Job 17:12
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New International Version
turn night into day; in the face of the darkness light is near.

New Living Translation
These men say that night is day; they claim that the darkness is light.

English Standard Version
They make night into day: ‘The light,’ they say, ‘is near to the darkness.’

New American Standard Bible
"They make night into day, saying, 'The light is near,' in the presence of darkness.

King James Bible
They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They turned night into day and made light seem near in the face of darkness.

International Standard Version
They have transformed night into day— 'The light,' they say, 'is about to become dark.'

NET Bible
These men change night into day; they say, 'The light is near in the face of darkness.'

New Heart English Bible
They change the night into day, saying 'The light is near' in the presence of darkness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You say that night is day. Light has nearly become darkness.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They change the night into day; The light is short because of darkness.

New American Standard 1977
“They make night into day, saying,
            ‘The light is near,’ in the presence of darkness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They changed the night into day; the light is short because of the darkness.

King James 2000 Bible
They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.

American King James Version
They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.

American Standard Version
They change the night into day: The light,'say they , is near unto the darkness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They have turned night into day, and after darkness I hope for light again.

Darby Bible Translation
They change the night into day; the light [they imagine] near in presence of the darkness.

English Revised Version
They change the night into a day: the fight, say they, is near unto the darkness.

Webster's Bible Translation
They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.

World English Bible
They change the night into day, saying 'The light is near' in the presence of darkness.

Young's Literal Translation
Night for day they appoint, Light is near because of darkness.
Study Bible
Job Appeals from Men to God
11"My days are past, my plans are torn apart, Even the wishes of my heart. 12"They make night into day, saying, 'The light is near,' in the presence of darkness. 13"If I look for Sheol as my home, I make my bed in the darkness;…
Cross References
Job 17:11
"My days are past, my plans are torn apart, Even the wishes of my heart.

Job 17:13
"If I look for Sheol as my home, I make my bed in the darkness;

Isaiah 5:20
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Treasury of Scripture

They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.

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Deuteronomy 28:67 In the morning you shall say, Would God it were even! and at even …

short. Heb. near

(12) They change the night into day.--Comp. Job 11:17. So little did his friends enter into his case that they wanted him to believe that his night of trial was the reverse of darkness, and that there was light at hand. This was to him only the more painful mockery, because of its contrast to his felt condition. He, on the contrary, says that his only hope is in the grave. "The light," say they, "is near unto the darkness; that it is near before the darkness cometh; they try to persuade me that prosperity is close at hand."

Verse 12. - They change the night into day. They, my detractors, who are also my so-called "comforters," pretend to change my night into day; assure me that the cloud which rests on me is only for a time, and will ere long give place to the brightness of day, to a glorious burst of sunshine (see Job 5:18-26; Job 8:21, 22; Job 11:15-19). The light (they say) is short because of darkness; or, rather, is near because of the darkness. To extreme darkness shows that dawn must be near, that the day must soon break when my sorrow will be turned into joy. Job had not found himself comforted by these assurances, which lacked the ring of sincerity, and could not be accomplished except by miracle, which he did not feel that he had any right to expect. They change the night into day,.... Meaning either his friends, by what they had said unto him, or the thoughts of his heart, which comes to the same sense; these being in the night season employed about what had been said to him in the day, insomuch that he could get no sleep, the night was as broad day unto him; or they put the day before the night, contrary to the order of nature, as Noldius (z) observes, whereas the night is before the day, Genesis 1:5; his friends promising him long days, and an age clearer than noon day, as bright as the morning, Job 11:17; when the night of death was coming on, and he was hastening to the dark and silent grave:

the light is short because of darkness; the morning light, or light of the day, when that comes continues but for a short time, because of the darkness of the evening, which quickly follows; or because of the darkness of fiction, which fills it up, and makes it uncomfortable; or the light of prosperity, could it be enjoyed, is but short, because of the darkness of adversity; or "the light is near" (a), as in the original text; though Jarchi interprets the word "short" as we do; Noldius renders it, "the light is rather nearer than darkness" (b); after the night has been spent without sleep, the morning light is nearer than darkness; that may soon be expected, and so an end to sleep and rest.

(z) Ebr. Part. Concord. No. 1931. (a) "propinquam", Pagninus, Montanus; so Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, &c. (b) Ib. p. 642. 12. They—namely, "my friends."

change the night into day—that is, would try to persuade me of the change of my misery into joy, which is impossible [Umbreit] (Job 11:17); (but) the light of prosperity (could it be enjoyed) would be short because of the darkness of adversity. Or better for "short," the Hebrew "near"; "and the light of new prosperity should be near in the face of (before) the darkness of death"; that is, they would persuade me that light is near, even though darkness approaches.17:10-16 Job's friends had pretended to comfort him with the hope of his return to a prosperous estate; he here shows that those do not go wisely about the work of comforting the afflicted, who fetch their comforts from the possibility of recovery in this world. It is our wisdom to comfort ourselves, and others, in distress, with that which will not fail; the promise of God, his love and grace, and a well-grounded hope of eternal life. See how Job reconciles himself to the grave. Let this make believers willing to die; it is but going to bed; they are weary, and it is time that they were in their beds. Why should not they go willingly when their Father calls them? Let us remember our bodies are allied to corruption, the worm and the dust; and let us seek for that lively hope which shall be fulfilled, when the hope of the wicked shall be put out in darkness; that when our bodies are in the grave, our souls may enjoy the rest reserved for the people of God.
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