Job 4 :16

Job 4 :16 Translations

American King James Version (AKJV)

It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before my eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,

King James Version (KJV)

It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before my eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,

American Standard Version (ASV)

It stood still, but I could not discern the appearance thereof; A form was before mine eyes: There was'silence, and I heard a voice,'saying ,

Basic English Translation (BBE)

Something was present before me, but I was not able to see it clearly; there was a form before my eyes: a quiet voice came to my ears, saying:

Webster's Revision

It stood still, but I could not discern its form: an image was before my eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,

World English Bible

It stood still, but I couldn't discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes. Silence, then I heard a voice, saying,

English Revised Version (ERV)

It stood still, but I could not discern the appearance thereof; a form was before mine eyes: there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,

Definitions for Job 4 :16

Discern - To examine, prove or test; scrutinize.

Clarke's Commentary on Job 4 :16

Barnes' Commentary on Job 4 :16

It stood still - It took a fixed position and looked on me. It at first glided by, or toward him, then stood in an immovable position, as if to attract his attention, and to prepare him for the solemn announcement which it was about to make. This was the point in which most horror would be felt. We should be less alarmed at anything which a strange messenger should say, than to have him stand and fix his eyes steadily and silently upon us. Hence, Horatius, in "Hamlet," tortured by the imperturbable silence of the Ghost, earnestly entreated it to give him relief by speaking.

Hor. - What art thou that usurp'st this time of night,

Together with that fair and warlike form

In which the majesty of buried Denmark

Did sometime march? By heaven, I charge thee, speak.

Mar. - It is offended.

Ber. - See: It stalks away.

Hor. - Stay; speak: speak, I charge thee speak.

Act i. Sc. i.

Re-enter Ghost.

Hor. - But, soft; behold! lo, where it comes again!

I'll cross it, though it blast me. - Stay, illusion!

If thou hast any sound, or use of voice,

Speak to me:

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Wesley's Commentary on Job 4 :16

4:16 Stood - Having passed by him to, and again, he made a stand, and addressed himself to speak. The form - Exactly and distinctly. An image - I saw some visible resemblance, though in a confused manner. Silence - The spirit, which possibly had made some noise with his motion, now standing still made no noise; all other persons and things about me were silent, and I also kept in my voice and breath, that I might distinctly hear. In the Hebrew, the words run thus, silence and a voice I heard.
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