Job 3:23
New International Version
Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?

New Living Translation
Why is life given to those with no future, those God has surrounded with difficulties?

English Standard Version
Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?

Berean Study Bible
Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?

New American Standard Bible
"Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, And whom God has hedged in?

King James Bible
Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?

Christian Standard Bible
Why is life given to a man whose path is hidden, whom God has hedged in?

Contemporary English Version
Why do I go on living when God has me surrounded, and I can't see the road?

Good News Translation
God keeps their future hidden and hems them in on every side.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why is life given to a man whose path is hidden, whom God has hedged in?

International Standard Version
To the formerly successful man who lost his way in life, and God fenced him in?

NET Bible
Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, and whom God has hedged in?

New Heart English Bible
Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, whom God has hedged in?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why give light to those whose paths have been hidden, to those whom God has fenced in?

JPS Tanakh 1917
To a man whose way is hid, And whom God hath hedged in?

New American Standard 1977
Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, And whom God has hedged in?

Jubilee Bible 2000
to the man who does not know which way he goes and whom God has hedged in?

King James 2000 Bible
Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God has hedged in?

American King James Version
Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God has hedged in?

American Standard Version
Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, And whom God hath hedged in?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Death is rest to such a man, for God has hedged him in.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To a man whose way is hidden, and God hath surrounded him with darkness?

Darby Bible Translation
To the man whose way is hidden, and whom +God hath hedged in?

English Revised Version
Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?

Webster's Bible Translation
Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?

World English Bible
Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?

Young's Literal Translation
To a man whose way hath been hidden, And whom God doth shut up?
Study Bible
Job Laments His Birth
22who rejoice and greatly exult when they can find the grave? 23Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in? 24I sigh when food is put before me, and my groans pour out like water.…
Cross References
Job 3:22
who rejoice and greatly exult when they can find the grave?

Job 19:6
then understand that it is God who has wronged me and drawn His net around me.

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

Psalm 88:8
You have removed my friends from me; You have made me repulsive to them; I am confined and cannot escape.

Lamentations 3:7
He has walled me in so I cannot escape; He has weighed me down with chains.

Treasury of Scripture

Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God has hedged in?

whose way.

Isaiah 40:27
Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?

hedged in.

Job 12:14
Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.

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

Psalm 31:8
And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.







Lexicon
Why is life given to a man
לְ֭גֶבֶר (lə·ḡe·ḇer)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1397: A valiant man, warrior, a person simply

whose
אֲשֶׁר־ (’ă·šer-)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

way
דַּרְכּ֣וֹ (dar·kōw)
Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

is hidden,
נִסְתָּ֑רָה (nis·tā·rāh)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5641: To hide, conceal

whom God
אֱל֣וֹהַּ (’ĕ·lō·w·ah)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 433: God -- a deity, the Deity

has hedged in?
וַיָּ֖סֶךְ (way·yā·seḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5526: To entwine as a, screen, to fence in, cover over, protect
(23) Hedged in.--The same expression was used in an opposite sense in Job 1:10.

Verse 23. - Why is light given to a man whose way is hid? "Obscured," that is, "darkened," "placed under a cloud" (comp. ver. 20, where the sentiment is nearly the same). And whom God hath hedged in. Not in the way of protection, as in Job 1:10, but of obstruction and confinement: (comp. Job 19:8 and Hosea 2:6). Job feels himself confined, imprisoned, blocked in. He can neither see the path which he ought to pursue nor take steps in any direction. 3:20-26 Job was like a man who had lost his way, and had no prospect of escape, or hope of better times. But surely he was in an ill frame for death when so unwilling to live. Let it be our constant care to get ready for another world, and then leave it to God to order our removal thither as he thinks fit. Grace teaches us in the midst of life's greatest comforts, to be willing to die, and in the midst of its greatest crosses, to be willing to live. Job's way was hid; he knew not wherefore God contended with him. The afflicted and tempted Christian knows something of this heaviness; when he has been looking too much at the things that are seen, some chastisement of his heavenly Father will give him a taste of this disgust of life, and a glance at these dark regions of despair. Nor is there any help until God shall restore to him the joys of his salvation. Blessed be God, the earth is full of his goodness, though full of man's wickedness. This life may be made tolerable if we attend to our duty. We look for eternal mercy, if willing to receive Christ as our Saviour.
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