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

New Living Translation
Had I died at birth, I would now be at peace. I would be asleep and at rest.

English Standard Version
For then I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept; then I would have been at rest,

Berean Study Bible
For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest

New American Standard Bible
"For now I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept then, I would have been at rest,

King James Bible
For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,

Christian Standard Bible
Now I would certainly be lying down in peace; I would be asleep. Then I would be at rest

Contemporary English Version
Now I would be at peace in the silent world below

Good News Translation
If I had died then, I would be at rest now,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now I would certainly be lying down in peace; I would be asleep. Then I would be at rest

International Standard Version
"If I had died, I would be lying down by now, undisturbed, asleep, and at rest,

NET Bible
For now I would be lying down and would be quiet, I would be asleep and then at peace

New Heart English Bible
For now should I have lain down and been quiet. I should have slept, then I would have been at rest,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Instead of being alive, I would now be quietly lying down. I would now be sleeping peacefully.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For now should I have lain still and been quiet; I should have slept; then had I been at rest--

New American Standard 1977
“For now I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept then, I would have been at rest,

Jubilee Bible 2000
For now I should have lain still and been quiet; I should have slept; then I would have been at rest,

King James 2000 Bible
For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then would I have been at rest,

American King James Version
For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,

American Standard Version
For now should I have lain down and been quiet; I should have slept; then had I been at rest,

Douay-Rheims Bible
For now I should have been asleep and still, and should have rest in my sleep.

Darby Bible Translation
For now should I have lain down and been quiet; I should have slept: then had I been at rest,

English Revised Version
For now should I have lain down and been quiet; I should have slept; then had I been at rest:

Webster's Bible Translation
For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,

World English Bible
For now should I have lain down and been quiet. I should have slept, then I would have been at rest,

Young's Literal Translation
For now, I have lain down, and am quiet, I have slept -- then there is rest to me,
Study Bible
Job Laments His Birth
12Why were there knees to receive me, and breasts that I should be nursed? 13For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest 14with kings and counselors of the earth, who built for themselves cities now in ruins,…
Cross References
Job 3:12
Why were there knees to receive me, and breasts that I should be nursed?

Job 7:8
The eye that beholds me will no longer see me. You will look for me, but I will be no more.

Job 7:21
Why do You not pardon my transgression and take away my iniquity? For soon I will lie down in the dust; You will seek me, but I will be no more."

Job 10:21
before I go--never to return--to a land of darkness and gloom,

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

Job 14:10
But a man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last, and where is he?

Job 14:12
so man lies down and does not rise. Until the heavens are no more, he will not be awakened or roused from his sleep.

Job 14:20
You forever overpower him, and he passes on; You change his countenance and send him away.

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

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

Job 19:25
But I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last He will stand upon the earth.

Job 21:13
They spend their days in prosperity and go down to Sheol in peace.

Job 21:23
One man dies full of vigor, completely secure and at ease.

Job 21:26
But together they lie down in the dust, and worms cover them both.

Job 24:19
As drought and heat consume the melting snow, so Sheol steals those who have sinned.

Job 24:20
The womb forgets them; the worm feeds on them; they are remembered no more. So injustice is like a broken tree.

Job 26:5
The dead tremble--those who dwell beneath the waters.

Job 26:6
Sheol is naked before Him, and Abaddon has no covering.

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

Ezekiel 32:27
They do not lie down with the fallen warriors of old, who went down to Sheol with their weapons of war, whose swords were placed under their heads, whose shields rested on their bones, although the terror of the mighty was once in the land of the living.

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Verse 13. - For now should I have lain still and been quiet. "In that case, I should now (עתָּה) have been lying still and resting myself," instead of tossing about, and being full of restlessness and suffering." I should have slept. The life in the intermediate state is called "sleep," even in the New Testament (Matthew 9:24; John 11:11; Acts 7:60; 1 Corinthians 15:18, 51, etc.). Job, perhaps, imagined it to be, actually, a sound, dreamless slumber. Then should I have been at rest; literally, then (אז) would there have been rest for me." For now should I have lain still, and been quiet,.... Signifying, that if the above had been his case, if he had died as soon as born, or quickly after, then he would have been laid in the grave, where he would have lain as still as on a bed; for such is the grave to dead bodies as a bed is to those that lie down and sleep upon it; a place of ease and quiet, where there is freedom from all care and thought, from all trouble, anxiety, and distress; nay, more so than on a bed, where there is often tossing to and fro, and great disquietude, but none to the body in the grave, that is still and silent, where there is no uneasiness nor disturbance, see Job 17:13,

I should have slept; soundly and quietly, which persons do not always upon their beds; sometimes they cannot sleep at all, and when they do, they are frequently distressed with uneasy thoughts, frightful dreams, and terrifying visions, Job 4:13; but death is a sound sleep until the resurrection morn, which Job had knowledge of, and faith in, and so considered the state of the dead in this light; death is often in Scripture expressed by sleeping, Daniel 12:2; which refers not to the soul, which in a separate state is active and vigorous, and always employed; but to the body, which, as in sleep, so in death, is deprived of the senses, and the exercise of them; on which account there is a great likeness between sleep and death, and out of which a man awakes brisk and cheerful, as the saints will at the time of their resurrection, which will be like an awaking out of sleep:

then had I been at rest; from all toil and labour, from all diseases and pains of body, from all troubles of whatsoever kind, and particularly from those he now laboured under; see Gill on Job 3:17. 13. lain … quiet … slept—a gradation. I should not only have lain, but been quiet, and not only been quiet, but slept. Death in Scripture is called "sleep" (Ps 13:3); especially in the New Testament, where the resurrection-awakening is more clearly set forth (1Co 15:51; 1Th 4:14; 5:10).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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