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Job 3:16

    Job 3:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, As infants that never saw light.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Or as a child dead at birth I might never have come into existence; like young children who have not seen the light.

    Webster's Revision

    Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, As infants that never saw light.

    World English Bible

    or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, as infants who never saw light.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 3:16

    Or as a hidden untimely birth - An early miscarriage, which was scarcely perceptible by the parent herself; and in this case he had not been - he had never had the distinguishable form of a human being, whether male or female.

    As infants - Little ones; those farther advanced in maturity, but miscarried long before the time of birth.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 3:16

    Or as an hidden untimely birth - As an abortion which is hid, or concealed; that is, which is soon removed from the sight. So the Psalmist, Psalm 58:8 :

    As a snail which melteth, let thom dissolve;

    As the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.

    Septuagint ἔκτρωμα ektrōma, the same word which is used by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:8, with reference to himself; see the notes at that place.

    I had not been - I should have perished; I should not have been a man, as I now am, subject to calamity. The meaning is, that he would have been taken away and concealed, as such an untimely birth is, and that he would never have been numbered among the living and the suffering.

    As infants which never saw light - Job expresses here no opinion of their future condition, or on the question whether such infants had immortal souls. He is simply saying that his lot would have been as theirs was, and that he would have been saved from the sorrows which he now experienced.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 3:16

    3:16 Hidden - Undiscerned and unregarded. Born before the due time. Been - In the land of the living.
    Book: Job