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

New Living Translation
They're filled with joy when they finally die, and rejoice when they find the grave.

English Standard Version
who rejoice exceedingly and are glad when they find the grave?

New American Standard Bible
Who rejoice greatly, And exult when they find the grave?

King James Bible
Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?

Christian Standard Bible
who are filled with much joy and are glad when they reach the grave?

Contemporary English Version
Nothing could make me happier than to be in the grave.

Good News Translation
They are not happy till they are dead and buried;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
who are filled with much joy and are glad when they reach the grave?

International Standard Version
To those who are happy beyond measure when they reach their graves?

NET Bible
who rejoice even to jubilation, and are exultant when they find the grave?

New Heart English Bible
who rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They are ecstatic, delighted to find the grave.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who rejoice unto exultation, And are glad, when they can find the grave?--

New American Standard 1977
Who rejoice greatly, They exult when they find the grave?

Jubilee Bible 2000
who rejoice exceedingly and are glad when they can find the grave;

King James 2000 Bible
Who rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?

American King James Version
Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?

American Standard Version
Who rejoice exceedingly, And are glad, when they can find the grave?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they rejoice exceedingly when they have found the grave.

Darby Bible Translation
Who rejoice even exultingly and are glad when they find the grave? --

English Revised Version
Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?

Webster's Bible Translation
Who rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?

World English Bible
who rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?

Young's Literal Translation
Who are glad -- unto joy, They rejoice when they find a grave.
Study Bible
Job Laments his Birth
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? 23"Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, And whom God has hedged in?…
Cross References
Job 3:21
Who long for death, but there is none, And dig for it more than for hidden treasures,

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

Job 21:33
"The clods of the valley will gently cover him; Moreover, all men will follow after him, While countless ones go before him.

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.
Treasury of Scripture

Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?

Verse 22. - Which rejoice exceedingly; literally, to exultation or "to dancing;" i.e. so that they almost dance with joy. And are glad, when they can find the grave. Job speaks as if he knew of such cases; and, no doubt, the fact of suicide proves that among men there are some who prefer to die rather than live. But suicides are seldom altogether in possession of their senses. Of sane men it may be doubted whether one in a thousand, however miserable, really wishes to die, or is "glad when he can find the grave." In such thoughts as those to which Job here gives expression there is something morbid and unreal. Which rejoice exceedingly,.... Or, "which joy till they do skip again", as Mr. Broughton renders it, and to the same purport others (d); are so elated as to skip and dance for joy:

and are glad when they can find the grave; which is to be understood either of those who dig in the earth for hid treasure, such as is laid there by men; when they strike and hit upon a grave where they expect to find a booty; it being usual in former times to put much riches into the sepulchres of great personages, as Sanctius on the place observes; so Hyrcanus, opening the sepulchre of David, found in it three thousand talents of silver, as Josephus (e) relates: or rather this is said of the miserable and bitter in soul, who long for death, and seek after it; who, when they perceive any symptoms of its near approach, are exceedingly pleased, and rejoice at it, as when they observe the decays of nature, or any disorder and disease upon them which threaten with death; for this cannot be meant of the dead carrying to the grave, who are insensible of it, and of their being put into it.

(d) "qu laetantur ad choream usque", Schultens, "quasi ad tripudium", Michaelis. (e) Antiqu. l. 13. c. 8. sect. 4. Ed. Hudson. 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.
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