Job 35:10
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New International Version
But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,

New Living Translation
Yet they don't ask, 'Where is God my Creator, the one who gives songs in the night?

English Standard Version
But none says, ‘Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,

New American Standard Bible
"But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night,

King James Bible
But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;

Christian Standard Bible
But no one asks, "Where is God my Maker, who provides us with songs in the night,

Contemporary English Version
But after their Creator helps them through hard times, they forget about him,

Good News Translation
But they don't turn to God, their Creator, who gives them hope in their darkest hours.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But no one asks, "Where is God my Maker, who provides us with songs in the night,

International Standard Version
He never asks, 'Where is God, my Creator, who gives me songs in the night,

NET Bible
But no one says, 'Where is God, my Creator, who gives songs in the night,

New Heart English Bible
But none says, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But no one asks, 'Where is God, my Creator, who inspires songs in the night,

JPS Tanakh 1917
But none saith: 'Where is God my Maker, Who giveth songs in the night;

New American Standard 1977
“But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night,

Jubilee Bible 2000
But no one shall say, Where is God my maker, who gives songs in the night;

King James 2000 Bible
But none says, Where is God my maker, who gives songs in the night;

American King James Version
But none said, Where is God my maker, who gives songs in the night;

American Standard Version
But none saith, Where is God my Maker, Who giveth songs in the night,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he hath not said : Where is God, who made me, who hath given songs in the night?

Darby Bible Translation
But none saith, Where is +God my Maker, who giveth songs in the night,

English Revised Version
But none saith, Where is God my Maker, who giveth songs in the night;

Webster's Bible Translation
But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;

World English Bible
But none says, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,

Young's Literal Translation
And none said, 'Where is God my maker? Giving songs in the night,
Study Bible
Elihu Reminds Job of God's Justice
9"Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry for help because of the arm of the mighty. 10"But no one says, 'Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night, 11Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth And makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?'…
Cross References
Acts 16:25
About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

Job 4:17
'Can mankind be just before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?

Job 8:21
"He will yet fill your mouth with laughter And your lips with shouting.

Job 21:14
"They say to God, 'Depart from us! We do not even desire the knowledge of Your ways.

Job 27:10
"Will he take delight in the Almighty? Will he call on God at all times?

Job 36:13
"But the godless in heart lay up anger; They do not cry for help when He binds them.

Psalm 42:8
The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life.

Psalm 77:6
I will remember my song in the night; I will meditate with my heart, And my spirit ponders:

Psalm 149:5
Let the godly ones exult in glory; Let them sing for joy on their beds.

Isaiah 51:13
That you have forgotten the LORD your Maker, Who stretched out the heavens And laid the foundations of the earth, That you fear continually all day long because of the fury of the oppressor, As he makes ready to destroy? But where is the fury of the oppressor?
Treasury of Scripture

But none said, Where is God my maker, who gives songs in the night;


Job 36:13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he binds them.

1 Chronicles 10:13,14 So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the …

2 Chronicles 28:22,23 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against …

Isaiah 8:21 And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it …


Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, while the evil …

Isaiah 51:13 And forget the LORD your maker, that has stretched forth the heavens, …

1 Peter 4:19 Why let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the …


Job 32:22 For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would …

Job 36:3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

Isaiah 54:5 For your Maker is your husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and …


Psalm 42:8 Yet the LORD will command his loving kindness in the day time, and …

Psalm 77:6 I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with my own …

Psalm 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks to you because of your righteous …

Psalm 149:5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud on their beds.

Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God: and …

(10) But none saith.--Some render this, "But he who giveth songs in the night saith not, Where is God my Maker," i.e., the selfish and luxurious oppressor, who spendeth the night in feasting and revelry. This is an intelligible meaning. On the other hand, though the phrase, "who giveth songs in the night," has become proverbial, and, with the meaning assigned to it, is very beautiful, it may be doubted whether it is so obvious or natural in this place. This is a matter for individual taste and judgment to decide. If it is understood of God, it ascribes to Him the turning of sorrow into gladness, and the night of affliction into joy--an office which is, indeed, frequently assigned to God, but of which the appropriateness is not so manifest here. The decision of this question will perhaps partly depend upon the view we take of the words which follow--"Where is God my Maker?"--whether they are part of the cry of the oppressed or whether they are the words of Elihu. If the latter, then they become more intelligible; if otherwise, it is difficult to see their special appropriateness in this particular place. Perhaps it is better to regard them as the words of Elihu.

Verse 10. - But none saith, Where is God my Maker? The oppressed, in many cases, do not appeal to God at all. They mutter and complain and groan because of their afflictions; but they have not enough faith in God to cry to him. Or, if they do so cry, it is not in a right spirit; it is despondingly, despairingly, not confidently or cheerfully. God is one who giveth songs in the night. The truly pious man sings hymns of praise in his affliction, as Paul and Silas did in the jail at Philippi, looking to God with faith and a lively hope for deliverance. But none saith, where is God my Maker?.... Or "Makers" (y), as in Psalm 149:2; for there are more concerned in the formation of man, Genesis 1:26; even the Father, Son, and Spirit, who are the one God that has made all men, Malachi 2:10. Now not one of the oppressed ones that cry by reason of their oppression, or very few of them, inquire after God, seek unto him for help and deliverance from their oppressions, or desire to enjoy him and his gracious presence under their afflictions and distresses; and that is one reason why they are not heard: they do not so much as consider him as the author of their beings, and be thankful to him for them; nor as the preserver of them in their beings; nor as their kind benefactor, who gives them all that they enjoy, and who is the disposer of all their affairs in providence: and if they are new creatures, or are remade, they are his workmanship; and therefore should upon all accounts seek him and submit to his will, and patiently bear all their afflictions, waiting his time to deliver them out of them: but there are few or none that regard him in this light, or make an inquiry after him, even though he has not only made them, but is he

who giveth songs in the night; which respects not the praises of the angels in the night, as the Targum; nor the shining of the moon and stars in the night, which cause praise and thankfulness; nor the singing of birds in the night, as of the nightingale; senses some give into: but matter and cause of rejoicing in the night, either taken literally, as the mercies of the day, which, when reflected upon when men come to lie down on their beds at night, and commune with their hearts there, afford them songs of praise, see Psalm 42:8. Or the mercies of the night, as sweet refreshing sleep, and preservation in safety from all dangers by fire, thieves, &c. all which are of God; and, when duly considered, will direct to encompass him with songs of deliverance, see Psalm 137:2. Or, figuratively, the night sometimes signifying a time of calamity, affliction, and distress, either on temporal or spiritual accounts; and when men seek to him in such a night with their whole hearts, and he is pleased to visit them in a gracious manner, and favour them with his presence and the discoveries of his love, this occasions songs of praise to him, Isaiah 26:9. But when men are unconcerned about and not thankful for the mercies of the day and of the night, though these administer songs unto them, it is no wonder that, when they cry through oppression, they are not heard.

(y) "factores mei"; Drusius, Mercerus, Piscator, Cocceius, Michaelis, Schultens; so Broughton. 10-13. But the reason is that the innocent sufferers often do not humbly seek God for succor; so to their "pride" is to be laid the blame of their ruin; also because (Job 35:13-16) they, as Job, instead of waiting God's time in pious trust, are prone to despair of His justice, when it is not immediately visible (Job 33:19-26). If the sufferer would apply to God with a humbled, penitent spirit, He would hear.

Where, etc.—(Jer 2:6, 8; Isa 51:13).

songs—of joy at deliverance (Ps 42:8; 149:5; Ac 16:25).

in the night—unexpectedly (Job 34:20, 25). Rather, "in calamity."35:9-13 Job complained that God did not regard the cries of the oppressed against their oppressors. This he knew not how to reconcile the justice of God and his government. Elihu solves the difficulty. Men do not notice the mercies they enjoy in and under their afflictions, nor are thankful for them, therefore they cannot expect that God should deliver them out of affliction. He gives songs in the night; when our condition is dark and melancholy, there is that in God's providence and promise, which is sufficient to support us, and to enable us even to rejoice in tribulation. When we only pore upon our afflictions, and neglect the consolations of God which are treasured up for us, it is just in God to reject our prayers. Even the things that will kill the body, cannot hurt the soul. If we cry to God for the removal of an affliction, and it is not removed, the reason is, not because the Lord's hand is shortened, or his ear heavy; but because we are not sufficiently humbled.
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