Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Job 30:26

"When I expected good, then evil came; When I waited for light, then darkness came.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Colors;   Thompson Chain Reference - Dark Days;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Light;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Job, the Book of;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Light;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

When I looked for good - When I supposed that respect would be shown me; or when I looked forward to an honored old age. I expected to be made happy and prosperous through life, as the result of my uprightness and benevolence; but, instead of that, calamity came and swept all my comforts away. He experienced the instability which most people are called to experience, and the divine dealings with him showed that no reliance could be placed on confident plans of happiness in this life.

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John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

When I looked for good,.... As he thought he might reasonably expect it, since he had shown such a sympathizing spirit to persons in trouble, and such pity and mercy to the poor: in the time of his prosperity, he looked for a continuance of the good things he enjoyed, and expected to have had them for many years to come, and to have died in the possession of them, Job 29:18; and even in his adversity, though he had received evil things at the hand of God, which he took patiently; yet at first he did not think they would always continue, but that there would be a turn of affairs, and he should again receive good at his hands; and he had been looking for it, as good men have reason to expect it; since God is good and does good, and especially to his own people, and has laid up goodness for them that fear him, and such an one Job was; and has promised good things unto them, both temporal and spiritual; for godliness and godly men have the promise of this life, and of that which is to come: but Job was disappointed in his expectation; for, says he,

then evil came unto me, the evil of affliction, one upon the back of another, even when in the height of his prosperity; and since repeated evil, new afflictions, came upon him by the appointment, order, and direction of God:

and when I waited for light; for the light of outward prosperity, such as he had formerly enjoyed; and for the light of God's countenance, which he most earnestly sought after, and longed for, and was in a waiting posture for it, as good men have reason to be; since light is sown for them in the purposes and decrees of God, in his counsel and covenant, in his Gospel, and the promises of it; and therefore should wait for the springing of it up, as the husbandman does for the springing up of the corn sown in the earth, and lying under the clods; and seeing that to the upright there arises light in darkness; and though God hides his face from them, for a moment, he will have mercy on them, and therefore should wait his time to be gracious to them; but Job had waited long, and, as he thought, to no purpose: for

there came darkness; the darkness of adversity, still thicker and darker, and no appearance of spiritual light and favour, or any discoveries of the love of God to him, or enjoyment of his presence; see Jeremiah 8:15.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 30:26". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-30.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

When I looked for good, then r evil came [unto me]: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.

(r) Instead of comforting they mocked me.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Job 30:26". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/job-30.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

I may be allowed to crave help, seeing that, “when I looked for good (on account of my piety and charity), yet evil,” etc.

light — (Job 22:28).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 30:26". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-30.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.

Upon me — Yet trouble came upon myself, when I expected it not.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Job 30:26". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/job-30.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 30:26 When I looked for good, then evil came [unto me]: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.

Ver. 26. When I looked for good] According to that general rule, and the common course of God’s proceedings, "With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again," Matthew 7:2. "With the merciful thou wilt show thyself merciful," Psalms 18:25. Middah cenegedh middah, say the Hebrews, Men shall have measure for measure, like for like. Hence Job expected to have all things at will, but it happened somewhat otherwise; and this puzzled him, he could not understand these cross occurrences. He could almost find in his heart to think that he was therefore so little pitied by others, because he had been so full of pity toward others.

When I waited for light, then came darkness] Things grew every day worse and worse with me, mending like sour ale in summer, as we say. Thus it fares many times with God’s best servants, these children of light walk in darkness, nevertheless let them trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon their God, in the fail of all outward comforts, Isaiah 50:10, Habakkuk 3:17-18. This is the triumph of faith, which tells the soul that things must go backward before they can come forward, and when matters are at worst they will mend.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 30:26". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-30.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Job 30:26. When I looked for good, &c.— See the note on chap. Job 3:25-26.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Job 30:26". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/job-30.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Instead of the return of the like pity to me, which I might justly challenge and expect whensoever I should stand in need of it, I meet with a sad disappointment, and my pity is recompensed with others’ cruelty to me.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 30:26". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/job-30.html. 1685.

Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible

In this verse the terms "good" and "light" may stand for the help and compassion that Job was expecting from his friends but did not receive.

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Dunagan, Mark. "Commentary on Job 30:26". "Mark Dunagan Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dun/job-30.html. 1999-2014.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

darkness. Hebrew "ophel. See note on Job 3:6.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Job 30:26". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/job-30.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.

I may be allowed to crave help, seeing that "when I looked for good (on account of my piety and charity), yet evil" etc. Light - prosperity and joy (Job 22:28).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 30:26". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/job-30.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(26) When I looked for good.—Before, in Job 3:25-26, he had spoken as one who did not wish to be the fool of prosperity, and so overtaken unawares by calamity, and who therefore looked at things on the darker side; now he speaks as one who hoped for the best, and yet, notwithstanding that hope, was disappointed and deceived.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Job 30:26". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/job-30.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.
When I looked
3:25,26; 29:18; Jeremiah 8:15; 14:19; 15:18; Micah 1:12
light
18:6,18; 23:17; Psalms 97:11; Isaiah 50:10
Reciprocal: Job 3:9 - look for light;  Psalm 30:7 - thou;  Psalm 42:9 - why go;  Isaiah 59:9 - we wait;  Lamentations 3:2 - brought

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 30:26". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-30.html.