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Job 36:21

    Job 36:21 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this have you chosen rather than affliction.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Take heed, regard not iniquity: For this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Take care not to be turned to sin, for you have taken evil for your part in place of sorrow.

    Webster's Revision

    Take heed, regard not iniquity: For this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

    World English Bible

    Take heed, don't regard iniquity; for you have chosen this rather than affliction.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.

    Definitions for Job 36:21

    Heed - To be careful to consider.
    Iniquity - Sin; wickedness; evil.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 36:21

    Regard not iniquity - It is sinful to entertain such wishes; it is an insult to the providence of God. He sends affliction; he knows this to be best for thee: but thou hast preferred death to affliction, thereby setting thy wisdom against the wisdom of God. Many in affliction, long for death; and yet they are not prepared to appear before God! What madness is this! If he takes them at their wish, they are ruined for ever. Affliction may be the means of their salvation; the wished-for death, of their eternal destruction.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 36:21

    Take heed, regard not iniquity - That is, be cautious that in the view which you take of the divine government, and the sentiments which you express, you do not become the advocate of iniquity. Elihu apprehended this from the remarks in which he had indulged, and regarded him as having become the advocate of the same sentiments which the wicked held, and as in fact manifesting the same spirit. It is well to put a man who is afflicted on his guard against this, when he attempts to reason about the divine administration.

    For this hast thou chosen rather than affliction - That is, you have chosen rather to give vent to the language of complaint, than to bear your trials with resignation. "You have chosen rather to accuse divine Providence than to submit patiently to his chastisements." "Patrick." There was too much truth in this remark about Job; and it is still not an uncommon thing in times of trial, and indeed in human life in general. People often prefer iniquity to affliction. They will commit crime rather than suffer the evils of poverty; they will be guilty of fraud and forgery to avoid apprehended want. They will be dishonest to their creditors rather than submit to the disgrace of bankruptcy. They will take advantage of the widow and the fatherless rather than suffer themselves. "Sin is often preferred to affliction;" and many are the people who, to avoid calamity, would not shrink from the commission of wrong. Especially in times of trial, when the hand of God is laid upon people, they "prefer" a spirit of complaining and murmuring to patient and calm resignation to the will of God. They seek relief even in complaining; and think it "some" alleviation of their sufferings that they can "find fault with God." "They who choose iniquity rather than affliction, make a very foolish choice; they that ease their cares by sinful pleasures, escape their troubles by sinful projects, and evade sufferings for righteousness' sake by sinful compliances against their consciences; these make a choice they will repent of, for there is more evil in the least sin than in the greatest affliction." Henry.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 36:21

    36:21 Chosen - Thou hast chosen rather to quarrel with God, and censure his judgments, than quietly to submit to them.
    Book: Job