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Job 9:17

    Job 9:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For he breaks me with a tempest, and multiplies my wounds without cause.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For he breaketh me with a tempest, And multiplieth my wounds without cause.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For I would be crushed by his storm, my wounds would be increased without cause.

    Webster's Revision

    For he breaketh me with a tempest, And multiplieth my wounds without cause.

    World English Bible

    For he breaks me with a storm, and multiplies my wounds without cause.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.

    Definitions for Job 9:17

    Tempest - Storm; whirlwind.
    Without - Outside.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 9:17

    He breaketh me with a tempest - The Targum, Syriac, and Arabic have this sense: He powerfully smites even every hair of my head and multiplies my wounds without cause. That is, There is no reason known to myself, or to any man, why I should be thus most oppressively afflicted. It is, therefore, cruel, and inconsequent to assert that I suffer for my crimes.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 9:17

    For he breaketh me - He is overwhelming me with a tempest; that is, with the storms of wrath. He shows me no mercy. The idea seems to be, that God acted toward him not as a judge determining matters by rule of law, but as a sovereign - determining them by his own will. If it were a matter of law; if he could come before him as a judge, and maintain his cause there; if the case could be fairly adjudicated whether he deserved the calamities that came upon him, he would be willing to enter into such a trial. But where the matter was determined solely by will, and God acted as a sovereign, doing as he pleased, and giving no account of his matters to anyone, then it would be useless to argue the cause. He would not know what to expect, or understand the principles on which an adjudication would be made. It is true that God acts as a sovereign, but he does not act without reference to law. He dispenses his favors and his judgments as he pleases, but he violates none of the rules of right. The error of Job was the common error which people commit, that if God acts as a sovereign, he must of course act regardless of law, and that it is vain to plead with him or try to please him. But sovereignty is not necessarily inconsistent with respect for law; and He who presides with the most absolute power over the universe, is He who is most directed by the rule of right. In Him sovereignty and law coincide; and to come to Him as a sovereign, is to come with the assurance that supreme rectitude will be done.

    And multiplieth my wounds without cause - That is, without sufficient reason. This is in accordance with the views which Job had repeatedly expressed. The main ground of his complaint was, that his sufferings were disproportionate to his faults.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 9:17

    9:17 Breaketh - Unexpectedly, violently, and irrecoverably. Cause - Not simply without any desert of his, but without any special cause of such singular afflictions; and peculiar and extraordinary guilt, such as his friends charged him with.
    Book: Job