Job 19:8
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New International Version
He has blocked my way so I cannot pass; he has shrouded my paths in darkness.

New Living Translation
God has blocked my way so I cannot move. He has plunged my path into darkness.

English Standard Version
He has walled up my way, so that I cannot pass, and he has set darkness upon my paths.

New American Standard Bible
"He has walled up my way so that I cannot pass, And He has put darkness on my paths.

King James Bible
He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He has blocked my way so that I cannot pass through; He has veiled my paths with darkness.

International Standard Version
He blocked my path, so I cannot pass; and he turned out the lights on my pathways.

NET Bible
He has blocked my way so I cannot pass, and has set darkness over my paths.

New Heart English Bible
He has walled up my way so that I can't pass, and has set darkness in my paths.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"God has blocked my path so that I can't go on. He has made my paths dark.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, And hath set darkness in my paths.

New American Standard 1977
“He has walled up my way so that I cannot pass;
            And He has put darkness on my paths.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He has walled off my way and I shall not pass, and he has set darkness in my paths.

King James 2000 Bible
He has fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he has set darkness in my paths.

American King James Version
He has fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he has set darkness in my paths.

American Standard Version
He hath walled up my way that I cannot pass, And hath set darkness in my paths.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He hath hedged in my path round about, and I cannot pass, and in my way he hath set darkness.

Darby Bible Translation
He hath hedged up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths.

English Revised Version
He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and hath set darkness in my paths.

Webster's Bible Translation
He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths.

World English Bible
He has walled up my way so that I can't pass, and has set darkness in my paths.

Young's Literal Translation
My way He hedged up, and I pass not over, And on my paths darkness He placeth.
Study Bible
Job: My Redeemer Lives
7"Behold, I cry, 'Violence!' but I get no answer; I shout for help, but there is no justice. 8"He has walled up my way so that I cannot pass, And He has put darkness on my paths. 9"He has stripped my honor from me And removed the crown from my head.…
Cross References
Job 3:23
"Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, And whom God has hedged in?

Job 23:17
But I am not silenced by the darkness, Nor deep gloom which covers me.

Job 30:26
"When I expected good, then evil came; When I waited for light, then darkness came.

Lamentations 3:5
He has besieged and encompassed me with bitterness and hardship.

Lamentations 3:7
He has walled me in so that I cannot go out; He has made my chain heavy.

Lamentations 3:9
He has blocked my ways with hewn stone; He has made my paths crooked.

Hosea 2:6
"Therefore, behold, I will hedge up her way with thorns, And I will build a wall against her so that she cannot find her paths.
Treasury of Scripture

He has fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he has set darkness in my paths.

fenced

Job 3:23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God has hedged in?

Psalm 88:8 You have put away my acquaintance far from me; you have made me an …

Lamentations 3:7,9 He has hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he has made my chain heavy…

Hosea 2:6 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, and make …

set

Joshua 24:7 And when they cried to the LORD, he put darkness between you and …

Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Isaiah 50:10 Who is among you that fears the LORD, that obeys the voice of his …

Jeremiah 13:16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before …

Jeremiah 23:12 Why their way shall be to them as slippery ways in the darkness: …

John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: …

Verse 8. - He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass (comp. Job 3:25; Job 13:27; Hosea 2:6), and he hath set darkness in my paths. Job complains of the want of light; in his heart he cries, Ἐν δὲ φάει καὶ ὄλεσσον. Nothing vexes him so much as his inability to understand why he is afflicted. He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass,.... A metaphor taken from travellers, who not only meet with obstacles and obstructions in their way, which make it difficult; but sometimes with such enclosures and fences, that they are at a full stop, and cannot pass on, and know not what course to steer: the people of God are not inhabitants of this world, but pilgrims, strangers, and sojourners in it, and travellers through it; they are bound for another country, and are travelling to it; and though their way for far most part is indeed troublesome, but generally passable, or made so; yet sometimes not only is their way hedged up with afflictions, and they hedged about with them, that they cannot easily get out, and get through and pass on; and it is with much difficulty, and with being much scratched and torn, they do brush through; but they also at other times find God has built up a wall against them, and enclosed them with hewn stones, and so fenced up their way that they cannot pass on; such difficulties present as seem insurmountable, and they are at a standstill, and know not what way to take; which was now Job's case, see Lamentations 3:5; and this may not only respect the way of his walk in this world, but his way to God, either to the throne of his grace, or the tribunal of his justice: the way to God, as on a throne of grace, is only through Christ, the living way; which, though more clearly revealed under the Gospel dispensation, and therefore called a new way, yet was known under the former dispensation, and made use of; in which saints may have access to God with boldness and confidence: but sometimes this way seems by unbelief to be fenced up, though it is always open; and especially when God hides his face, and is not to be seen, nor is it known where to find him, and how to come up to his seat; and which also was Job's case, Job 23:3; and whereas he was very desirous of having his cause heard and tried at the tribunal of God, his way was so shut up, that he could not obtain what he so much desired, and knew not therefore how to proceed, and what course to take:

and he hath set darkness in my paths; and was like a traveller in a very dark night, that cannot see his way, and knows not what step to take next; so good men, though they walk not in the ways of darkness, in a moral sense, as unregenerate men do; yet even while they are walking in the good ways of truth and holiness, and while they are passing through this world, God sometimes withdraws the light of his countenance from them, so that they walk in darkness, and have no light, which is very uncomfortable walking; and when God may be said to put darkness into their paths, he not granting them the light of grace and comfort they have sometimes enjoyed; and so it is with them when under such dark dispensations of Providence, as that they cannot see the end of God in leading them in such ways; and then their case is such as it now was Job's; that they cannot see any way of getting out of it; as the Israelites at the Red sea, and Paul and the mariners when in a storm, and all hope of being saved was gone. 8. Image from a benighted traveller.19:8-22 How doleful are Job's complaints! What is the fire of hell but the wrath of God! Seared consciences will feel it hereafter, but do not fear it now: enlightened consciences fear it now, but shall not feel it hereafter. It is a very common mistake to think that those whom God afflicts he treats as his enemies. Every creature is that to us which God makes it to be; yet this does not excuse Job's relations and friends. How uncertain is the friendship of men! but if God be our Friend, he will not fail us in time of need. What little reason we have to indulge the body, which, after all our care, is consumed by diseases it has in itself. Job recommends himself to the compassion of his friends, and justly blames their harshness. It is very distressing to one who loves God, to be bereaved at once of outward comfort and of inward consolation; yet if this, and more, come upon a believer, it does not weaken the proof of his being a child of God and heir of glory.
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