New American Standard Bible
But I am not silenced by the darkness, Nor deep gloom which covers me.
King James Bible
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.
Darby Bible Translation
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he hidden the gloom from me.
World English Bible
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither did he cover the thick darkness from my face.
Young's Literal Translation
For I have not been cut off before darkness, And before me He covered thick darkness.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Because I was not cut off before the darkness - Before these calamities came upon me. Because I was not taken away in the midst of prosperity, and while I was enjoying his smiles and the proofs of his love. His trouble is, that he was spared to pass through these trials, and to be treated as if he were one of the worst of men. This is what now perplexes him, and what he cannot understand. He does not know why God had reserved him to treat him as if he were the chief of sinners.
Neither hath he covered the darkness from my face - The word "neither" is supplied here by our translators, but not improperly. The difficulty with Job was, that God had not "hidden" this darkness and calamity so that he had not seen it. He could not understand why, since he was his friend, God had not taken him away, so that all should have seen, even in his death, that he was the friend of God. This feeling is not, perhaps, very uncommon among those who are called to pass through trials. They do not understand why they were reserved to these sufferings, and why God did not take them away before the billows of calamity rolled over them.
LibrarySeptember 30 Morning
He knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.--JOB 23:10. He knoweth our frame.--He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men. The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore …
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'Why then have You brought me out of the womb? Would that I had died and no eye had seen me!
'I should have been as though I had not been, Carried from womb to tomb.'
"He has walled up my way so that I cannot pass, And He has put darkness on my paths.
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