Job 3:23
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New International Version
Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?

King James Bible
Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?

Darby Bible Translation
To the man whose way is hidden, and whom +God hath hedged in?

World English Bible
Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?

Young's Literal Translation
To a man whose way hath been hidden, And whom God doth shut up?

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

To a man whose way is hid - Who knows not what is before him in either world, but is full of fears and trembling concerning both.

God hath hedged in? - Leaving him no way to escape; and not permitting him to see one step before him. There is an exact parallel to this passage in Lamentations 3:7, Lamentations 3:9 : He hath hedged me about that I cannot get out. He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone. Mr. Good translates the verse thus: To the man whose path is broken up, and whose futurity God hath overwhelmed. But I cannot see any necessity for departing from the common text, which gives both an easy and a natural sense.

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whose way.

Isaiah 40:27 Why say you, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?

hedged in.

Job 12:14 Behold, he breaks down, and it cannot be built again: he shuts up a man, and there can be no opening.

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

Psalm 31:8 And have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: you have set my feet in a large room.

Lamentations 3:7,9 He has hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he has made my chain heavy...

Hosea 2:6 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.

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

Job 19:6
then know that God has wronged me and drawn his net around me.

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

Psalm 88:8
You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape;

Lamentations 3:7
He has walled me in so I cannot escape; he has weighed me down with chains.

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