New Living Translation
"Oh, why give light to those in misery, and life to those who are bitter?
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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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
3:20 Light - The light of life. Bitter - Unto those to whom life itself is bitter and burdensome. Life is called light, because it is pleasant and serviceable for walking and working; and this light is said to be given us, because it would be lost, if it were not daily renewed to us by a fresh gift.
LibraryWhether in the State of Innocence Children Would have Been Born Confirmed in Righteousness?
Objection 1: It would seem that in the state of innocence children would have been born confirmed in righteousness. For Gregory says (Moral. iv) on the words of Job 3:13: "For now I should have been asleep, etc.: If no sinful corruption had infected our first parent, he would not have begotten "children of hell"; no children would have been born of him but such as were destined to be saved by the Redeemer." Therefore all would have been born confirmed in righteousness. Objection 2: Further, Anselm …
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