Job 3:16
New International Version
Or why was I not hidden away in the ground like a stillborn child, like an infant who never saw the light of day?

New Living Translation
Why wasn’t I buried like a stillborn child, like a baby who never lives to see the light?

English Standard Version
Or why was I not as a hidden stillborn child, as infants who never see the light?

Berean Study Bible
Or why was I not hidden like a stillborn child, like an infant who never sees daylight?

King James Bible
Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

New King James Version
Or why was I not hidden like a stillborn child, Like infants who never saw light?

New American Standard Bible
“Or like a miscarriage which is hidden, I would not exist, As infants that never saw light.

NASB 1995
"Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be, As infants that never saw light.

NASB 1977
“Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be, As infants that never saw light.

Amplified Bible
“Or like a miscarriage which is hidden and put away, I would not exist, Like infants who never saw light.

Christian Standard Bible
Or why was I not hidden like a miscarried child, like infants who never see daylight?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Or why was I not hidden like a miscarried child, like infants who never see daylight?

American Standard Version
Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, As infants that never saw light.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Or like a miscarriage buried where I had not been, and like embryos who did not see the light

Brenton Septuagint Translation
or I should have been as an untimely birth proceeding from his mother's womb, or as infants who never saw light.

Contemporary English Version
I wish I had been born dead and then buried, never to see the light of day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or as a hidden untimely birth I should not be, or as they that being conceived have not seen the light.

English Revised Version
Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

Good News Translation
or sleeping like a stillborn child.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I would be buried like a stillborn baby. I would not exist. I would be like infants who never saw the light.

International Standard Version
"Or why was I not buried like a stillborn child, like babies who never saw the light?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been; As infants that never saw light.

Literal Standard Version
(Or I am not as a hidden abortion, "" As infants—they have not seen light.)

NET Bible
Or why was I not buried like a stillborn infant, like infants who have never seen the light?

New Heart English Bible
or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, as infants who never saw light.

World English Bible
or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, as infants who never saw light.

Young's Literal Translation
(Or as a hidden abortion I am not, As infants -- they have not seen light.)

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Laments His Birth
15or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver. 16Or why was I not hidden like a stillborn child, like an infant who never sees daylight? 17There the wicked cease from raging, and there the weary find rest.…

Cross References
Job 3:15
or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver.

Job 3:17
There the wicked cease from raging, and there the weary find rest.

Psalm 58:8
Like a slug that dissolves in its slime, like a woman's stillborn child, may they never see the sun.

Ecclesiastes 6:3
A man may father a hundred children and live for many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he is unsatisfied with his prosperity and does not even receive a proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.


Treasury of Scripture

Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

an hidden.

Psalm 58:8
As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.

1 Corinthians 15:8
And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.









(16) Untimely birth.--Another condition which would have relieved him from the experience of suffering.

Verse 16. - Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light. This is added as another way in which Job might have escaped his misery. Though conceived and brought to the birth, he might have been still-born, and so have known no suffering.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Or
א֤וֹ (’ōw)
Conjunction
Strong's 176: Desire, if

why was
אֶהְיֶ֑ה (’eh·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

I not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

hidden
טָ֭מוּן (ṭā·mūn)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's 2934: To hide, conceal

like a stillborn child,
כְנֵ֣פֶל (ḵə·nê·p̄el)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5309: Something fallen, an abortion

like an infant
כְּ֝עֹלְלִ֗ים (kə·‘ō·lə·lîm)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 5768: A suckling

who never
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

sees
רָ֥אוּ (rā·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 7200: To see

daylight?
אֽוֹר׃ (’ō·wr)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 216: Illumination, luminary


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