Job 3:21
New International Version
to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure,

New Living Translation
They long for death, and it won’t come. They search for death more eagerly than for hidden treasure.

English Standard Version
who long for death, but it comes not, and dig for it more than for hidden treasures,

Berean Study Bible
who long for death that does not come, and search for it like hidden treasure,

King James Bible
Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;

New King James Version
Who long for death, but it does not come, And search for it more than hidden treasures;

New American Standard Bible
Who long for death, but there is none, And dig for it more than for hidden treasures;

NASB 1995
Who long for death, but there is none, And dig for it more than for hidden treasures,

NASB 1977
Who long for death, but there is none, And dig for it more than for hidden treasures;

Amplified Bible
Who wait for death, but it does not come, And dig (search) for death more [diligently] than for hidden treasures,

Christian Standard Bible
who wait for death, but it does not come, and search for it more than for hidden treasure,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
who wait for death, but it does not come, and search for it more than for hidden treasure,

American Standard Version
Who long for death, but it cometh not, And dig for it more than for hid treasures;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who expect death, and it is not, and seek it like a treasure

Brenton Septuagint Translation
who desire death, and obtain it not, digging for it as for treasures;

Contemporary English Version
I keep longing for death more than I would seek a valuable treasure.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That look for death, and it cometh not, as they that dig for a treasure:

English Revised Version
Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;

Good News Translation
They wait for death, but it never comes; they prefer a grave to any treasure.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
to those who long for death but it never comes- though they dig for it more than for buried treasure?

International Standard Version
To those who are longing for death— even though it does not come? To those who search for it more than for hidden treasure?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who long for death, but it cometh not; And dig for it more than for hid treasures;

Literal Standard Version
Who are waiting for death, and it is not, And they seek it above hid treasures.

NET Bible
to those who wait for death that does not come, and search for it more than for hidden treasures,

New Heart English Bible
Who long for death, but it doesn't come; and dig for it more than for hidden treasures,

World English Bible
Who long for death, but it doesn't come; and dig for it more than for hidden treasures,

Young's Literal Translation
Who are waiting for death, and it is not, And they seek it above hid treasures.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Laments His Birth
20Why is light given to the miserable, and life to the bitter of soul, 21who long for death that does not come, and search for it like hidden treasure, 22who rejoice and greatly exult when they can find the grave?…

Cross References
Revelation 9:6
In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, but death will escape them.

Job 3:22
who rejoice and greatly exult when they can find the grave?

Proverbs 2:4
if you seek it like silver and search it out like hidden treasure,

Jeremiah 8:3
And wherever I have banished them, the remnant of this evil family will choose death over life," declares the LORD of Hosts.


Treasury of Scripture

Which long for death, but it comes not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;

long.

Numbers 11:15
And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.

1 Kings 19:4
But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

Jonah 4:3,8
Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live…

dig.

Proverbs 2:4
If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;









Verse 21. - Which long for death, but it cometh not; literally, which wait for death' anxiously and longingly (comp. Psalm 33:20). And dig for it more than for hid treasures; i.e. "seek it more earnestly than even they seek who dig for hid treasures." As Professor Lee remarks, "From the great instability of all Eastern governments, treasures were in Eastern countries often hid away" ('Book of Job,' pp. 200, 201). And hence treasure-seeking became a profession, which was pursued with avidity by a large number of persons. Even at the present day Orientals are so possessed with the idea, that they imagine every European, who is eager to unearth antiquities, must be seeking for buried treasure.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
who long
הַֽמְחַכִּ֣ים (ham·ḥak·kîm)
Article | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 2442: To adhere to, to await

for death
לַמָּ֣וֶת (lam·mā·weṯ)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4194: Death, the dead, their place, state, pestilence, ruin

that does not come,
וְאֵינֶ֑נּוּ (wə·’ê·nen·nū)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb | third person masculine singular
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

and search for it
וַֽ֝יַּחְפְּרֻ֗הוּ (way·yaḥ·pə·ru·hū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural | third person masculine singular
Strong's 2658: To pry into, to delve, to explore

like hidden treasure,
מִמַּטְמוֹנִֽים׃ (mim·maṭ·mō·w·nîm)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4301: A secret storehouse, a secreted valuable, money


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