Job 11:17
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New International Version
Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning.

New Living Translation
Your life will be brighter than the noonday. Even darkness will be as bright as morning.

English Standard Version
And your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning.

New American Standard Bible
"Your life would be brighter than noonday; Darkness would be like the morning.

King James Bible
And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your life will be brighter than noonday; its darkness will be like the morning.

International Standard Version
Your life will be brighter than noonday. Even its darkness will be like dawn.

NET Bible
And life will be brighter than the noonday; though there be darkness, it will be like the morning.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then your life will be brighter than the noonday sun. The darkness in your life will become like morning.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.

King James 2000 Bible
And your life shall be brighter than the noonday; you shall shine forth, you shall be as the morning.

American King James Version
And your age shall be clearer than the noonday: you shall shine forth, you shall be as the morning.

American Standard Version
And thy life shall be clearer than the noonday; Though there be darkness, it shall be as the morning.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And brightness like that of the noonday, shall arise to thee at evening: and when thou shalt think thyself consumed, thou shalt rise as the day star.

Darby Bible Translation
And life shall arise brighter than noonday; though thou be enshrouded in darkness, thou shalt be as the morning,

English Revised Version
And thy life shall be clearer than the noonday; though there be darkness, it shall be as the morning.

Webster's Bible Translation
And thy age shall be clearer than the noon-day: thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.

World English Bible
Life shall be clearer than the noonday. Though there is darkness, it shall be as the morning.

Young's Literal Translation
And above the noon doth age rise, Thou fliest -- as the morning thou art.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:13-20 Zophar exhorts Job to repentance, and gives him encouragement, yet mixed with hard thoughts of him. He thought that worldly prosperity was always the lot of the righteous, and that Job was to be deemed a hypocrite unless his prosperity was restored. Then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; that is, thou mayst come boldly to the throne of grace, and not with the terror and amazement expressed in ch. 9:34. If we are looked upon in the face of the Anointed, our faces that were cast down may be lifted up; though polluted, being now washed with the blood of Christ, they may be lifted up without spot. We may draw near in full assurance of faith, when we are sprinkled from an evil conscience, Heb 10:22.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; literally, shall arise above the noonday; i.e. "exceed it in splendour." Instead of the "thick darkness" to which Job is looking forward (Job 10:21, 22), he shall bask in a light brighter than that of the sun at noon. Thou shalt shine forth. The Hebrew cannot possibly bear this meaning. The uncommon word used is allied with עֵיפָה, "obscurity," and, if a verb, should mean "thou shalt be obscure," rather than "thou shalt shine forth." But it is perhaps a substantive, meaning "darkness;" and the translation of the Revised Version is perhaps correct: "Though there be darkness." Thou shalt be as the morning. "Thy light," as Professor Lee explains, "shall gradually rise and expand itself far and wide." It shall dispel the darkness, and take its place," shining more and more unto the perfect day" (Proverbs 4:18).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday,.... That is, the remainder of his days; the latter part of his life, which was yet to come, should be no more attended with the darkness of adversity; but the light of prosperity should shine upon him, and exceed the light of the sun at noonday: the phrase is expressive of the wonderful change there should be in his state and circumstances; see Isaiah 58:10;

thou shall shine forth; like the rising sun, or as when it breaks forth out of a cloud; in a temporal sense, it may be understood of his enjoying health, wealth, and friends, the candle of the Lord shining upon him, as in days past; and in a spiritual sense, of his being favoured with the light of God's countenance, the Sun of righteousness rising upon him, with healing in his wings; the graces of the Spirit being brightened, and in lively exercise, and a large share of spiritual light and knowledge being given: the word used has a contrary sense, and signifies darkness and obscurity, and may be rendered "although thou art", or hast been, or mayest "be dark" (x); under dark and afflictive providences, as he had been, and still was and in darkness of soul, under the hidings of God's face: yet

thou shall be as the morning; whose light breaks forth suddenly, and makes everything gay and cheerful; especially a morning without clouds, when it is bright and clear, and is increasing more and more: by this metaphor is signified, that Job would at once emerge out of his darkness, afflictions, and trouble, and have abundance of joy and comfort, which would be increasing in every sense; see Proverbs 4:18.

(x) "tenebresces", Montanus, Drusius, Mercerus; to the same sense, Tigurine version, Cocceius, Schmidt, Schultens; so Ben Melech.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. age—days of life.

the noon-day—namely, of thy former prosperity; which, in the poet's image, had gone on increasing, until it reached its height, as the sun rises higher and higher until it reaches the meridian (Pr 4:18).

shine forth—rather, "though now in darkness, thou shall be as the morning"; or, "thy darkness (if any dark shade should arise on thee, it) shall be as the morning" (only the dullness of morning twilight, not nocturnal darkness) [Umbreit].

Job 11:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Zophar Rebukes Job
16"For you would forget your trouble, As waters that have passed by, you would remember it. 17"Your life would be brighter than noonday; Darkness would be like the morning. 18"Then you would trust, because there is hope; And you would look around and rest securely.…
Cross References
Job 11:18
You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.

Job 22:26
Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty and will lift up your face to God.

Job 22:28
What you decide on will be done, and light will shine on your ways.

Job 29:3
when his lamp shone on my head and by his light I walked through darkness!

Psalm 37:6
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.

Psalm 112:4
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.

Proverbs 4:18
The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

Isaiah 58:10
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
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