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?

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.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - Which long for death, but it cometh not; literally, which wait for death' anxiously and longingly (comp. Psalm 33:20). And dig for it more than for hid treasures; i.e. "seek it more earnestly than even they seek who dig for hid treasures." As Professor Lee remarks, "From the great instability of all Eastern governments, treasures were in Eastern countries often hid away" ('Book of Job,' pp. 200, 201). And hence treasure-seeking became a profession, which was pursued with avidity by a large number of persons. Even at the present day Orientals are so possessed with the idea, that they imagine every European, who is eager to unearth antiquities, must be seeking for buried treasure.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Which long for death, but it cometh not,.... Who earnestly desire, wistly look out, wish for, and expect it, and with open mouth gape for it, as a hungry man for his food, or as the fish for the bait, or the fishermen for the fish, as some (a) observe the word may signify; but it comes not to their wish and expectation, or so soon as they would have it; the reason is, because the fixed time for it is not come, otherwise it will certainly come at God's appointed time, and often in an hour not thought of; death is not desirable in itself, being a dissolution of nature, or as it is the sanction of the law, or the wages of sin, or a penal evil; and though it is and may be lawfully desired by good men, that they may be free from sin, and be in a better capacity to serve the Lord, and that they may be for ever with him; yet such desires should be expressed with submission to the divine will, and the appointed time should be patiently waited for, and should not be desired merely to be rid of present afflictions and troubles, which was the case of Job, and of those he here describes; see Revelation 9:6,

and dig for it more than for hid treasures; which are naturally hid in the earth; as gold and silver ore, with other metals and precious stones; or which are of choice concealed there from the plunder of others; the former seems rather to be meant, and in digging for which great pains, diligence, and industry, are used, see Proverbs 2:4; and is expressive of the very great importunity and strong desire of men in distressed circumstances after death, seeking diligently and pressing importunately for it; the sin of suicide not being known, or very rare, in that early time, or however was shunned and abhorred even by those that were most weary of their lives: some render it, "who dig for it out off hid treasures" (b); out of the bowels of the earth, and the lowest parts of it, could they but find it there: but the Targum, Jarchi, and others, understand it comparatively, as we do.

(a) So Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. vid. Schultens in loc. (b) "e thesauris", Cocceius; "ex imis terrae latebris", Mercerus: "ex locis absconditis", Schmidt.



Job 3:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
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
During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.

Job 3:22
who are filled with gladness and rejoice when they reach the grave?

Proverbs 2:4
and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,

Jeremiah 8:3
Wherever I banish them, all the survivors of this evil nation will prefer death to life, declares the LORD Almighty.'
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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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