Job 23:17
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New International Version
Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.

New Living Translation
Darkness is all around me; thick, impenetrable darkness is everywhere.

English Standard Version
yet I am not silenced because of the darkness, nor because thick darkness covers my face.

New American Standard Bible
But I am not silenced by the darkness, Nor deep gloom which covers me.

King James Bible
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yet I am not destroyed by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.

International Standard Version
Nevertheless, I haven't been silenced because of the darkness, even when thick darkness obscures my vision."

NET Bible
Yet I have not been silent because of the darkness, because of the thick darkness that covered my face.

New Heart English Bible
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But I am not silenced by the dark or by the thick darkness that covers my face.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, Neither did He cover the thick darkness from my face.

New American Standard 1977
But I am not silenced by the darkness,
            Nor deep gloom which covers me.



Jubilee Bible 2000
Why was I not cut off before the darkness, neither has he covered my face with the darkness.

King James 2000 Bible
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither has he covered the darkness from my face.

American King James Version
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither has he covered the darkness from my face.

American Standard Version
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, Neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I have not perished because of the darkness that hangs over me, neither hath the mist covered my face.

Darby Bible Translation
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he hidden the gloom from me.

English Revised Version
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.

Webster's Bible Translation
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.

World English Bible
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.

Young's Literal Translation
For I have not been cut off before darkness, And before me He covered thick darkness.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
23:13-17 As Job does not once question but that his trials are from the hand of God, and that there is no such thing as chance, how does he account for them? The principle on which he views them is, that the hope and reward of the faithful servants of God are only laid up in another life; and he maintains that it is plain to all, that the wicked are not treated according to their deserts in this life, but often directly the reverse. But though the obtaining of mercy, the first-fruits of the Spirit of grace, pledges a God, who will certainly finish the work which he has began; yet the afflicted believer is not to conclude that all prayer and entreaty will be in vain, and that he should sink into despair, and faint when he is reproved of Him. He cannot tell but the intention of God in afflicting him may be to produce penitence and prayer in his heart. May we learn to obey and trust the Lord, even in tribulation; to live or die as he pleases: we know not for what good ends our lives may be shortened or prolonged.
Study Bible
Job Responds: He Longs for God
16"It is God who has made my heart faint, And the Almighty who has dismayed me, 17But I am not silenced by the darkness, Nor deep gloom which covers me.
Cross References
Job 10:18
'Why then have You brought me out of the womb? Would that I had died and no eye had seen me!

Job 10:19
'I should have been as though I had not been, Carried from womb to tomb.'

Job 19:8
"He has walled up my way so that I cannot pass, And He has put darkness on my paths.
Treasury of Scripture

Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither has he covered the darkness from my face.

cut off

Job 6:9 Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose …

2 Kings 22:20 Behold therefore, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall …

Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perishes, and no man lays it to heart: and merciful …

the darkness from

Job 15:22 He believes not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited …

Job 18:6,18 The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be …

Job 19:8 He has fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he has set darkness in my paths.

Job 22:11 Or darkness, that you can not see; and abundance of waters cover you.

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