Job 3:11
New International Version
"Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb?

New Living Translation
"Why wasn't I born dead? Why didn't I die as I came from the womb?

English Standard Version
“Why did I not die at birth, come out from the womb and expire?

Berean Study Bible
Why did I not perish at birth; why did I not die as I came from the womb?

New American Standard Bible
"Why did I not die at birth, Come forth from the womb and expire?

King James Bible
Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?

Christian Standard Bible
Why was I not stillborn; why didn't I die as I came from the womb?

Contemporary English Version
Why didn't I die at birth?

Good News Translation
I wish I had died in my mother's womb or died the moment I was born.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why was I not stillborn; why didn't I die as I came from the womb?

International Standard Version
Why didn't I die while I was still in the womb, or die while I was being born?

NET Bible
"Why did I not die at birth, and why did I not expire as I came out of the womb?

New Heart English Bible
"Why did I not die from the womb? Why did I not give up the spirit when my mother bore me?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Why didn't I die as soon as I was born and breathe my last breath when I came out of the womb?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Why died I not from the womb? Why did I not perish at birth?

New American Standard 1977
“Why did I not die at birth, Come forth from the womb and expire?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Why did I not die from the womb? Why did I not give up the spirit when I came out of the belly?

King James 2000 Bible
Why died I not from the womb? why did I not expire when I came out of the womb?

American King James Version
Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?

American Standard Version
Why died I not from the womb? Why did I not give up the ghost when my mother bare me?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For why died I not in the belly? and why did I not come forth from the womb and die immediately?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why did I not die in the womb, why did I not perish when I came out of the belly?

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore did I not die from the womb, -- come forth from the belly and expire?

English Revised Version
Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?

Webster's Bible Translation
Why died I not from the womb? why did I not expire at the time of my birth?

World English Bible
"Why didn't I die from the womb? Why didn't I give up the spirit when my mother bore me?

Young's Literal Translation
Why from the womb do I not die? From the belly I have come forth and gasp!
Study Bible
Job Laments His Birth
10For that night did not shut the doors of the womb to hide the sorrow from my eyes. 11Why did I not perish at birth; why did I not die as I came from the womb? 12Why were there knees to receive me, and breasts that I should be nursed?…
Cross References
Job 3:10
For that night did not shut the doors of the womb to hide the sorrow from my eyes.

Job 3:12
Why were there knees to receive me, and breasts that I should be nursed?

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.

Ecclesiastes 4:2
So I admired the dead, who had already died, above the living, who are still alive.

Ecclesiastes 4:3
But better than both is he who has not yet existed, who has not seen the evil that is done under the sun.

Jeremiah 20:17
because he did not kill me in the womb so that my mother might have been my grave, and her womb forever enlarged.

Treasury of Scripture

Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?

died I.

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

Jeremiah 15:10
Woe is me, my mother, that thou hast borne me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither lent on usury, nor men have lent to me on usury; yet every one of them doth curse me.

Hosea 9:14
Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

when I came.

Psalm 22:9,10
But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts…

Psalm 71:6
By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother's bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.

Psalm 139:13-16
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb…







Lexicon
Why
לָ֤מָּה (lām·māh)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

did I not perish
אָמ֑וּת (’ā·mūṯ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4191: To die, to kill

at birth;
מֵרֶ֣חֶם (mê·re·ḥem)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7358: The womb

why did I not die
וְאֶגְוָֽע׃ (wə·’eḡ·wā‘)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1478: To breathe out, expire

as I came
יָצָ֣אתִי (yā·ṣā·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

from the womb?
מִבֶּ֖טֶן (mib·be·ṭen)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 990: The belly, the womb, the bosom, body of anything
Verse 11. - Why died I not from the womb? "From the womb" must mean, "as soon as I came out of the womb," not "while I yet remained within it" (comp. Jeremiah 20:17, "Because he slew me not from the womb"). Many of the ancients thought that it was best not to be born; and next best, if one were born, to quit the earth as soon as possible. Herodotus says that with the Trauri, a tribe of Thracians, it was the custom, whenever a child was born, for all its kindred to sit round it in a circle, and weep for the woes that it would have to endure now that it was come into the world; while, on the other hand, whenever a person died, they buried him with laughter and rejoicings, since they said that he was now free from a host of sufferings, and enjoyed the completest happiness (Herod., 5:4). Sophocles expresses the feeling with great terseness and force: Μὴ φῦναι τὸν ἅπαντα νικᾷ λόγον τὸ δ ἐπεὶ φαςῆ βῆναι κεῖθεν ὅθεν περ ἥκει πολὺ δεύτερον ὡστάχιστα (Ed. Col., 1225-1228): "Not to be born is best of all; once born, next best it is by far to go back there from whence one came as speedily as possible." Modern pessimism sums up all in the phrase that "life is not worth living." Why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly? As so often, the second clause of the distich repeats the idea of the first, merely varying the phraseology. 3:11-19 Job complained of those present at his birth, for their tender attention to him. No creature comes into the world so helpless as man. God's power and providence upheld our frail lives, and his pity and patience spared our forfeited lives. Natural affection is put into parents' hearts by God. To desire to die that we may be with Christ, that we may be free from sin, is the effect and evidence of grace; but to desire to die, only that we may be delivered from the troubles of this life, savours of corruption. It is our wisdom and duty to make the best of that which is, be it living or dying; and so to live to the Lord, and die to the Lord, as in both to be his, Ro 14:8. Observe how Job describes the repose of the grave; There the wicked cease from troubling. When persecutors die, they can no longer persecute. There the weary are at rest: in the grave they rest from all their labours. And a rest from sin, temptation, conflict, sorrows, and labours, remains in the presence and enjoyment of God. There believers rest in Jesus, nay, as far as we trust in the Lord Jesus and obey him, we here find rest to our souls, though in the world we have tribulation.
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