Job 5:14
New International Version
Darkness comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night.

New Living Translation
They find it is dark in the daytime, and they grope at noon as if it were night.

English Standard Version
They meet with darkness in the daytime and grope at noonday as in the night.

Berean Study Bible
They encounter darkness by day and grope at noon as in the night.

King James Bible
They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the night.

New King James Version
They meet with darkness in the daytime, And grope at noontime as in the night.

New American Standard Bible
“By day they meet with darkness, And grope at noon as in the night.

NASB 1995
"By day they meet with darkness, And grope at noon as in the night.

NASB 1977
“By day they meet with darkness, And grope at noon as in the night.

Amplified Bible
“In the daytime they meet in darkness, And at noon they grope as in the night.

Christian Standard Bible
They encounter darkness by day, and they grope at noon as if it were night.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They encounter darkness by day, and they grope at noon as if it were night.

American Standard Version
They meet with darkness in the day-time, And grope at noonday as in the night.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
By day they will grope as when in darkness, and they will grope at noonday as at night

Brenton Septuagint Translation
In the day darkness shall come upon them, and let them grope in the noon-day even as in the night:

Contemporary English Version
Darkness is their only companion, hiding their path at noon.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They shall meet with darkness in the day, and grope at noonday as in the night.

English Revised Version
They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope at noonday as in the night.

Good News Translation
even at noon they grope in darkness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In the daytime they meet darkness and grope in the sunlight as if it were night.

International Standard Version
They meet with darkness in broad daylight; at noonday they grope around as if it were night.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They meet with darkness in the day-time, And grope at noonday as in the night.

Literal Standard Version
By day they meet darkness, "" And as night—they grope at noon.

NET Bible
They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope about in the noontime as if it were night.

New Heart English Bible
They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope at noonday as in the night.

World English Bible
They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope at noonday as in the night.

Young's Literal Translation
By day they meet darkness, And as night -- they grope at noon.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Eliphaz Continues: God Blesses those who Seek Him
13He catches the wise in their craftiness, and sweeps away the plans of the cunning. 14They encounter darkness by day and grope at noon as in the night. 15He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth and from the clutches of the powerful.…

Cross References
Job 12:25
They grope in the darkness without light; He makes them stagger like drunkards.

Job 15:30
He will not escape from the darkness; the flame will wither his shoots, and the breath of God's mouth will carry him away.

Job 18:18
He is driven from light into darkness and is chased from the inhabited world.

Job 20:26
Total darkness is reserved for his treasures. A fire unfanned will consume him and devour what is left in his tent.

Job 22:11
it is so dark you cannot see, and a flood of water covers you.

Job 24:13
Then there are those who rebel against the light, not knowing its ways or staying on its paths.

Job 38:15
Light is withheld from the wicked, and their upraised arm is broken.

Isaiah 59:10
Like the blind, we feel our way along the wall, groping like those without eyes. We stumble at midday as in the twilight; among the vigorous we are like the dead.

Amos 8:9
And in that day, declares the Lord GOD, I will make the sun go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the daytime.


Treasury of Scripture

They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope in the noonday as in the night.

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Job 12:25
They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

Deuteronomy 28:29
And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee.

Proverbs 4:19
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.









(14) Darkness in the daytime.--This is possibly an allusion to the Egyptian plague of darkness "that may be felt" (Exodus 10:21), as the words used are similar. This may be a note of probable date. (Compare Isaiah 59:10, where the thoughts correspond, but the words differ.) This is one of the many passages of Job in which there seems to be an indication of some acquaintance with the events related in the Pentateuch, though the points of contact are too slight for us to be quite sure of it.

Verse 14. - They meet with darkness in the daytime (comp Deuteronomy 28:29 and Isaiah 59:10). The metaphor expresses the bewilderment of the crafty, when they find their schemes foiled, and all their subtlety of no avail. Suddenly their light goes out; they know not what to do, or which way to turn; "their way is hid" (Job 3:23); they are baffled, perplexed, confounded. And grope in the noonday as in the night (comp. Job 12:25). A variant form of the preceding hemistich.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
They encounter
יְפַגְּשׁוּ־ (yə·p̄ag·gə·šū-)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 6298: To come in contact with, to concur

darkness
חֹ֑שֶׁךְ (ḥō·šeḵ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2822: The dark, darkness, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness

by day
יוֹמָ֥ם (yō·w·mām)
Adverb
Strong's 3119: Daytime, by day

and grope
יְֽמַשְׁשׁ֥וּ (yə·maš·šū)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 4959: To feel of, to grope

at noon
בַֽצָּהֳרָֽיִם׃ (ḇaṣ·ṣā·ho·rā·yim)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 6672: A light, double light, noon

as in the night.
וְ֝כַלַּ֗יְלָה (wə·ḵal·lay·lāh)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3915: A twist, night, adversity


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