New American Standard Bible
Who long for death, but there is none, And dig for it more than for hidden treasures,
King James Bible
Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;
Darby Bible Translation
Who long for death, and it cometh not, 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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Which long for death - Whose pain and anguish are so great that they would regard it as a privilege to die. Much as people dread death, and much as they have occasion to dread what is beyond, yet there is no doubt that this often occurs. Pain becomes so intense, and suffering is so protracted, that they would regard it as a privilege to be permitted to die. Yet that sorrow "must" be intense which prompts to this wish, and usually must be long continued. In ordinary cases such is the love of life, and such the dread of death and of what is beyond, that people are willing to bear all that human nature can endure rather than meet death; see the notes at Job 2:4. This idea has been expressed with unsurpassed beauty by Shakespeare:
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely
The pangs of despised love. the law's delay,
The insolence of office. and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When be himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death -
The undiscovered country, from whose bourne
No traveler returns-puzzles the will;
And makes us rather bear those ills we have,
Than fly to others that we know not of.
LibraryThe Sorrowful Man's Question
"Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?"--Job 3:23. I AM VERY THANKFUL that so many of you are glad and happy. There is none too much joy in the world, and the more that any of us can create, the better. It should be a part of our happiness, and a man part of it, to try to make other people glad. "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people," is a commission which many of us ought to feel is entrusted to us. If your own cup of joy is full, let it run over to others who …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 46: 1900
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And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them.
Who rejoice greatly, And exult when they find the grave?
If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures;
"And death will be chosen rather than life by all the remnant that remains of this evil family, that remains in all the places to which I have driven them," declares the LORD of hosts.
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