Job 3:21
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New International Version
to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure,

New Living Translation
They long for death, and it won't come. They search for death more eagerly than for hidden treasure.

English Standard Version
who long for death, but it comes not, and dig for it more than for hidden treasures,

New American Standard Bible
Who long for death, but there is none, And dig for it more than for hidden treasures,

King James Bible
Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
who wait for death, but it does not come, and search for it more than for hidden treasure,

International Standard Version
To those who are longing for death— even though it does not come? To those who search for it more than for hidden treasure?

NET Bible
to those who wait for death that does not come, and search for it more than for hidden treasures,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
to those who long for death but it never comes- though they dig for it more than for buried treasure?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who long for death, but it cometh not; And dig for it more than for hid treasures;

New American Standard 1977
Who long for death, but there is none,
            And dig for it more than for hidden treasures;

Jubilee Bible 2000
who long for death, but it comes not; and search for it more than for hid treasures;

King James 2000 Bible
Who long for death, but it comes not; and dig for it more than for hidden treasures;

American King James Version
Which long for death, but it comes not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;

American Standard Version
Who long for death, but it cometh not, And dig for it more than for hid treasures;

Douay-Rheims Bible
That look for death, and it cometh not, as they that dig for a treasure:

Darby Bible Translation
Who long for death, and it [cometh] not, and dig for it more than for hidden treasures;

English Revised Version
Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;

Webster's Bible Translation
Who long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;

World English Bible
Who long for death, but it doesn't come; and dig for it more than for hidden treasures,

Young's Literal Translation
Who are waiting for death, and it is not, And they seek it above hid treasures.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:20-26 Job was like a man who had lost his way, and had no prospect of escape, or hope of better times. But surely he was in an ill frame for death when so unwilling to live. Let it be our constant care to get ready for another world, and then leave it to God to order our removal thither as he thinks fit. Grace teaches us in the midst of life's greatest comforts, to be willing to die, and in the midst of its greatest crosses, to be willing to live. Job's way was hid; he knew not wherefore God contended with him. The afflicted and tempted Christian knows something of this heaviness; when he has been looking too much at the things that are seen, some chastisement of his heavenly Father will give him a taste of this disgust of life, and a glance at these dark regions of despair. Nor is there any help until God shall restore to him the joys of his salvation. Blessed be God, the earth is full of his goodness, though full of man's wickedness. This life may be made tolerable if we attend to our duty. We look for eternal mercy, if willing to receive Christ as our Saviour.
Study Bible
Job Laments his Birth
20"Why is light given to him who suffers, And life to the bitter of soul, 21Who long for death, but there is none, And dig for it more than for hidden treasures, 22Who rejoice greatly, And exult when they find the grave?…
Cross References
Revelation 9:6
In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, but death will escape them.

Job 3:22
Who rejoice greatly, And exult when they find the grave?

Proverbs 2:4
If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures;

Jeremiah 8:3
"And death will be chosen rather than life by all the remnant that remains of this evil family, that remains in all the places to which I have driven them," declares the LORD of hosts.
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Which long for death, but it comes not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;

long. Heb. wait.

Numbers 11:15 And if you deal thus with me, kill me, I pray you, out of hand, if …

1 Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came …

Jonah 4:3,8 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech you, my life from me; for …

Revelation 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and …

dig.

Proverbs 2:4 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;

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