Job 30:26
New International Version
Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness.

New Living Translation
So I looked for good, but evil came instead. I waited for the light, but darkness fell.

English Standard Version
But when I hoped for good, evil came, and when I waited for light, darkness came.

Berean Study Bible
But when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, darkness fell.

King James Bible
When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.

New King James Version
But when I looked for good, evil came to me; And when I waited for light, then came darkness.

New American Standard Bible
“When I expected good, evil came; When I waited for light, darkness came.

NASB 1995
“When I expected good, then evil came; When I waited for light, then darkness came.

NASB 1977
“When I expected good, then evil came; When I waited for light, then darkness came.

Amplified Bible
“When I expected good, then came evil [to me]; And when I waited for light, then came darkness.

Christian Standard Bible
But when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, darkness came.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, darkness came.

American Standard Version
When I looked for good, then evil came; And when I waited for light, there came darkness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have waited for good and evil came; I have waited for the light, and blackness came

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But I, when I waited for good things, behold, days of evils came the more upon me.

Contemporary English Version
But when I beg for relief and light, all I receive are disaster and darkness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I expected good things, and evils are come upon me: I waited for light, and darkness broke out.

English Revised Version
When I looked for good, then evil came; and when I waited for light, there came darkness.

Good News Translation
I hoped for happiness and light, but trouble and darkness came instead.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When I waited for good, evil came. When I looked for light, darkness came.

International Standard Version
I have hoped for good, but evil came instead; I have hoped for light, but darkness came.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yet, when I looked for good, there came evil; And when I waited for light, there came darkness.

Literal Standard Version
When I expected good, then comes evil, And I wait for light, and darkness comes.

NET Bible
But when I hoped for good, trouble came; when I expected light, then darkness came.

New Heart English Bible
When I looked for good, then evil came; When I waited for light, there came darkness.

World English Bible
When I looked for good, then evil came; When I waited for light, there came darkness.

Young's Literal Translation
When good I expected, then cometh evil, And I wait for light, and darkness cometh.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job's Prosperity Becomes Calamity
25Have I not wept for those in trouble? Has my soul not grieved for the needy? 26But when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, darkness fell. 27I am churning within and cannot rest; days of affliction confront me.…

Cross References
Job 3:25
For the thing I feared has overtaken me, and what I dreaded has befallen me.

Job 3:26
I am not at ease or quiet; I have no rest, for trouble has come."

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

Jeremiah 8:15
We hoped for peace, but no good has come, for a time of healing, but there was only terror.

Jeremiah 14:19
Have You rejected Judah completely? Do You despise Zion? Why have You stricken us so that we are beyond healing? We hoped for peace, but no good has come, and for the time of healing, but there was only terror.

Lamentations 3:2
He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness instead of light.


Treasury of Scripture

When I looked for good, then evil came to me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.

When I looked

Job 3:25,26
For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me…

Job 29:18
Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.

Jeremiah 8:15
We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble!

light

Job 18:6,18
The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him…

Job 23:17
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.

Psalm 97:11
Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.









(26) When I looked for good.--Before, in Job 3:25-26, he had spoken as one who did not wish to be the fool of prosperity, and so overtaken unawares by calamity, and who therefore looked at things on the darker side; now he speaks as one who hoped for the best, and yet, notwithstanding that hope, was disappointed and deceived.

Verse 26. - When I looked for flood, then evil came unto me. Job was "looking for good," expecting fully the continuance of his great wealth and prosperity, when the sudden shock of calamity fell upon him It was wholly unexpected, and therefore the harder to bear. And when I waited for light, there came darkness. This may refer to periods, after his calamities began, when he had hopes that his prayers would be answered, and a rest or pause, an interval of repose, be granted him (Job 9:34; Job 10:20), but when his hopes were disappointed, and the darkness closed in upon him thicker and murkier than ever.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But when
כִּ֤י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

I hoped for
קִ֭וִּיתִי (qiw·wî·ṯî)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 6960: To bind together, collect, to expect

good,
ט֣וֹב (ṭō·wḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

evil
רָ֑ע (rā‘)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7451: Bad, evil

came;
וַיָּ֣בֹא (way·yā·ḇō)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

when I looked
וַֽאֲיַחֲלָ֥ה (wa·’ă·ya·ḥă·lāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative - first person common singular
Strong's 3176: To wait, to be patient, hope

for light,
לְ֝א֗וֹר (lə·’ō·wr)
Preposition | Noun - common singular
Strong's 216: Illumination, luminary

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

came.
וַיָּ֥בֹא (way·yā·ḇō)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go


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