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Job 3



1Job curses the day and services of his birth.
13The ease of death.
20He complains of life, because of his anguish.

Verse 1
After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
1:22; 2:10
35:16; Psalms 39:2,3; 106:33
3; 1:11; 2:5,9; Jeremiah 20:14,15
his day
That is, the day of his birth.

Verse 2
And Job spake, and said,
Heb. answered.
Judges 18:14

Verse 3
Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.
Let the day
That is, as we say, "Let it be blotted out of the calendar."
10:18,19; Jeremiah 15:10; 20:14,15

Verse 4
Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
Exodus 10:22,23; Joel 2:2; Amos 5:18; Matthew 27:45; Acts 27:20; Revelation 16:10
God regard
Deuteronomy 11:12

Verse 5
Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
the shadow
10:21,22; 16:16; 24:17; 28:3; 38:17; Psalms 23:4; 44:19; 107:10,14; Isaiah 9:2; Jeremiah 2:6; 13:16; Amos 5:8; Matthew 4:16; Luke 1:79
stain it
or, challenge it. let a cloud.
Deuteronomy 4:11; Ezekiel 30:3; 34:12; Joel 2:2; Hebrews 12:18
let the blackness
or, let them terrify it, as those who have a bitter day.
Jeremiah 4:28; Amos 8:10

Verse 6
As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.
let it not be joined unto the days
or, let it not rejoice among the days.

Verse 7
Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.
Isaiah 13:20-22; 24:8; Jeremiah 7:34; Revelation 18:22,23

Verse 8
Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.
who are ready
2 Chronicles 35:25; Jeremiah 9:17,18; Amos 5:16; Matthew 11:17; Mark 5:38
their mourning
or, a leviathan.

Verse 9
Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day:
look for light
30:26; Jeremiah 8:15; 13:16
the dawning of the day
Heb. the eye-lids of the morning.

Verse 10
Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.
it shut not
10:18,19; Genesis 20:18; 29:31; 1 Samuel 1:5; Ecclesiastes 6:3-5; Jeremiah 20:17
6:2,3; 10:1; 23:2; Ecclesiastes 11:10

Verse 11
Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?
died I
Psalms 58:8; Jeremiah 15:10; Hosea 9:14
when I came
Psalms 22:9,10; 71:6; 139:13-16; Isaiah 46:3

Verse 12
Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?
the knees
Genesis 30:3; 50:23; Isaiah 66:12; Ezekiel 16:4,5

Verse 13
For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,
then had I been at rest
Ecclesiastes 6:3-5; 9:10

Verse 14
With kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves;
30:23; 1 Kings 2:10; 11:43; Psalms 49:6-10,14; 89:48; Ecclesiastes 8:8; Isaiah 14:10-16; Ezekiel 27:18-32
which built
Who erect splendid mausoleums, funeral monuments, etc. to keep their names from perishing, while their bodies are turned to corruption.
15:28; Isaiah 5:8; Ezekiel 26:20

Verse 15
Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:
who filled their houses
That is, "the covetous, whom nothing can satisfy," as the poet Saady has observed, "but the dust that fills his mouth, when laid in the grave."
22:25; 27:16; Numbers 22:18; 1 Kings 10:27; Isaiah 2:7; Zephaniah 1:18; Zechariah 9:3

Verse 16
Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.
an hidden
Psalms 58:8; 1 Corinthians 15:8

Verse 17
There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.
the wicked
14:13; Psalms 55:5-8; Matthew 10:28; Luke 12:4; 2 Thessalonians 1:6,7; 2 Peter 2:8
the weary
Heb. the wearied in strength. at rest.
Isaiah 57:1,2; Hebrews 4:9,11; Revelation 14:13

Verse 18
There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.
39:7; Exodus 5:6-8,15-19; Judges 4:3; Isaiah 14:3,4

Verse 19
The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.
The small
30:23; Psalms 49:2,6-10; Ecclesiastes 8:8; 12:5,7; Luke 16:22,23; Hebrews 9:27
and the servant
Psalms 49:14-20

Verse 20
Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;
6:9; 7:15,16; Jeremiah 20:18
16; 33:28,30
the bitter
7:15,16; 1 Samuel 1:10; 2 Kings 4:27; Proverbs 31:6

Verse 21
Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;
Heb. wait.
Numbers 11:15; 1 Kings 19:4; Jonah 4:3,8; Revelation 9:6
Proverbs 2:4

Verse 23
Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?
whose way
Isaiah 40:27
hedged in
12:14; 19:8; Psalms 31:8; Lamentations 3:7,9; Hosea 2:6

Verse 24
For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.
my sighing
7:19; Psalms 80:5; 102:9
I eat
Heb. my meat. my roarings.
Psalms 22:1,2; 32:3; 38:8; Isaiah 59:11; Lamentations 3:8

Verse 25
For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
the thing, etc
Heb. I feared a fear and it came upon me. that which.
1:5; 31:23

Verse 26
I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.
yet trouble came
27:9; Psalms 143:11


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 3:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge".

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