New International Version
When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him.
King James Bible
On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:
Darby Bible Translation
On the left hand, where he doth work, but I behold [him] not; he hideth himself on the right hand, and I see [him] not.
World English Bible
He works to the north, but I can't see him. He turns south, but I can't catch a glimpse of him.
Young's Literal Translation
To the left in His working -- and I see not, He is covered on the right, and I behold not.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
On the left hand, where he doth work - In these two verses Job mentions the four cardinal points of the heavens: the East, by the word קדם kedem, which signifies before; the West, by אחור achor, which signifies after, or the back part; the North, by שמאל semol, which signifies the left; and the South, by ימין yamin, which signifies the right. Such is the situation of the world to a man who faces the east; see Genesis 13:9, Genesis 13:11; Genesis 28:14. And from this it appears that the Hebrews, Idumeans, and Arabs had the same ideas of these points of the heavens. It is worthy of remark that Job says, He hideth himself on the right hand, (the south), that I cannot see him: for in fact, the southern point of heaven is not visible in Idumea, where Job was. Hence it comes that when he spake before, Job 9:9, of the constellations of the antarctic pole, he terms them the hidden chambers of the south; i.e., those compartments of the celestial concave that never appeared above the horizon in that place - See Calmet.
Mr. Good translates these verses as follows: -
Behold! I go forward, and he is not there;
And backward, but I cannot perceive him.
On the left hand I feel for him, but trace him not:
He enshroudeth the right hand, and I cannot see him.
The simple rendering of Coverdale is nervous and correct: -
For though I go before, I fynde hym not:
Yf I come behynde, I can get no knowledge of him:
Yf I go on the left syde to pondre his workes,
I cannot atteyne unto them:
Agayne, yf I go on the right syde, he hydeth himself,
That I cannot se him.
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Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.--PSA. 61:2. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path.--He knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.--Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.--Thou …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
November 24 Evening
Of the Decrees of God.
Some Scriptures for Daily Practise.
When he passes me, I cannot see him; when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.
"But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him.
But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.
How much less, then, will he listen when you say that you do not see him, that your case is before him and you must wait for him,
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