New American Standard Bible
"Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be, As infants that never saw light.
King James Bible
Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.
Darby Bible Translation
Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants that have not seen the light.
World English Bible
or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, as infants who never saw light.
Young's Literal Translation
(Or as a hidden abortion I am not, As infants -- they have not seen light.)
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Or as an hidden untimely birth - As an abortion which is hid, or concealed; that is, which is soon removed from the sight. So the Psalmist, Psalm 58:8 :
As a snail which melteth, let thom dissolve;
As the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
Septuagint ἔκτρωμα ektrōma, the same word which is used by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:8, with reference to himself; see the notes at that place.
I had not been - I should have perished; I should not have been a man, as I now am, subject to calamity. The meaning is, that he would have been taken away and concealed, as such an untimely birth is, and that he would never have been numbered among the living and the suffering.
As infants which never saw light - Job expresses here no opinion of their future condition, or on the question whether such infants had immortal souls. He is simply saying that his lot would have been as theirs was, and that he would have been saved from the sorrows which he now experienced.
LibraryThe Sorrowful Man's Question
"Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?"--Job 3:23. I AM VERY THANKFUL that so many of you are glad and happy. There is none too much joy in the world, and the more that any of us can create, the better. It should be a part of our happiness, and a man part of it, to try to make other people glad. "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people," is a commission which many of us ought to feel is entrusted to us. If your own cup of joy is full, let it run over to others who …
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Or with princes who had gold, Who were filling their houses with silver.
"There the wicked cease from raging, And there the weary are at rest.
Let them be as a snail which melts away as it goes along, Like the miscarriages of a woman which never see the sun.
If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, however many they be, but his soul is not satisfied with good things and he does not even have a proper burial, then I say, "Better the miscarriage than he,
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