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Job 35:10

    Job 35:10 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But none said, Where is God my maker, who gives songs in the night;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But none saith, Where is God my Maker, Who giveth songs in the night,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But no one has said, Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night;

    Webster's Revision

    But none saith, Where is God my Maker, Who giveth songs in the night,

    World English Bible

    But none says, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But none saith, Where is God my Maker, who giveth songs in the night;

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 35:10

    Where is God my Maker - They have no just apprehension of his being; they do not consider themselves his creatures, or that he who created them still preserves them, and would make them happy if they would pray unto him.

    Who giveth songs in the night - This is variously translated.

    "Before whom the high angels give praise in the night." - Chaldee.

    "Who sets the night-watches." - Septuagint.

    "Gives meditations in the night." - Syriac and Arabic.

    "And that shyneth upon us that we might prayse him in the night." - Coverdale.

    A holy soul has continual communion with God: night and day its happiness is great; and God, from whom it comes, is the continual subject of its songs of praise.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 35:10

    But none saith - That is, none of the oppressed and down-trodden say. This is the solution which Elihu gives of what appeared so mysterious to Job, and of what Elihu regarded as the source of the bitter complaints of Job. The solution is, that when people are oppressed they do not apply to God with a proper spirit, and look to him that they may find relief. It was a principle with Elihu, that if when a man was afflicted he would apply to God with a humble and penitent heart, he would hear him, and would withdraw his hand; see this principle fully stated in Job 33:19-26. This Elihu now says, was not done by the oppressed, and this, according to him, is the reason why the hand of God is still upon them.

    Where is God my Maker - That is, they do not appeal to God for relief. They do not inquire for him who alone can help them. This is the reason why they are not relieved.

    Who giveth songs in the night - Night, in the Scriptures, is an emblem of sin, ignorance, and calamity. Here "calamity" is particularly referred to; and the idea is, that God can give joy, or impart consolation, in the darkest season of trial. He can impart such views of himself and his government as to cause the afflicted even to rejoice in his dealings; he can raise the song of praise even when all external things are gloomy and sad; compare Acts 16:25. There is great beauty in this expression. It has been verified in thousands of instances where the afflicted have looked up through tears to God, and their mourning has been turned into joy. Especially is it true under the gospel, that in the day of darkness and calamity, God puts into the mouth the language of praise, and fills the heart with thanksgiving. No one who has sought comfort in affliction with a right spirit has found it withheld, and all the sad and sorrowful may come to God with the assurance that he can put songs of praise into their lips in the night of calamity; compare Psalm 126:1-2.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 35:10

    35:10 None - Few or none of the great numbers of oppressed persons. God - They cry out to men, but they seek not God, and therefore if God do not hear their cries it is not unjust. Maker - Who alone made me, and who only can deliver me. Who when our condition is ever so dark and sad, can turn our darkness into light, can quickly put a new song in our mouth, a thanksgiving unto our God.
    Book: Job