Job 5:14
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New International Version
Darkness comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night.

New Living Translation
They find it is dark in the daytime, and they grope at noon as if it were night.

English Standard Version
They meet with darkness in the daytime and grope at noonday as in the night.

New American Standard Bible
"By day they meet with darkness, And grope at noon as in the night.

King James Bible
They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the night.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They encounter darkness by day, and they grope at noon as if it were night.

International Standard Version
They meet with darkness in broad daylight; at noonday they grope around as if it were night.

NET Bible
They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope about in the noontime as if it were night.

New Heart English Bible
They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope at noonday as in the night.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the daytime they meet darkness and grope in the sunlight as if it were night.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They meet with darkness in the day-time, And grope at noonday as in the night.

New American Standard 1977
“By day they meet with darkness,
            And grope at noon as in the night.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They meet with darkness in the daytime and grope in the noonday as in the night.

King James 2000 Bible
They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the night.

American King James Version
They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope in the noonday as in the night.

American Standard Version
They meet with darkness in the day-time, And grope at noonday as in the night.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They shall meet with darkness in the day, and grope at noonday as in the night.

Darby Bible Translation
They meet with darkness in a the daytime, and grope at midday as in the night.

English Revised Version
They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope at noonday as in the night.

Webster's Bible Translation
They meet with darkness in the day-time, and grope in the noon-day as in the night.

World English Bible
They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope at noonday as in the night.

Young's Literal Translation
By day they meet darkness, And as night -- they grope at noon.
Study Bible
Eliphaz Continues
13"He captures the wise by their own shrewdness, And the advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted. 14"By day they meet with darkness, And grope at noon as in the night. 15"But He saves from the sword of their mouth, And the poor from the hand of the mighty.…
Cross References
Job 12:25
"They grope in darkness with no light, And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.

Job 15:30
"He will not escape from darkness; The flame will wither his shoots, And by the breath of His mouth he will go away.

Job 18:18
"He is driven from light into darkness, And chased from the inhabited world.

Job 20:26
Complete darkness is held in reserve for his treasures, And unfanned fire will devour him; It will consume the survivor in his tent.

Job 22:11
Or darkness, so that you cannot see, And an abundance of water covers you.

Job 24:13
"Others have been with those who rebel against the light; They do not want to know its ways Nor abide in its paths.

Job 38:15
"From the wicked their light is withheld, And the uplifted arm is broken.

Isaiah 59:10
We grope along the wall like blind men, We grope like those who have no eyes; We stumble at midday as in the twilight, Among those who are vigorous we are like dead men.

Amos 8:9
"It will come about in that day," declares the Lord GOD, "That I will make the sun go down at noon And make the earth dark in broad daylight.
Treasury of Scripture

They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope in the noonday as in the night.

meet with. or, run into. darkness.

Job 12:25 They grope in the dark without light, and he makes them to stagger …

Deuteronomy 28:29 And you shall grope at noonday, as the blind gropes in darkness, …

Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Isaiah 59:10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no …

Amos 8:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, said the Lord GOD, that I …

(14) Darkness in the daytime.--This is possibly an allusion to the Egyptian plague of darkness "that may be felt" (Exodus 10:21), as the words used are similar. This may be a note of probable date. (Compare Isaiah 59:10, where the thoughts correspond, but the words differ.) This is one of the many passages of Job in which there seems to be an indication of some acquaintance with the events related in the Pentateuch, though the points of contact are too slight for us to be quite sure of it.

Verse 14. - They meet with darkness in the daytime (comp Deuteronomy 28:29 and Isaiah 59:10). The metaphor expresses the bewilderment of the crafty, when they find their schemes foiled, and all their subtlety of no avail. Suddenly their light goes out; they know not what to do, or which way to turn; "their way is hid" (Job 3:23); they are baffled, perplexed, confounded. And grope in the noonday as in the night (comp. Job 12:25). A variant form of the preceding hemistich. They meet with darkness in the daytime,.... Which may denote their infatuation in things the most plain and clear, and which are obvious to everyone's view, even to such as are of much meaner capacities the themselves; and so it sometimes is, that the greatest politicians, men of the greatest sagacity and penetration, capable of forming and conducting the wisest counsels, yet blunder in things plain and easy to everyone; which must be imputed to their being given up to a judicial blindness of mind by the Lord, who destroys the wisdom of the wise, and brings to nothing the understanding of the prudent; or this may signify the defeat of their counsels, when they are in the highest pitch of esteem among men, as Ahithophel's counsel was as the oracle of God; or the destruction of such persons and their schemes when they are in the meridian of their glory, who being in high and slippery places, come to desolation in a moment:

and grope in the noon day as in the night; which intends the same as before; this was threatened to the Jews in case of disobedience, and was fulfilled in them, Deuteronomy 28:29; a learned man renders it, "as the night they grope", or "feel, at noon day" (t); as the Egyptians felt darkness when it was noon, and when light was in all the dwellings of the Israelites, Exodus 10:22; this may be applied to the case of many in a land of Gospel light, who are in darkness, walk in darkness, and are darkness itself; though the light of the glorious Gospel shines all around them on others, and know no more of divine and spiritual things than the Gentiles, but grope or feel about like persons blind, and in the dark as much as they, Acts 17:27; nay, they not only have the great things of the Gospel hid from them, and Satan blinds their minds lest this light should shine into them, but "they run into darkness" (u), as the words of the first clause may be rendered; those "lucifugae", such as the Jews were, and the Deists now are run from the light of divine revelation, and love darkness, and which is the aggravation of their condemnation, John 3:19.

(t) "tanquam noctum palpant", Schultens. (u) "incurrent", V. L. "incurrunt", Vatablus, Mercerus. 14. Judicial blindness often is sent upon keen men of the world (De 28:29; Isa 59:10; Joh 9:39).5:6-16 Eliphaz reminds Job, that no affliction comes by chance, nor is to be placed to second causes. The difference between prosperity and adversity is not so exactly observed, as that between day and night, summer and winter; but it is according to the will and counsel of God. We must not attribute our afflictions to fortune, for they are from God; nor our sins to fate, for they are from ourselves. Man is born in sin, and therefore born to trouble. There is nothing in this world we are born to, and can truly call our own, but sin and trouble. Actual transgressions are sparks that fly out of the furnace of original corruption. Such is the frailty of our bodies, and the vanity of all our enjoyments, that our troubles arise thence as the sparks fly upward; so many are they, and so fast does one follow another. Eliphaz reproves Job for not seeking God, instead of quarrelling with him. Is any afflicted? let him pray. It is heart's ease, a salve for every sore. Eliphaz speaks of rain, which we are apt to look upon as a little thing; but if we consider how it is produced, and what is produced by it, we shall see it to be a great work of power and goodness. Too often the great Author of all our comforts, and the manner in which they are conveyed to us, are not noticed, because they are received as things of course. In the ways of Providence, the experiences of some are encouragements to others, to hope the best in the worst of times; for it is the glory of God to send help to the helpless, and hope to the hopeless. And daring sinners are confounded, and forced to acknowledge the justice of God's proceedings.
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