Job 23:17
New International Version
Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.

New Living Translation
Darkness is all around me; thick, impenetrable darkness is everywhere.

English Standard Version
yet I am not silenced because of the darkness, nor because thick darkness covers my face.

Berean Study Bible
Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.

King James Bible
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.

New King James Version
Because I was not cut off from the presence of darkness, And He did not hide deep darkness from my face.

New American Standard Bible
But I am not destroyed by darkness, Nor by deep gloom which covers me.

NASB 1995
But I am not silenced by the darkness, Nor deep gloom which covers me.

NASB 1977
But I am not silenced by the darkness, Nor deep gloom which covers me.

Amplified Bible
But I am not silenced by the darkness [of these woes that fell on me], Nor by the thick darkness which covers my face.

Christian Standard Bible
Yet I am not destroyed by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yet I am not destroyed by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.

American Standard Version
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, Neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because I was not silenced by the presence of the darkness and by the presence of the veil of gloom

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For I knew not that darkness would come upon me, and thick darkness has covered me before my face.

Contemporary English Version
God has covered me with darkness, but I refuse to be silent.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I have not perished because of the darkness that hangs over me, neither hath the mist covered my face.

English Revised Version
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But I am not silenced by the dark or by the thick darkness that covers my face.

International Standard Version
Nevertheless, I haven't been silenced because of the darkness, even when thick darkness obscures my vision."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, Neither did He cover the thick darkness from my face.

Literal Standard Version
For I have not been cut off before darkness, And before me He covered thick darkness.”

NET Bible
Yet I have not been silent because of the darkness, because of the thick darkness that covered my face.

New Heart English Bible
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.

World English Bible
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.

Young's Literal Translation
For I have not been cut off before darkness, And before me He covered thick darkness.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Longs for God
16God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me. 17Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.

Cross References
Job 10:18
Why then did You bring me from the womb? Oh, that I had died, and no eye had seen me!

Job 10:19
If only I had never come to be, but had been carried from the womb to the grave.

Job 19:8
He has blocked my way so I cannot pass; He has veiled my paths with darkness.


Treasury of Scripture

Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither has he covered the darkness from my face.

cut off

Job 6:9
Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

2 Kings 22:20
Behold therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again.

Isaiah 57:1
The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

the darkness from

Job 15:22
He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword.

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.









Verse 17. - Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face. Job complains of two things:

(1) That he was not cut off (i.e. removed from earth) before the great darkness fell upon his life (comp. Job 3:11-13).

(2) That he was not "covered,' i.e. sheltered and protected, by the love and care of God when the dark days came.

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Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Yet
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

I am not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

silenced
נִ֭צְמַתִּי (niṣ·mat·tî)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 6789: To put an end to, exterminate

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

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

by the thick darkness
אֹֽפֶל׃ (’ō·p̄el)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 652: Darkness, gloom

that covers
כִּסָּה־ (kis·sāh-)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3680: To plump, fill up hollows, to cover

my face.
וּ֝מִפָּנַ֗י (ū·mip·pā·nay)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-m | Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 6440: The face


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