New American Standard Bible
"Your life would be brighter than noonday; Darkness would be like the morning.
King James Bible
And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.
Darby Bible Translation
And life shall arise brighter than noonday; though thou be enshrouded in darkness, thou shalt be as the morning,
World English Bible
Life shall be clearer than the noonday. Though there is darkness, it shall be as the morning.
Young's Literal Translation
And above the noon doth age rise, Thou fliest -- as the morning thou art.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And thine age - Thy life. This does not mean old age, but the idea is, that his life would be cheerful and happy.
Clearer than the noon-day - Margin, "Arise above the noon-day." The margin is a literal rendering; but the sense is clear in the text. The idea is, that the remainder of his life would be bright as the sun if he would return to God.
Thou shalt shine forth - Or rather, "thou art now in darkness, but thou shalt be as the morning." The word used here - תעפה tā‛upâh is from עוּף ‛ûph, to cover - as with wings, to fly, to cover with darkness. In no instance does it mean to shine, or to be clear and bright; and why our translators attached that idea to it, it is now difficult to conjecture. The Chaldee and Syriac read the word as a noun, and render the passage, "and thy darkness shall be as the aurora." The Vulgate renders it, "and meridian splendor, as it were, shall arise upon thee at the evening." The Septuagint, "and thy prayer shall be like the morning star, and life shall rise upon thee from noon-day." The sense in the Hebrew is plain. He was then in darkness. Clouds and calamities were round about him, but if he would return to God, he would be permitted to enjoy a bright day of prosperity. Such a day would return to him like the morning after a long and gloomy night.
LibraryGod Incomprehensible and Sovereign.
1 Can creatures to perfection find  Th' eternal uncreated mind? Or can the largest stretch of thought Measure and search his nature out? 2 'Tis high as heaven, 'tis deep as hell, And what can mortals know or tell? His glory spreads beyond the sky, And all the shining worlds on high. 3 But man, vain man, would fain be wise, Born like a wild young colt he flies Thro' all the follies of his mind, And swells and snuffs the empty wind. 4 God is a King of power unknown, Firm are the orders of his throne; …
Isaac Watts—Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Whether Confidence Belongs to Magnanimity?
Divine Impartiality Considered.
Letter ix. Meditation.
"Then you would trust, because there is hope; And you would look around and rest securely.
"For then you will delight in the Almighty And lift up your face to God.
"You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; And light will shine on your ways.
When His lamp shone over my head, And by His light I walked through darkness;
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light And your judgment as the noonday.
Light arises in the darkness for the upright; He is gracious and compassionate and righteous.
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
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