New American Standard Bible
"Behold, let that night be barren; Let no joyful shout enter it.
King James Bible
Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.
Darby Bible Translation
Behold, let that night be barren; let no joyful sound come therein;
World English Bible
Behold, let that night be barren. Let no joyful voice come therein.
Young's Literal Translation
Lo! that night -- let it be gloomy, Let no singing come into it.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Lo, let that night be solitary - Dr. Good, "O! that night! Let it be a barren rock!" Noyes, "O let that night be unfruitful!" Herder, "Let that night be set apart by itself." The Hebrew word used here גלמוּד galmûd means properly "hard;" then sterile, barren, as of a hard and rocky soil. It does not mean properly solitary, but that which is unproductive and unfruitful. It is used of a woman who is barren, Isaiah 49:21, and also of that which is lean, famished, emaciated with hunger; Job 15:34; Job 30:3. According to this it means that that should be a night in which none would be born - a night of loneliness and desolation. According to Jerome, it means that the night should be solitary, lonely, and gloomy; a night in which no one would venture forth to make a journey, and in which none would come together to rejoice. Thus interpreted the night would resemble that which is so beautifully describe by Virgil, Aeneid vi. 268:
Ibant obscuri sola sub nocte per umbras,
Perque domos Ditis vacuas et inania regna.
It is probable, however, that the former is the correct interpretation.
Let no joyful voice come therein - Let there be no sound of praise and rejoicing. The Chaldee paraphrases this," Let not the crowing of a cock be heard in it." The sense of the whole is, that Job wished that night to be wholly desolate. He wished there might be no assembling for amusement, congratulation, or praise, no marriage festivals, and no rejoicing at the birth of children; he would have it as noiseless, solitary, and sad, as if all animals and human beings were dead, and no voice were heard. It was a night hateful to him, and he would have it in no way remembered.
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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Meditations for the Morning.
"As for that night, let darkness seize it; Let it not rejoice among the days of the year; Let it not come into the number of the months.
"Let those curse it who curse the day, Who are prepared to rouse Leviathan.
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