Job 9:25
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New International Version
"My days are swifter than a runner; they fly away without a glimpse of joy.

New Living Translation
"My life passes more swiftly than a runner. It flees away without a glimpse of happiness.

English Standard Version
“My days are swifter than a runner; they flee away; they see no good.

Berean Study Bible
My days are swifter than a runner; they flee without seeing any good.

New American Standard Bible
"Now my days are swifter than a runner; They flee away, they see no good.

King James Bible
Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.

Christian Standard Bible
My days fly by faster than a runner; they flee without seeing any good.

Contemporary English Version
My life is speeding by, without a hope of happiness.

Good News Translation
My days race by, not one of them good.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My days fly by faster than a runner; they flee without seeing any good.

International Standard Version
"My days pass faster than a runner; but they pass quickly without seeing anything good.

NET Bible
"My days are swifter than a runner, they speed by without seeing happiness.

New Heart English Bible
"Now my days are swifter than a runner. They flee away, they see no good,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"My days go by more quickly than a runner. They sprint away. They don't see anything good.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now my days are swifter than a runner; They flee away, they see no good.

New American Standard 1977
“Now my days are swifter than a runner; They flee away, they see no good.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now my days are swifter than a post; they fled away, they never saw good.

King James 2000 Bible
Now my days are swifter than a runner: they flee away, they see no good.

American King James Version
Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.

American Standard Version
Now my days are swifter than a post: They flee away, they see no good,

Douay-Rheims Bible
My days have been swifter than a post: they have fled away and have not seen good.

Darby Bible Translation
And my days are swifter than a runner: they flee away, they see no good.

English Revised Version
Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.

World English Bible
"Now my days are swifter than a runner. They flee away, they see no good,

Young's Literal Translation
My days have been swifter than a runner, They have fled, they have not seen good,
Study Bible
Job: How Can I Argue with God?
24The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; He blindfolds its judges. If it is not He, then who is it? 25My days are swifter than a runner; they flee without seeing any good. 26They sweep by like boats of papyrus, like an eagle swooping down on its prey.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 30:6
So the couriers went throughout Israel and Judah with letters from the king and his officials, which read: “Children of Israel, return to the LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, so that He may return to those of you who remain, who have escaped the grasp of the kings of Assyria.

Job 7:6
My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle; they come to an end without hope.

Job 7:7
Remember that my life is but a breath. My eyes will never again see happiness.

Psalm 4:6
Many ask, “Who can show us the good?” Shine the light of Your face upon us, O LORD.

Treasury of Scripture

Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.

swifter

Job 7:6,7 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope…

Esther 8:14 So the posts that rode on mules and camels went out, being hastened …

a post (Rotz, a runner, or courier; some of whom are said to go

Job 9:24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covers the faces …

they flee away

Psalm 39:5,11 Behold, you have made my days as an handbreadth; and my age is as …

Psalm 89:47 Remember how short my time is: why have you made all men in vain?

Psalm 90:9,10 For all our days are passed away in your wrath: we spend our years …

James 4:14 Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your …







(25) Swifter than a post.--The runner, with his messages and dispatches. He now turns away from the contemplation of God and His dealings to that of his own misery.

Verse 25. - Now my days are swifter than a post. Life slips away so fast that before it is well begun, it is ended. Job compares it to the swift passage of the trained runner, or messenger, who carried despatches for kings and other great personages in the olden times (see 2 Chronicles 30:6; Esther 3:13; Esther 8:10, 14). Herodotus says of the trained runners employed by the Persians, "Nothing mortal travels so fast as these Persian messengers" (Herod., 8:98). There is abundant evidence of the employment of such persons in ancient Egypt. They flee away, they see no good. It seems to Job that his prosperity (Job 1:2-5) was only for a moment. He scarcely could look on it before it was gone. Now my days are swifter than a post,.... Or "than a runner" (a) in a race, in order to obtain the prize; or than one that rides post, or runs on foot to carry a message, such as were Cushi and Ahimaaz; and such are generally swift of foot, or ride on swift horses, who are so employed; and yet Job says his days are swifter, or passed away more swiftly thorn such; meaning either his days in general; or rather particularly his prosperous days, as Mr. Broughton interprets it; these no sooner came but they were gone:

they flee away; like a shadow, or a dream, or a tale that is told:

they see no good; or he saw, perceived, or enjoyed no good in them; not but that he did see and enjoy much good, even much temporal good, which is what is intended; but this was no sooner had than it was taken away, that it was as if it had never been; the evil days of trouble and sorrow, in which he had no pleasure, came so quick upon him.

(a) "cursore", Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, &c. 25. a post—a courier. In the wide Persian empire such couriers, on dromedaries or on foot, were employed to carry the royal commands to the distant provinces (Es 3:13, 15; 8:14). "My days" are not like the slow caravan, but the fleet post. The "days" are themselves poetically said to "see no good," instead of Job in them (1Pe 3:10).9:25-35 What little need have we of pastimes, and what great need to redeem time, when it runs on so fast towards eternity! How vain the enjoyments of time, which we may quite lose while yet time continues! The remembrance of having done our duty will be pleasing afterwards; so will not the remembrance of having got worldly wealth, when it is all lost and gone. Job's complaint of God, as one that could not be appeased and would not relent, was the language of his corruption. There is a Mediator, a Daysman, or Umpire, for us, even God's own beloved Son, who has purchased peace for us with the blood of his cross, who is able to save to the uttermost all who come unto God through him. If we trust in his name, our sins will be buried in the depths of the sea, we shall be washed from all our filthiness, and made whiter than snow, so that none can lay any thing to our charge. We shall be clothed with the robes of righteousness and salvation, adorned with the graces of the Holy Spirit, and presented faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. May we learn the difference between justifying ourselves, and being thus justified by God himself. Let the tempest-tossed soul consider Job, and notice that others have passed this dreadful gulf; and though they found it hard to believe that God would hear or deliver them, yet he rebuked the storm, and brought them to the desired haven. Resist the devil; give not place to hard thoughts of God, or desperate conclusions about thyself. Come to Him who invites the weary and heavy laden; who promises in nowise to cast them out.
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