New International Version
During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.
King James Bible
And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
Darby Bible Translation
And in those days shall men seek death, and shall in no way find it; and shall desire to die, and death flees from them.
World English Bible
In those days people will seek death, and will in no way find it. They will desire to die, and death will flee from them.
Young's Literal Translation
and in those days shall men seek the death, and they shall not find it, and they shall desire to die, and the death shall flee from them.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
In those days shall men seek death - So distressing shall be their sufferings and torment that they shall long for death in any form, to be rescued from the evils of life. There is a sentiment much like this in Maximianus, Eleg. i., ver. 111, commonly attributed to Cornelius Gallus: -
Nunc quia longa mihi gravis est et inutilis aetas,
Vivere cum nequeam, sit mihi posse mori?
O quam dura premit miseros conditio vitae!
Nec mors humano subjacet arbitrio.
Dulce mori miseris; sed mors optata recedit:
At cum tristis erit, praecipitata venit.
"Seeing that long life is both useless and burdensome When we can no longer live comfortably, shall we be permitted to die? O how hard is the condition on which we hold life! For death is not subjected to the will of man. To die is sweet to the wretched; but wished - for death flees away. Yet when it is not desired, it comes with the hastiest strides."
Job expresses the same sentiment, in the most plaintive manner: -
Why is light given to the miserable,
And life to the bitter of soul?
Who wait for death, but it is not;
And dig for it more than hid treasures.
They rejoice for it, and are glad,
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31. Another part of my smoke' which you frequently laugh at is my pretence, as you say, to know what I do not know, and the parade I make of great teachers to deceive the common and ignorant people. You, of course, are a man not of smoke but of flame, or rather of lightning; you fulminate when you speak; you cannot contain the flames which have been conceived within your mouth, and like Barchochebas, the leader of the revolt of the Jews, who used to hold in his mouth a lighted straw and blow it out …
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to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure,
so that I prefer strangling and death, rather than this body of mine.
Wherever I banish them, all the survivors of this evil nation will prefer death to life, declares the LORD Almighty.'
They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!
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