Because it hath not shut the doors Of the womb that was mine! And hide misery from mine eyes.
Job 3:10 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Because it shut not up the doors - Here is the reason why he curses the day and the night in which he was conceived and born; because, had he never been brought into existence, he would never have seen trouble. It seems, however, very harsh that he should have wished the destruction of his mother, in order that his birth might have been prevented; and I rather think Job's execration did not extend thus far. The Targum understands the passage as speaking of the umbilical cord, by which the fetus is nourished in its mother's womb: had this been shut up, there must have been a miscarriage, or he must have been dead born; and thus sorrow would have been hidden from his eyes. This seeming gloss is much nearer the letter and spirit of the Hebrew than is generally imagined. I shall quote the words: כי לא סגר דלתי בטני ki lo sagar dalthey bitni, because it did not shut up the doors of my belly. This is much more consistent with the feelings of humanity, than to wish his mother's womb to have been his grave.
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Job 10:18,19 Why then have you brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!...
Genesis 20:18 For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.
Genesis 29:31 And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.
1 Samuel 1:5 But to Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.
Ecclesiastes 6:3-5 If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good...
Jeremiah 20:17 Because he slew me not from the womb; or that my mother might have been my grave, and her womb to be always great with me.
Job 6:2,3 Oh that my grief were thoroughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!...
Job 10:1 My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint on myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
Job 23:2 Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
Ecclesiastes 11:10 Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, and put away evil from your flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.
Job 3:10 Parallel CommentariesBirth Body Bore Doors Eyes Hid Hide Misery Mother's Opening Prevented Shut Sorrow Trouble Veiled WombBirth Body Bore Doors Eyes Hid Hide Misery Mother's Opening Prevented Shut Sorrow Trouble Veiled WombTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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