Job 3:23
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English Standard Version
Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?

King James Bible
Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?

American Standard Version
Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, And whom God hath hedged in?

Douay-Rheims Bible
To a man whose way is hidden, and God hath surrounded him with darkness?

English Revised Version
Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?

Webster's Bible Translation
Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?

Job 3:23 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

17 There the wicked cease from troubling,

And the weary are at rest.

18 The captives dwell together in tranquillity;

They hear not the voice of the taskmaster.

19 The small and great, - they are alike there;

And the servant is free from his lord.

There, i.e., in the grave, all enjoy the rest they could not find here: the troublers and the troubled ones alike. רגן corresponds to the radical idea of looseness, broken in pieces, want of restraint, therefore of Turba (comp. Isaiah 57:20; Jeremiah 6:7), contained etymologically in רשׁע. The Pilel שׁאנן vid., Ges. 55, 2) signifies perfect freedom from care. In הוּא שׁם, הוּא is more than the sign of the copula (Hirz., Hahn, Schlottm.); the rendering of the lxx, Vulg., and Luther., ibi sunt, is too feeble. As it is said of God, Isaiah 41:4; Isaiah 43:13; Psalm 102:28, that He is הוּא, i.e., He who is always the same, ὁ αὐτός; so here, הוּא, used purposely instead of המּה, signifies that great and small are like one another in the grave: all distinction has ceased, it has sunk to the equality of their present lot. Correctly Ewald: Great and small are there the same. יחד, Job 3:18, refers to this destiny which brings them together.

Job 3:23 Parallel Commentaries

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whose way.

Isaiah 40:27 Why say you, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?

hedged in.

Job 12:14 Behold, he breaks down, and it cannot be built again: he shuts up a man, and there can be no opening.

Job 19:8 He has fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he has set darkness in my paths.

Psalm 31:8 And have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: you have set my feet in a large room.

Lamentations 3:7,9 He has hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he has made my chain heavy...

Hosea 2:6 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.

Cross References
Job 3:22
who rejoice exceedingly and are glad when they find the grave?

Job 19:6
know then that God has put me in the wrong and closed his net about me.

Job 19:8
He has walled up my way, so that I cannot pass, and he has set darkness upon my paths.

Psalm 88:8
You have caused my companions to shun me; you have made me a horror to them. I am shut in so that I cannot escape;

Lamentations 3:7
He has walled me about so that I cannot escape; he has made my chains heavy;

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