Job 3:20
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New International Version
"Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of soul,

King James Bible
Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore is light given to him that is in trouble, and life to those bitter of soul,

World English Bible
"Why is light given to him who is in misery, life to the bitter in soul,

Young's Literal Translation
Why giveth He to the miserable light, and life to the bitter soul?

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Wherefore is light given - Why is life granted to him who is incapable of enjoying it, or of performing its functions?

Job 3:20-22.

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

Job 7:15,16 So that my soul chooses strangling, and death rather than my life...

Jeremiah 20:18 Why came I forth out of the womb to see labor and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?


Job 3:16 Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.

Job 33:28,30 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light...

the bitter.

Job 7:15,16 So that my soul chooses strangling, and death rather than my life...

1 Samuel 1:10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the LORD, and wept sore.

2 Kings 4:27 And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away...

Proverbs 31:6 Give strong drink to him that is ready to perish, and wine to those that be of heavy hearts.

March 2 Evening
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 3:19
The small and the great are there, and the slaves are freed from their owners.

Proverbs 31:6
Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish!

Jeremiah 20:18
Why did I ever come out of the womb to see trouble and sorrow and to end my days in shame?

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