Job 23:17
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New International Version
Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.

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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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Because I was not cut off - "O, why can I not draw darkness over my face? Why may not thick darkness cover my face?" Mr. Good. This verse should be read in connection with the preceding; and then we shall have the following sense.

Job 23:16 : "The Lord hath beaten down my strength, and my soul has been terrified by his fear."

Job 23:17 : "For it is not this deep night in which I am enveloped, nor the evils which I suffer, that have overwhelmed me; I sink only through the fear which the presence of his Majesty inspires. This is my greatest affliction; sufferings, diseases, yea, death itself, are nothing in comparison of the terror which my soul feels in the presence of his tremendous holiness and justice."

Nothing can humble a pious mind so much as Scriptural apprehensions of the majesty of God. It is easy to contemplate his goodness, loving-kindness, and mercy; in all these we have an interest, and from them we expect the greatest good: but to consider his holiness and justice, the infinite righteousness of his nature, under the conviction that we have sinned, and broken the laws prescribed by his sovereign Majesty, and to feel ourselves brought as into the presence of his judgment-seat, - who can bear the thought? If cherubim and seraphim veil their faces before his throne, and the holiest soul exclaims,

I loathe myself when God Isee,

And into nothing fall;

what must a sinner feel, whose conscience is not yet purged from dead works and who feels the wrath of God abiding on him? And how without such a mediator and sacrifice as Jesus Christ is, can any human spirit come into the presence of its Judge? Those who can approach him without terror, know little of his justice and nothing of their sin. When we approach him in prayer, or in any ordinance, should we not feel more reverence than we generally do?

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

cut off

Job 6:9 Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

2 Kings 22:20 Behold therefore, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered into your grave in peace...

Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perishes, and no man lays it to heart: and merciful men are taken away...

the darkness from

Job 15:22 He believes not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword.

Job 18:6,18 The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him...

Job 19:8 He has fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he has set darkness in my paths.

Job 22:11 Or darkness, that you can not see; and abundance of waters cover you.

April 4 Evening
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.--PSA. 61:2. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path.--He knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.--Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.--Thou
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

November 24 Evening
What doest thou here, Elijah?--I KGS. 19:9. He knoweth the way that I take.--O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting, and mine uprising; thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path, and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

Of the Decrees of God.
Eph. i. 11.--"Who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will."--Job xxiii. 13. "He is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth." Having spoken something before of God, in his nature and being and properties, we come, in the next place, to consider his glorious majesty, as he stands in some nearer relation to his creatures, the work of his hands. For we must conceive the first rise of all things in the world to be in this self-being, the first conception
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Some Scriptures for Daily Practise.
If we seek God earnestly in the prayer of faith to help us in our daily practise of the following Scriptural texts and then put forth our best efforts, we shall find life daily growing more holy and beautiful. The beauty and enjoyment of a holy life is that it can always be improved upon. We can live in all the light that shines upon us from these texts today, but tomorrow we find them shining a little brighter and fuller light, so that we shall have to live a little more holy than we are living
C. E. Orr—How to Live a Holy Life

Cross References
Job 10:18
"Why then did you bring me out of the womb? I wish I had died before any eye saw me.

Job 10:19
If only I had never come into being, or had been carried straight from the womb to the grave!

Job 19:8
He has blocked my way so I cannot pass; he has shrouded my paths in darkness.

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