Job 3:16
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English Standard Version
Or why was I not as a hidden stillborn child, as infants who never see the light?

King James Bible
Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

American Standard Version
Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, As infants that never saw light.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or as a hidden untimely birth I should not be, or as they that being conceived have not seen the light.

English Revised Version
Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

Webster's Bible Translation
Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

10 Because it did not close the doors of my mother's womb,

Nor hid sorrow from my eyes.

11 Why did I not die from the womb,

Come forth from the womb and expire?

12 Why have the knees welcomed me?

And why the breasts, that I should suck?

The whole strophe contains strong reason for his cursing the night of his conception or birth. It should rather have closed (i.e., make the womb barren, to be explained according to 1 Samuel 1:5; Genesis 16:2) the doors of his womb (i.e., the womb that conceived concepit him), and so have withdrawn the sorrow he now experiences from his unborn eyes (on the extended force of the negative, vid., Ges. 152, 3). Then why, i.e., to what purpose worth the labour, is he then conceived and born? The four questions, Job 3:11., form a climax: he follows the course of his life from its commencement in embryo (מרהם, to be explained according to Jeremiah 20:17, and Job 10:18, where, however, it is מן local, not as here, temporal) to the birth, and from the joy of his father who took the new-born child upon his knees (comp. Genesis 50:23) to the first development of the infant, and he curses this growing life in its four phases (Arnh., Schlottm.). Observe the consecutio temp. The fut. אמוּת has the signification moriebar, because taken from the thought of the first period of his conception and birth; so also ואגוע, governed by the preceding perf., the signification et exspirabam (Ges. 127, 4, c). Just so אינק, but modal, ut sugerem ea.

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Psalm 58:8 As a snail which melts, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.

1 Corinthians 15:8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

Cross References
Job 3:15
or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver.

Job 3:17
There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary are at rest.

Psalm 58:8
Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime, like the stillborn child who never sees the sun.

Ecclesiastes 6:3
If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with life's good things, and he also has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.

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