Job 7:4
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New International Version
When I lie down I think, 'How long before I get up?' The night drags on, and I toss and turn until dawn.

New Living Translation
Lying in bed, I think, 'When will it be morning?' But the night drags on, and I toss till dawn.

English Standard Version
When I lie down I say, ‘When shall I arise?’ But the night is long, and I am full of tossing till the dawn.

New American Standard Bible
"When I lie down I say, 'When shall I arise?' But the night continues, And I am continually tossing until dawn.

King James Bible
When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When I lie down I think: When will I get up? But the evening drags on endlessly, and I toss and turn until dawn.

International Standard Version
"When I lie down I ask, 'When will I wake up?' But the night continues and I keep tossing and turning until dawn.

NET Bible
If I lie down, I say, 'When will I arise?', and the night stretches on and I toss and turn restlessly until the day dawns.

New Heart English Bible
When I lie down, I say, 'When shall I arise, and the night be gone?' I toss and turn until the dawning of the day.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When I lie down, I ask, 'When will I get up?' But the evening is long, and I'm exhausted from tossing about until dawn.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When I lie down, I say: 'When shall I arise?' But the night is long, and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.

New American Standard 1977
“When I lie down I say,
            ‘When shall I arise?’
            But the night continues,
            And I am continually tossing until dawn.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise? I measure the night, and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.

King James 2000 Bible
When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.

American King James Version
When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro to the dawning of the day.

American Standard Version
When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? And I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I lie down to sleep, I shall say: When shall arise? and again I shall look for the evening, and shall be filled with sorrows even till darkness.

Darby Bible Translation
If I lie down, I say, When shall I rise up, and the darkness be gone? and I am full of tossings until the dawn.

English Revised Version
When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise? but the night is long; and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day.

Webster's Bible Translation
When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro to the dawning of the day.

World English Bible
When I lie down, I say, 'When shall I arise, and the night be gone?' I toss and turn until the dawning of the day.

Young's Literal Translation
If I lay down then I said, 'When do I rise!' And evening hath been measured, And I have been full of tossings till dawn.
Study Bible
Job Continues: Life Seems Futile
3So am I allotted months of vanity, And nights of trouble are appointed me. 4"When I lie down I say, 'When shall I arise?' But the night continues, And I am continually tossing until dawn. 5"My flesh is clothed with worms and a crust of dirt, My skin hardens and runs.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 28:67
"In the morning you shall say, 'Would that it were evening!' And at evening you shall say, 'Would that it were morning!' because of the dread of your heart which you dread, and for the sight of your eyes which you will see.

Job 7:13
"If I say, 'My bed will comfort me, My couch will ease my complaint,'

Job 7:14
Then You frighten me with dreams And terrify me by visions;
Treasury of Scripture

When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro to the dawning of the day.

When.

Job 7:13,14 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaints…

Job 17:12 They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.

Job 30:17 My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest.

Deuteronomy 28:67 In the morning you shall say, Would God it were even! and at even …

Psalm 6:6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; …

Psalm 77:4 You hold my eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

Psalm 130:6 My soul waits for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: …

night, etc. Heb. evening be measured. tossings.

Psalm 109:23 I am gone like the shadow when it declines: I am tossed up and down …

Isaiah 54:11 O you afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, …

(4) When I lie down, I say.--Or, When I lie down, then I say, When shall I arise? But the night is long, and I am filled with tossings to and fro till the morning twilight.

Verse 4. - When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? So Gesenius, Rosenmuller, and Delitzsch. Others translate, "the night is long" (Dillmann, Renan), or "the night seems endless" (Merx); comp. Deuteronomy 28:67, "At evening thou shalt say, Would God it were morning!" And I am full of tossings to and fro. Professor Lee understands "tossings of the mind," or "distracting thoughts;" but it is more probable that tossings of the body are meant. These are familiar to every bad sleeper. Unto the dawning of the day. A little rest sometimes visits the tired eyelids after a long, sleepless night. Job may refer to this, or he may simply mean that he lay tossing on his bed all through the night, till morning came, when he arose. When I lie down, I say, when shall I arise,.... Or, "then I say", &c. (t); that is, as soon as he laid himself down in his bed, and endeavoured to compose himself to sleep, in order to get rest and refreshment; then he said within himself, or with an articulate voice, to those about him, that sat up with him; oh that it was time to rise; when will it be morning, that I may rise from my bed, which is of no manner of service to me, but rather increases weariness?

and the night be gone? and the day dawn and break; or "night" or "evening be measured", as in the margin, or "measures itself" (u); or that "he", that is, God, or "it", my heart, "measures the evening" (w), or "night"; lengthens it out to its full time: to a discomposed person, that cannot sleep, the night seems long; such count every hour, tell every clock that strikes, and long to see peep of day; these are they that watch for the morning, Psalm 130:6,

and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day; or, "unto the twilight"; the morning twilight; though some understand it of the twilight or evening of the next day, see 1 Samuel 30:17; and interpret "the tossings to and fro" of the toils and labours of the day, and of the sorrows and miseries of it, lengthened out to the eve of the following day; but rather they are to be understood either of the tosses of his mind, his distressed and perplexed thoughts within him he was full of; or of the tosses of his body, his frequent turning himself upon his bed, from side to side, to ease him; and with these he was "filled", or "satiated" (x); he had enough and too much of them; he was glutted and sated with them, as a man is with overmuch eating, as the word signifies.

(t) "tum dixi", Beza, Piscator, Mercerus. (u) So Saadiah Gaon. (w) "tum admensus est versperam", Schmidt; "extendit", Schultens; "et cor", Mercerus; so Aben Ezra, Ben Gersom, and Bar Tzemach. (x) "satior", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius, Schultens. 4. Literally, "When shall be the flight of the night?" [Gesenius]. Umbreit, not so well, "The night is long extended"; literally, "measured out" (so Margin).7:1-6 Job here excuses what he could not justify, his desire of death. Observe man's present place: he is upon earth. He is yet on earth, not in hell. Is there not a time appointed for his abode here? yes, certainly, and the appointment is made by Him who made us and sent us here. During that, man's life is a warfare, and as day-labourers, who have the work of the day to do in its day, and must make up their account at night. Job had as much reason, he thought, to wish for death, as a poor servant that is tired with his work, has to wish for the shadows of the evening, when he shall go to rest. The sleep of the labouring man is sweet; nor can any rich man take so much satisfaction in his wealth, as the hireling in his day's wages. The comparison is plain; hear his complaint: His days were useless, and had long been so; but when we are not able to work for God, if we sit still quietly for him, we shall be accepted. His nights were restless. Whatever is grievous, it is good to see it appointed for us, and as designed for some holy end. When we have comfortable nights, we must see them also appointed to us, and be thankful for them. His body was noisome. See what vile bodies we have. His life was hastening apace. While we are living, every day, like the shuttle, leaves a thread behind: many weave the spider's web, which will fail, ch. 8:14. But if, while we live, we live unto the Lord, in works of faith and labours of love, we shall have the benefit, for every man shall reap as he sowed, and wear as he wove.
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