for me from your wealth
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
22 I've never said, 'Give me something to help me. Use your wealth to set me free.

Job 6:22 Meaning and Commentary

Job 6:22

Did I say, bring unto me?
&c.] Or, "give unto me" F2; did I invite you to come to me, and bring in your hands presents for me, to support me under my necessitous circumstances?

or give a reward for me of your substance?
did I ever ask anything of you? if I had, it would have been but your duty to have given freely to me in my deplorable circumstances; and it might have been expected you would have given without asking, seeing my necessities so great: or did I desire you to communicate out of the great wealth and abundant riches you are possessed of to others on my behalf, to plead my cause among men, and to get a favourable sentence upon me, that I might not be traduced as a wicked man by censorious tongues? had I ever been troublesome to you in any respect, you might have been provoked to use me ill; but since nothing of this kind has ever been requested of you, you might have forborne ill language and hard words; which are often given to beggars; for when a man is fallen to decay, and becomes troublesome by his importunity, twenty things are raked up by his friends against his character; as that he has been lazy and indolent, or lavish and extravagant to save their money, and excuse them from acts of charity; but this was not the case here.


F2 (yl wbh) "date mihi", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Drusius, Cocceius, Michaelis.

Job 6:22 In-Context

20 They are distressed, because they had been confident; they arrive there, only to be disappointed.
21 Now you too have proved to be of no help; you see something dreadful and are afraid.
22 Have I ever said, ‘Give something on my behalf, pay a ransom for me from your wealth,
23 deliver me from the hand of the enemy, rescue me from the clutches of the ruthless’?
24 “Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Numbers 35:31; Job 33:24; Psalms 49:7
  • 2. Jeremiah 15:10
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