Job 17:12
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New International Version
turn night into day; in the face of the darkness light is near.

King James Bible
They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.

Darby Bible Translation
They change the night into day; the light [they imagine] near in presence of the darkness.

World English Bible
They change the night into day, saying 'The light is near' in the presence of darkness.

Young's Literal Translation
Night for day they appoint, Light is near because of darkness.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

They change the night into day - These purposes and thoughts are so very gloomy, that they change day into night.

The light is short because of darkness - אור קרוב מפני חשך or karob mippeney choshek, "The light is near from the face of darkness." I have scarcely any light: what is called light is so near akin to darkness, that it is scarcely severed from it. There is either no light, or merely such as is sufficient to render darkness visible. A fine picture of the state of his mind - he was generally in darkness; but had occasional gleams of hope.

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Job 7:3,4,13,14 So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me...

Job 24:14-16 The murderer rising with the light kills the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief...

Deuteronomy 28:67 In the morning you shall say, Would God it were even! and at even you shall say...

short. Heb. near

9Th Day. Persevering Grace.
"He is Faithful that Promised." "The righteous shall hold on his way."--JOB xvii. 9. Persevering Grace. Reader! how comforting to thee amid the ebbings and flowings of thy changing history, to know that the change is all with thee, and not with thy God! Thy spiritual bark may be tossed on waves of temptation, in many a dark midnight. Thou mayest think thy pilot hath left thee, and be ready continually to say, "Where is my God?" But fear not! The bark which bears thy spiritual destinies is in better
John Ross Macduff—The Faithful Promiser

Another Shorter Evening Prayer.
O eternal God and heavenly Father, if I were not taught and assured by the promises of thy gospel, and the examples of Peter, Mary Magdalene, the publican, the prodigal child, and many other penitent sinners, that thou art so full of compassion, and so ready to forgive the greatest sinners, who are heaviest laden with sin, at what time soever they return unto thee with penitent hearts, lamenting their sins, and imploring thy grace, I should despair for mine own sins, and be utterly discouraged from
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

Cross References
Job 17:11
My days have passed, my plans are shattered. Yet the desires of my heart

Job 17:13
If the only home I hope for is the grave, if I spread out my bed in the realm of darkness,

Isaiah 5:20
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

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