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Job 3:20

    Job 3:20 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, And life unto the bitter in soul;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Why does he give light to him who is in trouble, and life to the bitter in soul;

    Webster's Revision

    Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, And life unto the bitter in soul;

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Definitions for Job 3:20

    Wherefore - Why?; for what reason?; for what cause?

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 3:20

    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.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 3:20

    Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery? - The word "light" here is used undoubtedly to denote "life." This verse commences a new part of Job's complaint. It is that God keeps people alive who would prefer to die; that he furnishes them with the means of sustaining existence, and actually preserves them, when they would consider it an inestimable blessing to expire. Schultens remarks, on this part of the chapter, that the tone of Job's complaint is considerably modified. He has given vent to his strong feelings, and the language here is more mild and gentle. Still it implies a reflection on God. It is not the language of humble submission. It contains an implied charge of cruelty and injustice; and it laid the foundation for some of the just reproofs which follow.

    And life unto the bitter in soul - Who are suffering bitter grief. We use the word "bitter" yet to denote great grief and pain.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 3:20

    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.
    Book: Job