Job 10:21
New International Version
before I go to the place of no return, to the land of gloom and utter darkness,

New Living Translation
before I leave--never to return--for the land of darkness and utter gloom.

English Standard Version
before I go—and I shall not return— to the land of darkness and deep shadow,

Berean Study Bible
before I go—never to return—to a land of darkness and gloom,

New American Standard Bible
Before I go-- and I shall not return-- To the land of darkness and deep shadow,

King James Bible
Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;

Christian Standard Bible
before I go to a land of darkness and gloom, never to return.

Contemporary English Version
before I travel to the land

Good News Translation
I am going soon and will never come back--going to a land that is dark and gloomy,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
before I go to a land of darkness and gloom, never to return.

International Standard Version
before I go, never to return, leaving for the land of deep darkness and shadow.

NET Bible
before I depart, never to return, to the land of darkness and the deepest shadow,

New Heart English Bible
before I go where I shall not return from, to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
before I go away to a land of darkness and gloom,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Before I go whence I shall not return, Even to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;

New American Standard 1977
Before I go—and I shall not return— To the land of darkness and deep shadow;

Jubilee Bible 2000
before I go, to not return, to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;

King James 2000 Bible
Before I go where I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;

American King James Version
Before I go from where I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;

American Standard Version
Before I go whence I shall not return, Even to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
before I go whence I shall not return, to a land of darkness and gloominess;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Before I go, and return no more, to a land that is dark and covered with the mist of death:

Darby Bible Translation
Before I go, and never to return, -- to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;

English Revised Version
Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;

Webster's Bible Translation
Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness, and the shades of death;

World English Bible
before I go where I shall not return from, to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;

Young's Literal Translation
Before I go, and return not, Unto a land of darkness and death-shade,
Study Bible
Job's Plea to God
20Are my days not few? Withdraw from me, that I may have a little comfort, 21before I go— never to return— to a land of darkness and gloom, 22to a land of utter darkness, of deep shadow and disorder, where even the light is like darkness.”…
Cross References
2 Samuel 12:23
But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me."

Job 3:13
For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest

Job 10:22
to a land of utter darkness, of deep shadow and disorder, where even the light is like darkness."

Job 16:22
For when only a few years are past I will go the way of no return.

Job 34:22
There is no darkness or deep shadow where the workers of iniquity can hide.

Job 38:17
Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Have you seen the gates of the shadow of death?

Psalm 23:4
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 39:13
Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may again be cheered before I depart and am no more."

Psalm 88:12
Will Your wonders be known in the darkness, or Your righteousness in the land of oblivion?

Treasury of Scripture

Before I go from where I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;

I go whence

Job 7:8-10
The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not…

Job 14:10-14
But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? …

2 Samuel 12:23
But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.

the land

Job 3:5
Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.

Psalm 88:6,11,12
Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps…

the shadow.

Job 3:5
Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.

Psalm 23:4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Jeremiah 2:6
Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt?







Lexicon
before
בְּטֶ֣רֶם (bə·ṭe·rem)
Preposition-b | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 2962: Non-occurrence, not yet, before

I go—
אֵ֭לֵךְ (’ê·lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

never
וְלֹ֣א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

to return—
אָשׁ֑וּב (’ā·šūḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

a land
אֶ֖רֶץ (’e·reṣ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land

of darkness
חֹ֣שֶׁךְ (ḥō·šeḵ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2822: The dark, darkness, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness

and gloom,
וְצַלְמָֽוֶת׃ (wə·ṣal·mā·weṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6757: Death-like shadow, deep shadow
Verse 21. - Before I go whence I shall not return (comp. Job 7:9; and see 2 Samuel 12:23). Even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death. Job's idea of the receptacle of the dead, while it has some analogies with the Egyptian under-world, and even more with the Greek and Roman conceptions of Hades or Orcus, was probably derived from Babylonia, or Chaldea, on which the land that he inhabited bordered (Job 1:17). It was within the earth, consequently dark and sunless (compare the Umbrae of the Romans, and Euripides's νέκρων κευθμῶνα καὶ σκότου πύλας), deep (Job 11:8), dreary, fastened with belts and bars (Job 17:16). The Babylonians spoke of it as "the abode of darkness and famine, where earth was men's food, and their nourishment clay; where light was not seen, but in darkness they dwelt; where ghosts, like birds, fluttered their wings; and where, on the doors and on the door-posts, the dust lay undisturbed" (Transactions of the Society of Biblical Archaeology, vol. 1. p. 118). 10:14-22 Job did not deny that as a sinner he deserved his sufferings; but he thought that justice was executed upon him with peculiar rigour. His gloom, unbelief, and hard thoughts of God, were as much to be ascribed to Satan's inward temptations, and his anguish of soul, under the sense of God's displeasure, as to his outward trials, and remaining depravity. Our Creator, become in Christ our Redeemer also, will not destroy the work of his hands in any humble believer; but will renew him unto holiness, that he may enjoy eternal life. If anguish on earth renders the grave a desirable refuge, what will be their condition who are condemned to the blackness of darkness for ever? Let every sinner seek deliverance from that dreadful state, and every believer be thankful to Jesus, who delivereth from the wrath to come.
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