Job 3:11
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New International Version
"Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb?

King James Bible
Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore did I not die from the womb, -- come forth from the belly and expire?

World English Bible
"Why didn't I die from the womb? Why didn't I give up the spirit when my mother bore me?

Young's Literal Translation
Why from the womb do I not die? From the belly I have come forth and gasp!

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Why died I not from the womb - As the other circumstance did not take place, why was I not still-born, without the possibility of reviviscence? or, as this did not occur, why did I not die as soon as born? These three things appear to me to be clearly intended here: -

1. Dying in the womb, or never coming to maturity, as in the case of an abortion.

2. Being still-born, without ever being able to breathe.

3. Or, if born alive, dying within a short time after. And to these states he seems to refer in the following verses.

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died I.

Psalm 58:8 As a snail which melts, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.

Jeremiah 15:10 Woe is me, my mother, that you have borne me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither lent on usury...

Hosea 9:14 Give them, O LORD: what will you give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

when I came.

Psalm 22:9,10 But you are he that took me out of the womb: you did make me hope when I was on my mother's breasts...

Psalm 71:6 By you have I been held up from the womb: you are he that took me out of my mother's bowels: my praise shall be continually of you.

Psalm 139:13-16 For you have possessed my reins: you have covered me in my mother's womb...

Isaiah 46:3 Listen to me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly...

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There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.--HEB. 4:9. There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; they . . . rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. Our friend Lazarus sleepeth . . . Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. We that are in this tabernacle do groan,
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

A Prayer when one Begins to be Sick.
O most righteous Judge, yet in Jesus Christ my gracious Father! I, wretched sinner, do here return unto thee, though driven with pain and sickness, like the prodigal child with want and hunger. I acknowledge that this sickness and pain comes not by blind chance or fortune, but by thy divine providence and special appointment. It is the stroke of thy heavy hand, which my sins have justly deserved; and the things that I feared are now fallen upon me (Job iii. 25.) Yet do I well perceive that in wrath
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

The Rich Sinner Dying. Psa. 49:6,9; Eccl. 8:8; Job 3:14,15.
The rich sinner dying. Psa. 49:6,9; Eccl. 8:8; Job 3:14,15. In vain the wealthy mortals toil, And heap their shining dust in vain, Look down and scorn the humble poor, And boast their lofty hills of gain. Their golden cordials cannot ease Their pained hearts or aching heads, Nor fright nor bribe approaching death From glitt'ring roofs and downy beds. The ling'ring, the unwilling soul The dismal summons must obey, And bid a long, a sad farewell To the pale lump of lifeless clay. Thence they are
Isaac Watts—The Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts

The Poetical Books (Including Also Ecclesiastes and Canticles).
1. The Hebrews reckon but three books as poetical, namely: Job, Psalms, and Proverbs, which are distinguished from the rest by a stricter rhythm--the rhythm not of feet, but of clauses (see below, No. 3)--and a peculiar system of accentuation. It is obvious to every reader that the poetry of the Old Testament, in the usual sense of the word, is not restricted to these three books. But they are called poetical in a special and technical sense. In any natural classification of the books of the
E. P. Barrows—Companion to the Bible

Cross References
Job 3:10
for it did not shut the doors of the womb on me to hide trouble from my eyes.

Job 3:12
Why were there knees to receive me and breasts that I might be nursed?

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!

Ecclesiastes 4:2
And I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive.

Ecclesiastes 4:3
But better than both is the one who has never been born, who has not seen the evil that is done under the sun.

Jeremiah 20:17
For he did not kill me in the womb, with my mother as my grave, her womb enlarged forever.

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