Job 17:12
New International Version
turn night into day; in the face of the darkness light is near.

New Living Translation
These men say that night is day; they claim that the darkness is light.

English Standard Version
They make night into day: ‘The light,’ they say, ‘is near to the darkness.’

Berean Study Bible
They have turned night into day and have made light seem near in the face of darkness.

New American Standard Bible
"They make night into day, saying, 'The light is near,' in the presence of darkness.

King James Bible
They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.

Christian Standard Bible
They turned night into day and made light seem near in the face of darkness.

Contemporary English Version
But all my friends can do is offer empty hopes.

Good News Translation
But my friends say night is daylight; they say that light is near, but I know I remain in darkness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They turned night into day and made light seem near in the face of darkness.

International Standard Version
They have transformed night into day— 'The light,' they say, 'is about to become dark.'

NET Bible
These men change night into day; they say, 'The light is near in the face of darkness.'

New Heart English Bible
They change the night into day, saying 'The light is near' in the presence of darkness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You say that night is day. Light has nearly become darkness.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They change the night into day; The light is short because of darkness.

New American Standard 1977
“They make night into day, saying, ‘The light is near,’ in the presence of darkness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They changed the night into day; the light is short because of the darkness.

King James 2000 Bible
They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.

American King James Version
They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.

American Standard Version
They change the night into day: The light,'say they , is near unto the darkness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They have turned night into day, and after darkness I hope for light again.

Darby Bible Translation
They change the night into day; the light [they imagine] near in presence of the darkness.

English Revised Version
They change the night into a day: the fight, say they, is near unto the darkness.

Webster's Bible Translation
They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.

World English Bible
They change the night into day, saying 'The light is near' in the presence of darkness.

Young's Literal Translation
Night for day they appoint, Light is near because of darkness.
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
Job Prepares for Death
11My days have passed; my plans are broken off—even the desires of my heart. 12They have turned night into day and have made light seem near in the face of darkness. 13If I look for Sheol as my home, if I spread out my bed in darkness,…
Cross References
Job 17:11
My days have passed; my plans are broken off--even the desires of my heart.

Job 17:13
If I look for Sheol as my home, if I spread out my bed in darkness,

Isaiah 5:20
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who turn darkness to light and light to darkness, who replace bitter with sweet and sweet with bitter.

Treasury of Scripture

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

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short. Heb. near







Lexicon
They have turned
יָשִׂ֑ימוּ (yā·śî·mū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

night
לַ֭יְלָה (lay·lāh)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3915: A twist, night, adversity

into day
לְי֣וֹם (lə·yō·wm)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3117: A day

and have made light
א֝֗וֹר (’ō·wr)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 216: Illumination, luminary

seem near
קָר֥וֹב (qā·rō·wḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7138: Near

in the face
מִפְּנֵי־ (mip·pə·nê-)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

of darkness.
חֹֽשֶׁךְ׃ (ḥō·šeḵ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2822: The dark, darkness, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness
(12) They change the night into day.--Comp. Job 11:17. So little did his friends enter into his case that they wanted him to believe that his night of trial was the reverse of darkness, and that there was light at hand. This was to him only the more painful mockery, because of its contrast to his felt condition. He, on the contrary, says that his only hope is in the grave. "The light," say they, "is near unto the darkness; that it is near before the darkness cometh; they try to persuade me that prosperity is close at hand."

Verse 12. - They change the night into day. They, my detractors, who are also my so-called "comforters," pretend to change my night into day; assure me that the cloud which rests on me is only for a time, and will ere long give place to the brightness of day, to a glorious burst of sunshine (see Job 5:18-26; Job 8:21, 22; Job 11:15-19). The light (they say) is short because of darkness; or, rather, is near because of the darkness. To extreme darkness shows that dawn must be near, that the day must soon break when my sorrow will be turned into joy. Job had not found himself comforted by these assurances, which lacked the ring of sincerity, and could not be accomplished except by miracle, which he did not feel that he had any right to expect. 17:10-16 Job's friends had pretended to comfort him with the hope of his return to a prosperous estate; he here shows that those do not go wisely about the work of comforting the afflicted, who fetch their comforts from the possibility of recovery in this world. It is our wisdom to comfort ourselves, and others, in distress, with that which will not fail; the promise of God, his love and grace, and a well-grounded hope of eternal life. See how Job reconciles himself to the grave. Let this make believers willing to die; it is but going to bed; they are weary, and it is time that they were in their beds. Why should not they go willingly when their Father calls them? Let us remember our bodies are allied to corruption, the worm and the dust; and let us seek for that lively hope which shall be fulfilled, when the hope of the wicked shall be put out in darkness; that when our bodies are in the grave, our souls may enjoy the rest reserved for the people of God.
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