Job 10:20
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New American Standard Bible
"Would He not let my few days alone? Withdraw from me that I may have a little cheer

King James Bible
Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,

Darby Bible Translation
Are not my days few? cease then and let me alone, that I may revive a little,

World English Bible
Aren't my days few? Cease then. Leave me alone, that I may find a little comfort,

Young's Literal Translation
Are not my days few? Cease then, and put from me, And I brighten up a little,

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Are not my days few? - My life is short, and hastens to a close. Let not then my afflictions be continued to the last moment of life, but let thine hand be removed, that I may enjoy some rest before I go hence, to return no more. This is an address to God, and the meaning is, that as life was necessarily so short, he asked to be permitted to enjoy some comfort before he should go to the land of darkness and of death; compare the note at Job 7:21. A somewhat similar expression occurs in Psalm 39:13 :

O spare me, that I may recover strength,

Before I go hence, and be no more.

Job 10:20 Parallel Commentaries

Whether God Works in Every Agent?
Objection 1: It would seem that God does not work in every agent. For we must not attribute any insufficiency to God. If therefore God works in every agent, He works sufficiently in each one. Hence it would be superfluous for the created agent to work at all. Objection 2: Further, the same work cannot proceed at the same time from two sources; as neither can one and the same movement belong to two movable things. Therefore if the creature's operation is from God operating in the creature, it cannot
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

That a Man Ought not to Reckon Himself Worthy of Consolation, but More Worthy of Chastisement
O Lord, I am not worthy of Thy consolation, nor of any spiritual visitation; and therefore Thou dealest justly with me, when Thou leavest me poor and desolate. For if I were able to pour forth tears like the sea, still should I not be worthy of Thy consolation. Therefore am I nothing worthy save to be scourged and punished, because I have grievously and many a time offended Thee, and in many things have greatly sinned. Therefore, true account being taken, I am not worthy even of the least of Thy
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

Cross References
Job 7:16
"I waste away; I will not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.

Job 7:19
"Will You never turn Your gaze away from me, Nor let me alone until I swallow my spittle?

Job 9:18
"He will not allow me to get my breath, But saturates me with bitterness.

Job 10:19
'I should have been as though I had not been, Carried from womb to tomb.'

Job 14:1
"Man, who is born of woman, Is short-lived and full of turmoil.

Psalm 39:13
"Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may smile again Before I depart and am no more."

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