Job 7:15

15 so that I prefer strangling and death, rather than this body of mine.

Job 7:15 in Other Translations

15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.
15 so that I would choose strangling and death rather than my bones.
15 I would rather be strangled— rather die than suffer like this.
15 That I'd rather strangle in the bedclothes than face this kind of life any longer.
15 so that I prefer strangling, death rather than life in this body.

Job 7:15 Meaning and Commentary

Job 7:15

So that my soul chooseth strangling
Not to strangle himself, as Ahithophel did, or to be strangled by others, this being a kind of death inflicted on capital offenders; but rather, as Mr. Broughton renders it, "to be choked to death" by any distemper and disease, as some are of a suffocating nature, as a catarrh, quinsy and kill in that way; and indeed death in whatsoever way is the stopping of a man's breath; and it was death that Job chose, let it be in what way it would, whether natural or violent; so weary was he of life through his sore and heavy afflictions:

[and] death rather than my life;
or, "than my bones" F9; which are the more solid parts of the body, and the support of it, and are put for the whole and the life thereof; or than these bones of his, which were full of strong pain, and which had nothing but skin upon them, and that was broken and covered with worms, rottenness, and dust; the Vulgate Latin version renders it, "and my bones death"; that is, desired and chose death, being so full of pain, see ( Psalms 35:10 ) .


F9 (ytwmuem) "prae ossibus meis", Montanus, Tigurine version, Bolducius, Cocceius, Schmidt, Schultens; so Mercerus, Piscator, Michaelis.

Job 7:15 In-Context

13 When I think my bed will comfort me and my couch will ease my complaint,
14 even then you frighten me with dreams and terrify me with visions,
15 so that I prefer strangling and death, rather than this body of mine.
16 I despise my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone; my days have no meaning.
17 “What is mankind that you make so much of them, that you give them so much attention,

Cross References 2

  • 1. 1 Kings 19:4; John 4:3
  • 2. Job 6:9; Revelation 9:6