Job 10:18
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New International Version
"Why then did you bring me out of the womb? I wish I had died before any eye saw me.

New Living Translation
"'Why, then, did you deliver me from my mother's womb? Why didn't you let me die at birth?

English Standard Version
“Why did you bring me out from the womb? Would that I had died before any eye had seen me

New American Standard Bible
'Why then have You brought me out of the womb? Would that I had died and no eye had seen me!

King James Bible
Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Why did You bring me out of the womb? I should have died and never been seen.

International Standard Version
So why did you bring me out from the womb? I wish I had died, before anyone had seen me,

NET Bible
"Why then did you bring me out from the womb? I should have died and no eye would have seen me!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
" 'Why did you take me out of the womb? I wish I had breathed my last breath before anyone had laid eyes on me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Why then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the spirit and no eye had seen me!

King James 2000 Bible
Why then have you brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had died, and no eye had seen me!

American King James Version
Why then have you brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!

American Standard Version
Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why didst thou bring me forth out of the womb: O that I had been consumed that eye might not see me!

Darby Bible Translation
And wherefore didst thou bring me forth out of the womb? I had expired, and no eye had seen me.

English Revised Version
Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Why then hast thou brought me forth from the womb? O that I had expired, and no eye had seen me!

World English Bible
"'Why, then, have you brought me forth out of the womb? I wish I had given up the spirit, and no eye had seen me.

Young's Literal Translation
And why from the womb Hast Thou brought me forth? I expire, and the eye doth not see me.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:14-22 Job did not deny that as a sinner he deserved his sufferings; but he thought that justice was executed upon him with peculiar rigour. His gloom, unbelief, and hard thoughts of God, were as much to be ascribed to Satan's inward temptations, and his anguish of soul, under the sense of God's displeasure, as to his outward trials, and remaining depravity. Our Creator, become in Christ our Redeemer also, will not destroy the work of his hands in any humble believer; but will renew him unto holiness, that he may enjoy eternal life. If anguish on earth renders the grave a desirable refuge, what will be their condition who are condemned to the blackness of darkness for ever? Let every sinner seek deliverance from that dreadful state, and every believer be thankful to Jesus, who delivereth from the wrath to come.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? A recurrence to his original complaint (Job 3:3-10); as if, after full consideration, he returned to the conviction that the root of the whole matter - the real thing of which he might justly complain - was that he had ever been born into the world alive! Oh that I had given up the ghost! Before birth, or in the act of birth (so Job 3:11). And no eye had seen me! "No eye," i.e., "had looked upon my living face." For then -

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb?.... Into this world; this act is rightly ascribed by Job to the Lord, as it is by David, Psalm 22:9; which kind act of God Job complains of, and wishes it had never been, seeing his life was now so miserable and uncomfortable; here he returns to his former complaints, wishes, and expostulations, expressed with so much vehemence and passion in Job 10:3; and for which his friends blamed him, and endeavoured to convince him of his error in so doing; but it does not appear that their arguments carried any force in them with him, or had any effect upon him; he still continues in the same mind, and by repeating justifies what he had said; and thought he had sufficient reason to wish he had never been born, that he had died in the womb, since his afflictions were so very great and increasing, and since God pursued him as a fierce lion; and, according to his sense of things, his indignation against him appeared more and more, and his life was a continued succession of trouble and distress:

and that I had given up the ghost; that is, in the womb, and had never been brought out of it, at least alive; or it may be rendered not as a wish, but as an affirmation, "I should have given up the ghost"; or, "so or then I should have expired" (e); if such care had not been taken of me, if God had not been so officious to me as to take me out of my mother's womb at the proper time, I should have died in it, and that would have been my grave; and which would have been more eligible than to come into the world, and live such a miserable life as I now live:

and no eye had seen me! no eye would have seen him, had he not been taken out of the womb; or however if he had died directly, would not have seen him alive; and an abortive or stillborn child few see, or care to see; and had he been such an one, he had never been seen in the circumstances he now was; and by this he suggests, that he was now such a shocking sight as was not fit to be seen by men, and which would have been prevented had he died in the womb.

(e) "expirabo", Montanus; "expirassem", Mercerus, Cocceius, Schmidt, Schultens.



Job 10:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job's Plea to God
17'You renew Your witnesses against me And increase Your anger toward me; Hardship after hardship is with me. 18'Why then have You brought me out of the womb? Would that I had died and no eye had seen me! 19'I should have been as though I had not been, Carried from womb to tomb.'…
Cross References
Job 3:11
"Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb?

Job 10:19
If only I had never come into being, or had been carried straight from the womb to the grave!

Job 23:17
Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.

Psalm 71:6
From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother's womb. I will ever praise you.

Jeremiah 20:17
For he did not kill me in the womb, with my mother as my grave, her womb enlarged forever.
Treasury of Scripture

Why then have you brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!

hast thou

Job 3:10,11 Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow …

Jeremiah 15:10 Woe is me, my mother, that you have borne me a man of strife and …

Jeremiah 20:14-18 Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my …

Matthew 26:24 The Son of man goes as it is written of him…

given up

Job 11:20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, …

Job 14:10 But man dies, and wastes away: yes, man gives up the ghost, and where is he?

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