Job 22:11
New International Version
why it is so dark you cannot see, and why a flood of water covers you.

New Living Translation
That is why you cannot see in the darkness, and waves of water cover you.

English Standard Version
or darkness, so that you cannot see, and a flood of water covers you.

Berean Study Bible
it is so dark you cannot see, and a flood of water covers you.

King James Bible
Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee.

New King James Version
Or darkness so that you cannot see; And an abundance of water covers you.

New American Standard Bible
Or darkness, so that you cannot see, And a flood of water covers you.

NASB 1995
Or darkness, so that you cannot see, And an abundance of water covers you.

NASB 1977
Or darkness, so that you cannot see, And an abundance of water covers you.

Amplified Bible
Or darkness, so that you cannot see, And a flood of water covers you.

Christian Standard Bible
or darkness, so you cannot see, and a flood of water covers you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
or darkness, so you cannot see, and a flood of water covers you.

American Standard Version
Or darkness, so that thou canst not see, And abundance of waters cover thee.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
From where the darkness is, you have not seen, and pouring forth of waters will cover you

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The light has proved darkness to thee, and water has covered thee on thy lying down.

Contemporary English Version
blinded by darkness, and drowned in a flood.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And didst thou think that thou shouldst not see darkness, and that thou shouldst not be covered with the violence of overflowing waters?

English Revised Version
Or darkness, that thou canst not see, and abundance of waters cover thee.

Good News Translation
It has grown so dark that you cannot see, and a flood overwhelms you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[That is why] darkness surrounds you and you cannot see and a flood of water covers you.

International Standard Version
you see nothing but darkness, and a flood of troubles drowns you."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Or darkness, that thou canst not see, And abundance of waters cover thee.

Literal Standard Version
Or darkness—you do not see, And abundance of waters covers you.

NET Bible
why it is so dark you cannot see, and why a flood of water covers you.

New Heart English Bible
or darkness, so that you can not see, and floods of waters cover you.

World English Bible
or darkness, so that you can not see, and floods of waters cover you.

Young's Literal Translation
Or darkness -- thou dost not see, And abundance of waters doth cover thee.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Eliphaz Exhorts Job
10Therefore snares surround you, and sudden peril terrifies you; 11 it is so dark you cannot see, and a flood of water covers you. 12Is not God as high as the heavens? Look at the highest stars, how lofty they are!…

Cross References
Job 5:14
They encounter darkness by day and grope at noon as in the night.

Job 11:16
For you will forget your misery, recalling it only as waters gone by.

Job 24:18
They are but foam on the surface of the water; their portion of the land is cursed, so that no one turns toward their vineyards.

Job 38:34
Can you command the clouds so that a flood of water covers you?

Psalm 69:1
Save me, O God, for the waters are up to my neck.

Psalm 69:2
I have sunk into the miry depths, where there is no footing; I have drifted into deep waters, where the flood engulfs me.

Psalm 124:4
then the floods would have engulfed us, then the torrent would have overwhelmed us,


Treasury of Scripture

Or darkness, that you can not see; and abundance of waters cover you.

darkness

Job 18:6,18
The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him…

Job 19:8
He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths.

Proverbs 4:19
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

abundance

Psalm 42:7
Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

Psalm 69:1,2
To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, A Psalm of David. Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul…

Psalm 124:4
Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul:









Verse 11. - Or darkness, that thou canst not see. Job had complained of the "darkness" that was "set in his paths" (Job 19:8), meaning probably his inability to discover the cause of his afflictions. And abundance of waters cover thee. The comparison of severe affliction to an overwhelming flood is very common in Scripture (see Psalm 42:7; Psalm 69:1-3, 14, 15; Psalm 124:4, 5; Lamentations 3:54, etc.). So Shakespeare speaks of "a sea of troubles."

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

you cannot
לֹֽא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

see,
תִרְאֶ֑ה (ṯir·’eh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 7200: To see

and a flood
וְֽשִׁפְעַת־ (wə·šip̄·‘aṯ-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 8229: Abundance, quantity

of water
מַ֥יִם (ma·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen

covers you.
תְּכַסֶּֽךָּ׃ (tə·ḵas·se·kā)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person feminine singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's 3680: To plump, fill up hollows, to cover


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