Job 10:22
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New International Version
to the land of deepest night, of utter darkness and disorder, where even the light is like darkness."

New Living Translation
It is a land as dark as midnight, a land of gloom and confusion, where even the light is dark as midnight.'"

English Standard Version
the land of gloom like thick darkness, like deep shadow without any order, where light is as thick darkness.”

New American Standard Bible
The land of utter gloom as darkness itself, Of deep shadow without order, And which shines as the darkness."

King James Bible
A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It is a land of blackness like the deepest darkness, gloomy and chaotic, where even the light is like the darkness."

International Standard Version
It's a gloomy land, like deepest darkness; where there's no order, and where even the brightness is like darkness.'"

NET Bible
to the land of utter darkness, like the deepest darkness, and the deepest shadow and disorder, where even the light is like darkness."

New Heart English Bible
the land dark as midnight, of the shadow of death, without any order, where the light is as midnight.'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
to a dismal land of long shadows and confusion where light is as bright as darkness. I'll never return.' "

JPS Tanakh 1917
A land of thick darkness, as darkness itself; A land of the shadow of death, without any order, And where the light is as darkness.

New American Standard 1977
The land of utter gloom as darkness itself,
            Of deep shadow without order,
            And which shines as the darkness.”



Jubilee Bible 2000
land of darkness, as darkness itself, and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.

King James 2000 Bible
A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.

American King James Version
A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.

American Standard Version
The land dark as midnight, The land of the shadow of death, without any order, And where the light is as midnight.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A land of misery and darkness, where the shadow of death, and no order, but everlasting horror dwelleth.

Darby Bible Translation
A land of gloom, as darkness itself; of the shadow of death, without any order, where the light is as thick darkness.

English Revised Version
A land of thick darkness, as darkness itself; a land of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.

Webster's Bible Translation
A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shades of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.

World English Bible
the land dark as midnight, of the shadow of death, without any order, where the light is as midnight.'"

Young's Literal Translation
A land of obscurity as thick darkness, Death-shade -- and no order, And the shining is as thick darkness.'

Study Bible
Job's Plea to God
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
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 10:21
Before I go-- and I shall not return-- To the land of darkness and deep shadow,

Job 11:1
Then Zophar the Naamathite answered,

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.
Treasury of Scripture

A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.

the shadow of death (Where death projects his shadow, intercepting the light of life: without any order, having no arrangement, no distinction of inhabitants; the poor and the rich are there, the king and the beggar, their bodies in equal corruption and disgrace: where the light is as darkness, a palpable obscure, space and place, with only such a light or capability of distinction, as renders 'darkness visible.')

Verse 22. - A land of darkness, as darkness itself; or, a land of thick darkness (see the Revised Version). And of the shadow of death, without any order. The absence of order is a new and peculiar feature. We do not find it in the other accounts of Hades. But it lends additional horror and weirdness to the scene. And where the light is as darkness. Not, therefore, absolutely without light, but with such a light as Milton calls "darkness visible."



A land of darkness, as darkness itself,.... Not merely like it, but truly so; as gross thick darkness, like that of Egypt, that might be felt; even blackness of darkness, which is as dark as it possibly can be; not only dark, but darkness, extremely dark:

and of the shadow of death; which is repeated for the illustration and confirmation of it, as having in it all kind of darkness, and that to the greatest degree:

without any order, or "orders" (i); or vicissitudes and successions of day and night, summer and winter, heat and cold, wet and dry; or revolutions of sun, moon, and stars, or of the constellations, as Aben Ezra; and whither persons go without any order, either of age, sex, or station; sometimes a young man, sometimes an old man, and the one before the other; sometimes a man, sometimes a woman; sometimes a king, prince, and nobleman, and sometimes a peasant; sometimes a rich man, and sometimes a poor man; no order is observed, but as death seizes them they are brought and laid in the grave, and there is no order there; the bones and dust of one and the other in a short time are mixed together, and, there is no knowing to whom they belong, only by the omniscient God:

and where the light is as darkness; were there anything in the grave that could with any propriety be called light, even that is nothing but darkness; darkness and light are the same thing there: or when "it shineth it is darkness" (k); that is, when the sun shines brightest here, as at noon day, it is entire darkness in the grave; no light is discerned there, the rays of the sun cannot penetrate there; and could they, there is no visive faculty in the dead to receive them; all darkness is in those secret places.

(i) "et non ordines", Pagninus, Montanus, Bolducius, Mercerus; "sine ordinibus", Cocceius, Schmidt. (k) "splendet", Beza, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. 22. The ideas of order and light, disorder and darkness, harmonize (Ge 1:2). Three Hebrew words are used for darkness; in Job 10:21 (1) the common word "darkness"; here (2) "a land of gloom" (from a Hebrew root, "to cover up"); (3) as "thick darkness" or blackness (from a root, expressing sunset). "Where the light thereof is like blackness." Its only sunshine is thick darkness. A bold figure of poetry. Job in a better frame has brighter thoughts of the unseen world. But his views at best wanted the definite clearness of the Christian's. Compare with his words here Re 21:23; 22:5; 2Ti 1:10. 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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