Job 36:20
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English Standard Version
Do not long for the night, when peoples vanish in their place.

King James Bible
Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.

American Standard Version
Desire not the night, When peoples are cut off in their place.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Prolong not the night that people may come up for them.

English Revised Version
Desire not the night, when peoples are cut off in their place.

Webster's Bible Translation
Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

13 Yet the hypocrites in heart cherish wrath,

They cry not when He hath chained them.

14 Thus their soul dieth in the vigour of youth,

And their life is like that of the unclean.

15 Yet He delivereth the sufferer by his affliction,

And openeth their ear by oppression.

He who is angry with God in his affliction, and does not humbly pray to Him, shows thereby that he is a חנף, one estranged from God (on the idea of the root, vid., i. 216), and not a צדיק. This connection renders it natural to understand not the divine wrath by אף: θησαυρίζουσιν ὀργήν (Rosenm. after Romans 2:5), or: they heap up wrath upon themselves (Wolfson, who supplies עליהם), but the impatience, discontent, and murmuring of man himself: they cherish or harbour wrath, viz., בּלבּם (comp. Job 22:22, where שׁים בלב signifies to take to heart, but at the same time to preserve in the heart). Used thus absolutely, שׂים signifies elsewhere in the book, to give attention to, Job 4:20; Job 24:12; Job 34:23, or (as Arab. wḍ‛) to lay down a pledge; here it signifies reponunt s. recondunt (with an implied in ipsis), as also Arab. šâm, fut. i, to conceal with the idea of sinking into (immittentem), e.g., the sword in the sheath. With תּמת, for ותּמת (Isaiah 50:2) or ותמת, the punishment which issues forth undistinguished from this frustration of the divine purpose of grace follows ἀσυνδέτως, as e.g., Hosea 7:16. חיּה interchanges with נפשׁ, as Job 33:22, Job 33:28; נער (likewise a favourite word with Elihu) is intended just as Job 33:25, and in the Psalm 88:16, which resembles both the Elihu section and the rest of the book. The Beth of בּקּדשׁים has the sense of aeque ac (Targ. היך), as Job 34:36, comp. תּחת, Job 34:26. Jer. translates inter effeminatos; for קדשׁים (heathenish, equivalent to קדושׁים, as כּמרים, heathenish, equivalent to כּהנים) are the consecrated men, who yielded themselves up, like the women in honour of the deity, to passive, prematurely-enervating incontinence (vid., Keil on Deuteronomy 23:18), a heathenish abomination prevailing now and again even in Israel (1 Kings 14:24; 1 Kings 15:12; 1 Kings 22:47), which was connected with the worship of Astarte and Baal that was transferred from Syria, and to which allusion is here made, in accordance with the scene of the book. For the sufferer, on the other hand, who suffers not merely of necessity, but willingly, this his suffering is a means of rescue and moral purification. Observe the play upon the words יחלּץ and בּלחץ. The Beth in both instances is, in accordance with Elihu's fundamental thought, the Beth instrum.

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Desire

Job 3:20,21 Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul...

Job 6:9 Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

Job 7:15 So that my soul chooses strangling, and death rather than my life.

Job 14:13 O that you would hide me in the grave, that you would keep me secret, until your wrath be past, that you would appoint me a set time...

Job 17:13,14 If I wait, the grave is my house: I have made my bed in the darkness...

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Exodus 12:29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt...

2 Kings 19:35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out...

Proverbs 14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous has hope in his death.

Ecclesiastes 11:3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north...

Daniel 5:30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.

Luke 12:20 But God said to him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required of you: then whose shall those things be...

Acts 1:25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.

1 Thessalonians 5:2,3 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night...

Cross References
Job 34:20
In a moment they die; at midnight the people are shaken and pass away, and the mighty are taken away by no human hand.

Job 34:25
Thus, knowing their works, he overturns them in the night, and they are crushed.

Job 36:19
Will your cry for help avail to keep you from distress, or all the force of your strength?

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