Job 3:16
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New International Version
Or why was I not hidden away in the ground like a stillborn child, like an infant who never saw the light of day?

New Living Translation
Why wasn't I buried like a stillborn child, like a baby who never lives to see the light?

English Standard Version
Or why was I not as a hidden stillborn child, as infants who never see the light?

New American Standard Bible
"Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be, As infants that never saw light.

King James Bible
Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Or why was I not hidden like a miscarried child, like infants who never see daylight?

International Standard Version
"Or why was I not buried like a stillborn child, like babies who never saw the light?

NET Bible
Or why was I not buried like a stillborn infant, like infants who have never seen the light?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I would be buried like a stillborn baby. I would not exist. I would be like infants who never saw the light.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Or, why was I not hidden as an untimely birth, as infants who never saw light?

King James 2000 Bible
Or as a hidden untimely birth, I had not been; as infants who never saw light.

American King James Version
Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

American Standard Version
Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, As infants that never saw light.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or as a hidden untimely birth I should not be, or as they that being conceived have not seen the light.

Darby Bible Translation
Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants that have not seen the light.

English Revised Version
Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

Webster's Bible Translation
Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

World English Bible
or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, as infants who never saw light.

Young's Literal Translation
(Or as a hidden abortion I am not, As infants -- they have not seen light.)
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:11-19 Job complained of those present at his birth, for their tender attention to him. No creature comes into the world so helpless as man. God's power and providence upheld our frail lives, and his pity and patience spared our forfeited lives. Natural affection is put into parents' hearts by God. To desire to die that we may be with Christ, that we may be free from sin, is the effect and evidence of grace; but to desire to die, only that we may be delivered from the troubles of this life, savours of corruption. It is our wisdom and duty to make the best of that which is, be it living or dying; and so to live to the Lord, and die to the Lord, as in both to be his, Ro 14:8. Observe how Job describes the repose of the grave; There the wicked cease from troubling. When persecutors die, they can no longer persecute. There the weary are at rest: in the grave they rest from all their labours. And a rest from sin, temptation, conflict, sorrows, and labours, remains in the presence and enjoyment of God. There believers rest in Jesus, nay, as far as we trust in the Lord Jesus and obey him, we here find rest to our souls, though in the world we have tribulation.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light. This is added as another way in which Job might have escaped his misery. Though conceived and brought to the birth, he might have been still-born, and so have known no suffering.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Or as an hidden untimely birth,.... Or "hid, as one born out of time", as Mr. Broughton reads it; the Septuagint use the same word as the apostle does, when he says the like of himself, 1 Corinthians 15:8; the word has the signification of "falling" (s), and designs an abortive, which is like to fruit that falls from the tree before it is ripe; and this may be said to be "hidden", either in the belly, as the Targum, or however from the sight of man, it being not come to any proper shape, and much less perfection; now Job suggests, that if he had not lain with kings, counsellors, and princes, yet at least he should have been as an abortion, and that would have been as well to him: then

I had not been; or should have been nothing, not reckoned anything; should not have been numbered among beings, but accounted as a nonentity, and should have had no subsistence or standing in the world at all:

as infants which never saw light; and if not like an untimely birth, which is not come to any perfection, yet should have been like infants, which, though their mothers have gone their full time with them, and they have all their limbs in perfection and proportion, yet are dead, or stillborn, their eyes have never been opened to see any light; meaning not the light of the law, as the Targum, but the light of the sun, or the light of the world, see Ecclesiastes 6:3; infants used to be buried in the wells or caves of the mummies (t).

(s) "sicut abortivus qui ex utero excidit, aut in terram cadit", Michaelis. (t) Vansleb, ut supra, (Relation of a Voyage to Egypt,) p. 90.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. untimely birth—(Ps 58:8); preferable to the life of the restless miser (Ec 6:3-5).

Job 3:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job Laments his Birth
15Or with princes who had gold, Who were filling their houses with silver. 16"Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be, As infants that never saw light. 17"There the wicked cease from raging, And there the weary are at rest.…
Cross References
Job 3:15
with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver.

Job 3:17
There the wicked cease from turmoil, and there the weary are at rest.

Psalm 58:8
May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along, like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.

Ecclesiastes 6:3
A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.
Treasury of Scripture

Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

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Psalm 58:8 As a snail which melts, let every one of them pass away: like the …

1 Corinthians 15:8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

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