Job 3:21
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New International Version
to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure,

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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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Which long for death - They look to it as the end of all their miseries; and long more for a separation from life, than those who love gold do for a rich mine.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

long. Heb. wait.

Numbers 11:15 And if you deal thus with me, kill me, I pray you, out of hand, if I have found favor in your sight...

1 Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree...

Jonah 4:3,8 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech you, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live...

Revelation 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

dig.

Proverbs 2:4 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;

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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
Revelation 9:6
During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.

Job 3:22
who are filled with gladness and rejoice when they reach the grave?

Proverbs 2:4
and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,

Jeremiah 8:3
Wherever I banish them, all the survivors of this evil nation will prefer death to life, declares the LORD Almighty.'

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