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Job 6:19

    Job 6:19 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The caravans of Tema looked, The companies of Sheba waited for them.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The camel-trains of Tema were searching with care, the bands of Sheba were waiting for them:

    Webster's Revision

    The caravans of Tema looked, The companies of Sheba waited for them.

    World English Bible

    The caravans of Tema looked. The companies of Sheba waited for them.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The caravans of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 6:19

    The troops of Tema looked - The caravans coming from Tema are represented as arriving at those places where it was well known torrents did descend from the mountains, and they were full of expectation that here they could not only slake their thirst, but fill their girbas or water-skins; but when they arrive, they find the waters totally dissipated and lost. In vain did the caravans of Sheba wait for them; they did not reappear: and they were confounded, because they had hoped to find here refreshment and rest.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 6:19

    The troops of Tema looked - That is, looked for the streams of water. On the situation of Tema, see Notes, Job 2:11. This was the country of Eliphaz, and the image would be well understood by him. The figure is one of exquisite beauty. It means that the caravans from Tema, in journeying through the desert, looked for those streams. They came with an expectation of finding the means of allaying their thirst. When they came there they were disappointed, for the waters had disappeared. Reiske, however, renders this, "Their tracks (the branchings of the flood) tend toward Tema;" - a translation which the Hebrew will bear, but the usual version is more correct, and is more elegant.

    The companies of Sheba waited for them - The "Sheba" here referred to was probably in the southern part of Arabia; see the notes at Isaiah 45:14. The idea is, that the caravans from that part of Arabia came and looked for a supply of water, and were disappointed.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 6:19

    6:19 Tema - This place and Sheba were both parts of the hot and dry country of Arabia, in which waters were very scarce, and therefore precious and desirable, especially to travellers. Companies - Men did not there travel singly, as we do, but in companies for their security against wild beasts and robbers.
    Book: Job