Job 3:4
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New International Version
That day--may it turn to darkness; may God above not care about it; may no light shine on it.

New Living Translation
Let that day be turned to darkness. Let it be lost even to God on high, and let no light shine on it.

English Standard Version
Let that day be darkness! May God above not seek it, nor light shine upon it.

New American Standard Bible
"May that day be darkness; Let not God above care for it, Nor light shine on it.

King James Bible
Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If only that day had turned to darkness! May God above not care about it, or light shine on it.

International Standard Version
Let that day be dark; let God above not care about it; let no light shine over it.

NET Bible
That day--let it be darkness; let not God on high regard it, nor let light shine on it!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"That day- let it be pitch-black. Let God above not [even] care about it. Let no light shine on it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above; neither let the light shine upon it.

King James 2000 Bible
Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.

American King James Version
Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine on it.

American Standard Version
Let that day be darkness; Let not God from above seek for it, Neither let the light shine upon it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let that day be turned into darkness, let not God regard it from above, and let not the light shine upon it.

Darby Bible Translation
That day -- let it be darkness, let not +God care for it from above, neither let light shine upon it:

English Revised Version
Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.

World English Bible
Let that day be darkness. Don't let God from above seek for it, neither let the light shine on it.

Young's Literal Translation
That day -- let it be darkness, Let not God require it from above, Nor let light shine upon it.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-10 For seven days Job's friends sat by him in silence, without offering consolidation: at the same time Satan assaulted his mind to shake his confidence, and to fill him with hard thoughts of God. The permission seems to have extended to this, as well as to torturing the body. Job was an especial type of Christ, whose inward sufferings, both in the garden and on the cross, were the most dreadful; and arose in a great degree from the assaults of Satan in that hour of darkness. These inward trials show the reason of the change that took place in Job's conduct, from entire submission to the will of God, to the impatience which appears here, and in other parts of the book. The believer, who knows that a few drops of this bitter cup are more dreadful than the sharpest outward afflictions, while he is favoured with a sweet sense of the love and presence of God, will not be surprised to find that Job proved a man of like passions with others; but will rejoice that Satan was disappointed, and could not prove him a hypocrite; for though he cursed the day of his birth, he did not curse his God. Job doubtless was afterwards ashamed of these wishes, and we may suppose what must be his judgment of them now he is in everlasting happiness.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Let that day be darkness; i.e. let a cloud rest upon it - let it be regarded as a day of ill omen, "carbone notandus." Job recognizes that his wish, that the day should perish utterly, is vain, and limits himself now to the possible. Let not God regard it from above; i.e. let not God, from the heaven where he dwells, extend to it his protection and superintending care. Neither let the light shine upon it. Pleonastic, but having the sort of force which belongs to reiteration.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let that day be darkness,.... Not only dark, but darkness itself, extremely dark; and which is to be understood not figuratively of the darkness of affliction and calamity; this Job would not wish for, either for himself, who had enough of that, or for others; but literally of gross natural darkness, that was horrible and dreadful, as some (x) render it: this was the reverse of what God said at the creation, "let there be light", Genesis 1:3, and there was, and he called it day; but Job wishes his day might be darkness, as the night; either that it had been always dark, and never become day, or in its return be remarkably dark and gloomy:

let not God regard it, from above; that is, either God who is above, and on high, the High and Holy One, the Most High God, and who is higher than the highest, and so this is a descriptive character of him; or else this respects the place where he is, the highest heaven, where is his throne, and from whence he looks and takes notice of the sons of men, and of all things done below: and this wish must be understood consistent with his omniscience, who sees and knows all persons and things, even what are done in the dark, and in the darkest days; for the darkness and the light are alike to him; and as consistent with his providence, which is continually exercised about persons and things on earth without any intermission, even on every day in the year; and was it to cease one day, hour, or moment, all would be dissolved, and be thrown into the utmost confusion and disorder: but Job means the smiles of his providence, which he wishes might be restrained on this day; that he would not cause his sun in the heavens to shine out upon it, nor send down gentle and refreshing showers of rain on it; in which sense he is said to care for and regard the land of Canaan, Deuteronomy 11:11; where the same word is used as here; or the sense is, let it be so expunged from the days of the year, the when it is sought for, and if even it should be by God himself, let it not be found; or let him not "seek" (y) after it, to do any good upon it:

neither let the light shine upon it; the light of the sun, or the morning light, as the Targum, much less the light at noonday; even not the diurnal light, as Schmidt interprets it, in any part of the day: light is God's creature, and very delightful and desirable; the best things, and the most comfortable enjoyments, whether temporal, spiritual, or eternal, are expressed by it; and, on the other hand, a state of darkness is the most uncomfortable, and therefore the worst and most dismal things and states are signified by it.

(x) "horrens", Caligo, Schultens. (y) "ne requirat", Montanus, &c.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. let not God regard it—rather, more poetically, "seek it out." "Let not God stoop from His bright throne to raise it up from its dark hiding-place." The curse on the day in Job 3:3, is amplified in Job 3:4, 5; that on the night, in Job 3:6-10.

Job 3:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job Laments his Birth
3"Let the day perish on which I was to be born, And the night which said, 'A boy is conceived.' 4"May that day be darkness; Let not God above care for it, Nor light shine on it. 5"Let darkness and black gloom claim it; Let a cloud settle on it; Let the blackness of the day terrify it.…
Cross References
Job 3:3
"May the day of my birth perish, and the night that said, 'A boy is conceived!'

Job 3:5
May gloom and utter darkness claim it once more; may a cloud settle over it; may blackness overwhelm it.
Treasury of Scripture

Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine on it.

darkness.

Exodus 10:22,23 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a …

Joel 2:2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick …

Amos 5:18 Woe to you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for …

Matthew 27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land to the ninth hour.

Acts 27:20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small …

Revelation 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial on the seat of the beast; …

God regard.

Deuteronomy 11:12 A land which the LORD your God cares for: the eyes of the LORD your …

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