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Job 31:22

    Job 31:22 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then let my arm fall from my shoulder blade, and my arm be broken from the bone.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Then let my shoulder fall from the shoulder-blade, And mine arm be broken from the bone.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    May my arm be pulled from my body, and be broken from its base.

    Webster's Revision

    Then let my shoulder fall from the shoulder-blade, And mine arm be broken from the bone.

    World English Bible

    then let my shoulder fall from the shoulder blade, and my arm be broken from the bone.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Then let my shoulder fall from the shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.

    Definitions for Job 31:22

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 31:22

    Let mine arm fall - Mr. Good, as a medical man, is at home in the translation of this verse: -

    "May my shoulder-bone be shivered at the blade,

    And mine arm be broken off at the socket."

    Let judgment fall particularly on those parts which have either done wrong, or refused to do right when in their power.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 31:22

    Then let mine arm - The strong language which Job uses here, shows his consciousness of innocence, and his detestation of the offences to which he here refers, Job 31:16-22. The word rendered "arm" here (כתף kâthêph) means properly the shoulder. Isaiah 46:7; Isaiah 49:22; Numbers 7:9; compare the notes at Isaiah 11:14. There is no instance, it is believed, unless this is one, in which it means arm, and the meaning here is, that he wished, if he had been guilty, his shoulder might separate from the blade. So Herder, Rosenmuller, Umbreit, and Noyes render it; and so the Vulgate and the Septuagint.

    From my shoulder-blade - The scapula - the flat bone to which the upper arm is attached. The wish of Job is, that the shoulder might separate from that, and of course the arm would be useless. Such a strong imprecation implies a firm consciousness of innocence.

    And mine arm - The word arm here denotes the forearm - the arm from the elbow to the fingers.

    From the bone - Margin, "the chanelbone." Literally, "from the reed" - מקנה miqâneh. Umbreit renders it, Schneller als ein Rohr - quicker than a reed. The word קנה qâneh means properly a reed, cane, calamus (see the notes at Isaiah 43:24), and is here applied to the upper arm, or arm above the elbow, from its resemblance to a reed or cane. It is applied, also, to the arm or branch of a chandelier, or candlestick, Exodus 25:31, and to the rod or beam of a balance, Isaiah 46.6. The meaning here is, that he wished that his arm should be broken at the elbow, or the forearm be separated from the upper arm, if he were guilty of the sins which he had specified. There is allusion, probably, and there is great force and propriety in the allusion, to what he had said in Job 31:2 l: "If his arm had been lifted up against an orphan, he prayed that it might fall powerless."
    Book: Job