Job 10:21
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New International Version
before I go to the place of no return, to the land of gloom and utter darkness,

New Living Translation
before I leave--never to return--for the land of darkness and utter gloom.

English Standard Version
before I go—and I shall not return— to the land of darkness and deep shadow,

New American Standard Bible
Before I go-- and I shall not return-- To the land of darkness and deep shadow,

King James Bible
Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
before I go to a land of darkness and gloom, never to return.

International Standard Version
before I go, never to return, leaving for the land of deep darkness and shadow.

NET Bible
before I depart, never to return, to the land of darkness and the deepest shadow,

New Heart English Bible
before I go where I shall not return from, to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
before I go away to a land of darkness and gloom,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Before I go whence I shall not return, Even to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;

New American Standard 1977
Before I go—and I shall not return—
            To the land of darkness and deep shadow;

Jubilee Bible 2000
before I go, to not return, to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;

King James 2000 Bible
Before I go where I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;

American King James Version
Before I go from where I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;

American Standard Version
Before I go whence I shall not return, Even to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Before I go, and return no more, to a land that is dark and covered with the mist of death:

Darby Bible Translation
Before I go, and never to return, -- to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;

English Revised Version
Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;

Webster's Bible Translation
Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness, and the shades of death;

World English Bible
before I go where I shall not return from, to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;

Young's Literal Translation
Before I go, and return not, Unto a land of darkness and death-shade,
Study Bible
Job's Plea to God
20"Would He not let my few days alone? Withdraw from me that I may have a little cheer 21Before I go-- and I shall not return-- To the land of darkness and deep shadow, 22The land of utter gloom as darkness itself, Of deep shadow without order, And which shines as the darkness."…
Cross References
2 Samuel 12:23
"But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me."

Job 3:13
"For now I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept then, I would have been at rest,

Job 10:22
The land of utter gloom as darkness itself, Of deep shadow without order, And which shines as the darkness."

Job 16:22
"For when a few years are past, I shall go the way of no return.

Job 34:22
"There is no darkness or deep shadow Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

Job 38:17
"Have the gates of death been revealed to you, Or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?

Psalm 23:4
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 39:13
"Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may smile again Before I depart and am no more."

Psalm 88:12
Will Your wonders be made known in the darkness? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
Treasury of Scripture

Before I go from where I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;

I go whence

Job 7:8-10 The eye of him that has seen me shall see me no more: your eyes are …

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

2 Samuel 12:23 But now he is dead, why should I fast? can I bring him back again? …

2 Samuel 14:14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which …

Isaiah 38:11 I said, I shall not see the LORD, even the LORD, in the land of the living…

the land

Job 3:5 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell …

Psalm 88:6,11,12 You have laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps…

the shadow. See on

Job 3:5 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell …

Psalm 23:4 Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will …

Jeremiah 2:6 Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the …

Verse 21. - Before I go whence I shall not return (comp. Job 7:9; and see 2 Samuel 12:23). Even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death. Job's idea of the receptacle of the dead, while it has some analogies with the Egyptian under-world, and even more with the Greek and Roman conceptions of Hades or Orcus, was probably derived from Babylonia, or Chaldea, on which the land that he inhabited bordered (Job 1:17). It was within the earth, consequently dark and sunless (compare the Umbrae of the Romans, and Euripides's νέκρων κευθμῶνα καὶ σκότου πύλας), deep (Job 11:8), dreary, fastened with belts and bars (Job 17:16). The Babylonians spoke of it as "the abode of darkness and famine, where earth was men's food, and their nourishment clay; where light was not seen, but in darkness they dwelt; where ghosts, like birds, fluttered their wings; and where, on the doors and on the door-posts, the dust lay undisturbed" (Transactions of the Society of Biblical Archaeology, vol. 1. p. 118). Before I go whence I shall not return,.... Before he went out of the world, the way of all flesh, to the grave, his long home, from whence there is no return to this world, and to the business and affairs of it; to a man's house, his family and his friends, to converse with them as before, there will be no return until the resurrection, which Job does not here deny, as some have thought; it was a doctrine he well understood, and strongly asserts in Job 19:26; but this must be understood in the same sense as in Job 7:9,

even to the land of darkness, and the shadow of death; which describes not the state of the damned, as some Popish interpreters, carry it; for Job had no thought nor fear of such a state; but the grave, which is called "a land", or country, it being large and spacious, and full of inhabitants; a land of "darkness", a very dark one, where the body separated from the soul is deprived of all light; where the sun, moon, and stars, are never seen; nor is there the least crevice that light can enter in at, or be seen by those that dwell in those shades, which are "the shadow of death" itself; deadly shades, thick and gross ones, the darkest shades, where death itself is, or dead men are, destitute of light and life; where no pleasure, comfort, and conversation, can be had; and therefore a land in itself most undesirable. 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.
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