Job 30:26
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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 came.

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

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

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

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

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But when I hoped 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.

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.

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

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

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
When I expected good, then evil came unto me; and when I waited for light, there came darkness.

King James 2000 Bible
When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.

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

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

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

Darby Bible Translation
For I expected good, and there came evil; and I waited for light, but there came darkness.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
When I looked for good, then evil came: and 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.
Study Bible
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 came. 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 on me, and that which …

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, …

Jeremiah 14:19 Have you utterly rejected Judah? has your soul loathed Zion? why …

Jeremiah 15:18 Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuses to …

Micah 1:12 For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good: but evil …

light

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

Job 23:17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither has he covered …

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

Isaiah 50:10 Who is among you that fears the LORD, that obeys the voice of his …







(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. When I looked for good,.... As he thought he might reasonably expect it, since he had shown such a sympathizing spirit to persons in trouble, and such pity and mercy to the poor: in the time of his prosperity, he looked for a continuance of the good things he enjoyed, and expected to have had them for many years to come, and to have died in the possession of them, Job 29:18; and even in his adversity, though he had received evil things at the hand of God, which he took patiently; yet at first he did not think they would always continue, but that there would be a turn of affairs, and he should again receive good at his hands; and he had been looking for it, as good men have reason to expect it; since God is good and does good, and especially to his own people, and has laid up goodness for them that fear him, and such an one Job was; and has promised good things unto them, both temporal and spiritual; for godliness and godly men have the promise of this life, and of that which is to come: but Job was disappointed in his expectation; for, says he,

then evil came unto me, the evil of affliction, one upon the back of another, even when in the height of his prosperity; and since repeated evil, new afflictions, came upon him by the appointment, order, and direction of God:

and when I waited for light; for the light of outward prosperity, such as he had formerly enjoyed; and for the light of God's countenance, which he most earnestly sought after, and longed for, and was in a waiting posture for it, as good men have reason to be; since light is sown for them in the purposes and decrees of God, in his counsel and covenant, in his Gospel, and the promises of it; and therefore should wait for the springing of it up, as the husbandman does for the springing up of the corn sown in the earth, and lying under the clods; and seeing that to the upright there arises light in darkness; and though God hides his face from them, for a moment, he will have mercy on them, and therefore should wait his time to be gracious to them; but Job had waited long, and, as he thought, to no purpose: for

there came darkness; the darkness of adversity, still thicker and darker, and no appearance of spiritual light and favour, or any discoveries of the love of God to him, or enjoyment of his presence; see Jeremiah 8:15. 26. I may be allowed to crave help, seeing that, "when I looked for good (on account of my piety and charity), yet evil," etc.

light—(Job 22:28).30:15-31 Job complains a great deal. Harbouring hard thoughts of God was the sin which did, at this time, most easily beset Job. When inward temptations join with outward calamities, the soul is hurried as in a tempest, and is filled with confusion. But woe be to those who really have God for an enemy! Compared with the awful state of ungodly men, what are all outward, or even inward temporal afflictions? There is something with which Job comforts himself, yet it is but a little. He foresees that death will be the end of all his troubles. God's wrath might bring him to death; but his soul would be safe and happy in the world of spirits. If none pity us, yet our God, who corrects, pities us, even as a father pitieth his own children. And let us look more to the things of eternity: then the believer will cease from mourning, and joyfully praise redeeming love.
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