Job 36:20
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New International Version
Do not long for the night, to drag people away from their homes.

New Living Translation
Do not long for the cover of night, for that is when people will be destroyed.

English Standard Version
Do not long for the night, when peoples vanish in their place.

New American Standard Bible
"Do not long for the night, When people vanish in their place.

King James Bible
Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not long for the night when nations will disappear from their places.

International Standard Version
Don't long for night, when people vanish in their place.

NET Bible
Do not long for the cover of night to drag people away from their homes.

New Heart English Bible
Do not desire the night, when people are cut off in their place.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't look forward to the night, when people disappear from their places.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Desire not the night, When peoples are cut off in their place.

New American Standard 1977
“Do not long for the night,
            When people vanish in their place.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not desire the night, when he cuts people off in their place.

King James 2000 Bible
Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.

American King James Version
Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.

American Standard Version
Desire not the night, When peoples are cut off in their place.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Prolong not the night that people may come up for them.

Darby Bible Translation
Desire not the night, when peoples are cut off from their place.

English Revised Version
Desire not the night, when peoples are cut off in their place.

Webster's Bible Translation
Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.

World English Bible
Don't desire the night, when people are cut off in their place.

Young's Literal Translation
Desire not the night, For the going up of peoples in their stead.
Study Bible
Elihu Shows God's Justice and Power
19"Will your riches keep you from distress, Or all the forces of your strength? 20"Do not long for the night, When people vanish in their place. 21"Be careful, do not turn to evil, For you have preferred this to affliction.…
Cross References
Job 34:20
"In a moment they die, and at midnight People are shaken and pass away, And the mighty are taken away without a hand.

Job 34:25
"Therefore He knows their works, And He overthrows them in the night, And they are crushed.

Job 36:19
"Will your riches keep you from distress, Or all the forces of your strength?
Treasury of Scripture

Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.

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Job 3:20,21 Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul…

Job 6:9 Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose …

Job 7:15 So that my soul chooses strangling, and death rather than my life.

Job 14:13 O that you would hide me in the grave, that you would keep me secret, …

Job 17:13,14 If I wait, the grave is my house: I have made my bed in the darkness…

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Exodus 12:29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn …

2 Kings 19:35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out…

Proverbs 14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous has …

Ecclesiastes 11:3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth: …

Daniel 5:30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.

Luke 12:20 But God said to him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required …

Acts 1:25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which …

1 Thessalonians 5:2,3 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as …

(20) Desire not the night--i.e., of death, as Job had done (Job 16:22; Job 17:13, &c., Job 19:27), or as, at all events, his words might be understood. For "people," read peoples: i.e., nations.

Verse 20. - Desire not the night, when people (rather, peoples) are cut off in their place. This is an allusion to Job's repeatedly expressed desire to be cut off at once, and laid in the grave (Job 6:9; Job 7:15; Job 14:13, etc.). Elihu holds that such a desire is wrongful. It certainly implies a want of complete resignation to the Divine will. Desire not the night,.... Either in a literal sense, which Job might do; not for secrecy to commit sin, as the thief, murderer, and adulterer do; Elihu had no such suspicion of Job; nor for ease and rest, which he expected not; nor would his sores admit thereof; his nights were wearisome, and when come he wished they were gone, Job 7:2; but either for retirement, that he might muse and consider, and endeavour to search and find out the reason of God's dealing with men, in cutting off sometimes such great numbers together. Elihu suggests, that such a search was altogether vain and to no purpose; he would never be able to find out the reason of these things: or rather for shelter from the eye and hand of God; as nothing before mentioned could ward off his stroke, so neither could the night or darkness preserve from it; see Psalm 139:11. Or else the words may be taken in a figurative sense; either of the night of calamity and distress, he might be tempted to desire and wish for, to come upon his enemies; or rather of the night of death, he wished for himself, as he often had done; in doing which Elihu suggests he was wrong; not considering that if God should take him away with a stroke, and he not be humbled and brought to repentance, what would be the consequence of it;

when people are cut off in their place; as sometimes they are in the night, literally taken; just in the place where they stood or lay down, without moving elsewhere, or stirring hand or foot as it were. So Amraphel, and the kings with him, as Jarchi observes, were cut off in the night, the firstborn of Egypt, the Midianites and Sennacherib's army, Genesis 14:15; and so in the night of death, figuratively, the common passage of all men, as Mr. Broughton observes, who renders the words, "for people's passage to their place". 20. Desire—pant for. Job had wished for death (Job 3:3-9, etc.).

night—(Joh 9:4).

when—rather, "whereby."

cut off—literally, "ascend," as the corn cut and lifted upon the wagon or stack (Job 36:26); so "cut off," "disappear."

in their place—literally, "under themselves"; so, without moving from their place, on the spot, suddenly (Job 40:12) [Maurer]. Umbreit's translation: "To ascend (which is really, as thou wilt find to thy cost, to descend) to the people below" (literally, "under themselves"), answers better to the parallelism and the Hebrew. Thou pantest for death as desirable, but it is a "night" or region of darkness; thy fancied ascent (amelioration) will prove a descent (deterioration) (Job 10:22); therefore desire it not.36:15-23 Elihu shows that Job caused the continuance of his own trouble. He cautions him not to persist in frowardness. Even good men need to be kept to their duty by the fear of God's wrath; the wisest and best have enough in them to deserve his stroke. Let not Job continue his unjust quarrel with God and his providence. And let us never dare to think favourably of sin, never indulge it, nor allow ourselves in it. Elihu thinks Job needed this caution, he having chosen rather to gratify his pride and humour by contending with God, than to mortify them by submitting, and accepting the punishment. It is absurd for us to think to teach Him who is himself the Fountain of light, truth, knowledge, and instruction. He teaches by the Bible, and that is the best book; teaches by his Son, and he is the best Master. He is just in all proceedings.
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