Job 7:15

15 So I would rather choke to death. That would be better than living in this body of mine.

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 Sometimes I think my bed will comfort me. I think my couch will keep me from being unhappy.
14 But even then you send me dreams that frighten me. You send me visions that terrify me.
15 So I would rather choke to death. That would be better than living in this body of mine.
16 I hate my life. I don't want to live forever. Leave me alone. My days don't mean anything to me.
17 "What are human beings that you think so much of them? What are they that you pay so much attention to them?
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