Job 36:20
New International Version
Do not long for the night, to drag people away from their homes.

New Living Translation
Do not long for the cover of night, for that is when people will be destroyed.

English Standard Version
Do not long for the night, when peoples vanish in their place.

Berean Study Bible
Do not long for the night, when people vanish from their homes.

New American Standard Bible
"Do not long for the night, When people vanish in their place.

King James Bible
Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.

Christian Standard Bible
Do not long for the night when nations will disappear from their places.

Contemporary English Version
nor can you find safety in the dark world below.

Good News Translation
Don't wish for night to come, the time when nations will perish.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not long for the night when nations will disappear from their places.

International Standard Version
Don't long for night, when people vanish in their place.

NET Bible
Do not long for the cover of night to drag people away from their homes.

New Heart English Bible
Do not desire the night, when people are cut off in their place.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't look forward to the night, when people disappear from their places.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Desire not the night, When peoples are cut off in their place.

New American Standard 1977
“Do not long for the night, When people vanish in their place.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not desire the night, when he cuts people off in their place.

King James 2000 Bible
Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.

American King James Version
Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.

American Standard Version
Desire not the night, When peoples are cut off in their place.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And draw not forth all the mighty men by night, so that the people should go up instead of them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Prolong not the night that people may come up for them.

Darby Bible Translation
Desire not the night, when peoples are cut off from their place.

English Revised Version
Desire not the night, when peoples are cut off in their place.

Webster's Bible Translation
Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.

World English Bible
Don't desire the night, when people are cut off in their place.

Young's Literal Translation
Desire not the night, For the going up of peoples in their stead.
Study Bible
Elihu Declares God's Justice and Power
19Can your wealth or all your mighty effort keep you from distress? 20Do not long for the night, when people vanish from their homes. 21Be careful not to turn to iniquity, for this you have preferred to affliction.…
Cross References
Job 34:20
They die in a moment, and at midnight; the people convulse and pass away; the mighty are removed without human hand.

Job 34:25
Therefore, He recognizes their deeds; He overthrows them in the night and they are crushed.

Job 36:19
Can your wealth or all your mighty effort keep you from distress?

Treasury of Scripture

Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.

Desire

Job 3:20,21
Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul; …

Job 6:9
Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

Job 7:15
So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.

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Exodus 12:29
And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.

2 Kings 19:35
And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

Proverbs 14:32
The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.







Lexicon
Do not
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 408: Not

long for
תִּשְׁאַ֥ף (tiš·’ap̄)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7602: To inhale eagerly, to cover, to be angry, to hasten

the night,
הַלָּ֑יְלָה (hal·lā·yə·lāh)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3915: A twist, night, adversity

when people
עַמִּ֣ים (‘am·mîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

vanish
לַעֲל֖וֹת (la·‘ă·lō·wṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 5927: To ascend, in, actively

from their homes.
תַּחְתָּֽם׃ (taḥ·tām)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8478: The bottom, below, in lieu of
(20) Desire not the night--i.e., of death, as Job had done (Job 16:22; Job 17:13, &c., Job 19:27), or as, at all events, his words might be understood. For "people," read peoples: i.e., nations.

Verse 20. - Desire not the night, when people (rather, peoples) are cut off in their place. This is an allusion to Job's repeatedly expressed desire to be cut off at once, and laid in the grave (Job 6:9; Job 7:15; Job 14:13, etc.). Elihu holds that such a desire is wrongful. It certainly implies a want of complete resignation to the Divine will. 36:15-23 Elihu shows that Job caused the continuance of his own trouble. He cautions him not to persist in frowardness. Even good men need to be kept to their duty by the fear of God's wrath; the wisest and best have enough in them to deserve his stroke. Let not Job continue his unjust quarrel with God and his providence. And let us never dare to think favourably of sin, never indulge it, nor allow ourselves in it. Elihu thinks Job needed this caution, he having chosen rather to gratify his pride and humour by contending with God, than to mortify them by submitting, and accepting the punishment. It is absurd for us to think to teach Him who is himself the Fountain of light, truth, knowledge, and instruction. He teaches by the Bible, and that is the best book; teaches by his Son, and he is the best Master. He is just in all proceedings.
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