Job 3:16
New International Version
Or why was I not hidden away in the ground like a stillborn child, like an infant who never saw the light of day?

New Living Translation
Why wasn't I buried like a stillborn child, like a baby who never lives to see the light?

English Standard Version
Or why was I not as a hidden stillborn child, as infants who never see the light?

Berean Study Bible
Or why was I not hidden like a stillborn child, like an infant who never sees daylight?

New American Standard Bible
"Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be, As infants that never saw light.

King James Bible
Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

Christian Standard Bible
Or why was I not hidden like a miscarried child, like infants who never see daylight?

Contemporary English Version
I wish I had been born dead and then buried, never to see the light of day.

Good News Translation
or sleeping like a stillborn child.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Or why was I not hidden like a miscarried child, like infants who never see daylight?

International Standard Version
"Or why was I not buried like a stillborn child, like babies who never saw the light?

NET Bible
Or why was I not buried like a stillborn infant, like infants who have never seen the light?

New Heart English Bible
or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, as infants who never saw light.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I would be buried like a stillborn baby. I would not exist. I would be like infants who never saw the light.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been; As infants that never saw light.

New American Standard 1977
“Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be, As infants that never saw light.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Or, why was I not hidden as an untimely birth, as infants who never saw light?

King James 2000 Bible
Or as a hidden untimely birth, I had not been; as infants who never saw light.

American King James Version
Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

American Standard Version
Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, As infants that never saw light.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
or I should have been as an untimely birth proceeding from his mother's womb, or as infants who never saw light.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or as a hidden untimely birth I should not be, or as they that being conceived have not seen the light.

Darby Bible Translation
Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants that have not seen the light.

English Revised Version
Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

Webster's Bible Translation
Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

World English Bible
or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, as infants who never saw light.

Young's Literal Translation
(Or as a hidden abortion I am not, As infants -- they have not seen light.)
Study Bible
Job Laments His Birth
15or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver. 16Or why was I not hidden like a stillborn child, like an infant who never sees daylight? 17There the wicked cease from raging, and there the weary find rest.…
Cross References
Job 3:15
or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver.

Job 3:17
There the wicked cease from raging, and there the weary find rest.

Psalm 58:8
Like a slug that dissolves in its slime, like a woman's stillborn child, may they never see the sun.

Ecclesiastes 6:3
A man may father a hundred children and live for many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he is unsatisfied with his prosperity and does not even receive a proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.

Treasury of Scripture

Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

an hidden.

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.

1 Corinthians 15:8
And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.







Lexicon
Or
א֤וֹ (’ōw)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 176: Desire, if

why was
אֶהְיֶ֑ה (’eh·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

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

hidden
טָ֭מוּן (ṭā·mūn)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2934: To hide, conceal

like a stillborn child,
כְנֵ֣פֶל (ḵə·nê·p̄el)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5309: Something fallen, an abortion

like an infant
כְּ֝עֹלְלִ֗ים (kə·‘ō·lə·lîm)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5768: A suckling

who never
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

sees
רָ֥אוּ (rā·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

daylight?
אֽוֹר׃ (’ō·wr)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 216: Illumination, luminary
(16) Untimely birth.--Another condition which would have relieved him from the experience of suffering.

Verse 16. - Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light. This is added as another way in which Job might have escaped his misery. Though conceived and brought to the birth, he might have been still-born, and so have known no suffering. 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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