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1 After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.

2 And Job spake, and said,

3 Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.

4 Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.

5 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.

6 As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.

7 Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.

8 Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.

9 Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day:

10 Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.

11 Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?

12 Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?

13 For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,

14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves;

15 Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:

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

17 There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.

18 There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.

19 The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.

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

21 Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;

22 Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?

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

24 For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.

25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.

26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.

 


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Matthew Henry's Job Chapter 3 Bible commentary...



Job complains that he was born. (1-10) Job complaining. (11-19) He complains of his life. (20-26)1-10 For seven days Job's friends sat by him in silence, without offering consolidation: at the same time Satan assaulted his mind to shake his confidence, and to fill him with hard thoughts of God. The permission seems to have extended to this, as well as to torturing the body. Job was an especial type of Christ, whose inward sufferings, both in the garden and on the cross, were the most dreadful; and arose in a great degree from the assaults of Satan in that hour of darkness. These inward trials show the reason of the change that took place in Job's conduct, from entire submission to the will of God, to the impatience which appears here, and in other parts of the book. The believer, who knows that a few drops of this bitter cup are more dreadful than the sharpest outward afflictions, while he is favoured with a sweet sense of the love and presence of God, will not be surprised to find that Job proved a man of like passions with others; but will rejoice that Satan was disappointed, and could not prove him a hypocrite; for though he cursed the day of his birth, he did not curse his God. Job doubtless was afterwards ashamed of these wishes, and we may suppose what must be his judgment of them now he is in everlasting happiness.

11-19 Job complained of those present at his birth, for their tender attention to him. No creature comes into the world so helpless as man. God's power and providence upheld our frail lives, and his pity and patience spared our forfeited lives. Natural affection is put into parents' hearts by God. To desire to die that we may be with Christ, that we may be free from sin, is the effect and evidence of grace; but to desire to die, only that we may be delivered from the troubles of this life, savours of corruption. It is our wisdom and duty to make the best of that which is, be it living or dying; and so to live to the Lord, and die to the Lord, as in both to be his, #Ro 14:8|. Observe how Job describes the repose of the grave; There the wicked cease from troubling. When persecutors die, they can no longer persecute. There the weary are at rest: in the grave they rest from all their labours. And a rest from sin, temptation, conflict, sorrows, and labours, remains in the presence and enjoyment of God. There believers rest in Jesus, nay, as far as we trust in the Lord Jesus and obey him, we here find rest to our souls, though in the world we have tribulation.

20-26 Job was like a man who had lost his way, and had no prospect of escape, or hope of better times. But surely he was in an ill frame for death when so unwilling to live. Let it be our constant care to get ready for another world, and then leave it to God to order our removal thither as he thinks fit. Grace teaches us in the midst of life's greatest comforts, to be willing to die, and in the midst of its greatest crosses, to be willing to live. Job's way was hid; he knew not wherefore God contended with him. The afflicted and tempted Christian knows something of this heaviness; when he has been looking too much at the things that are seen, some chastisement of his heavenly Father will give him a taste of this disgust of life, and a glance at these dark regions of despair. Nor is there any help until God shall restore to him the joys of his salvation. Blessed be God, the earth is full of his goodness, though full of man's wickedness. This life may be made tolerable if we attend to our duty. We look for eternal mercy, if willing to receive Christ as our Saviour.

 


Recent Comments for Job Chapter 3...

 


Lisa keith's Job Chapter 3 comment on 3/17/2014, 9:31am...

MY UNDERSTANDING OF JOB HE WAS LEANING TOWARDS HIS OWN UNDERSTANDING GOING ON WITH HIS EMOTIONS AND ALLOW THAT TO MAKE HIM MISERABLE NOT TRUSTING IN GOD FOR THAT MOMENT BEING IN THE FLESH SATAN PLAYED HIS PART IN TRYING TO GET HIM TO GIVE UP ON GOD BUT GOD

 


MELINDA HODGE's Job Chapter 3 comment on 2/10/2014, 11:03pm...

JOB FEARED OUR LORD PUT ALL HIS FAITH UNTO HIM NO MATER WHAT YOUR GOING THROUGH THE GOOD LORD HAS YOUR BACK BELIEVE YOU SHALL RECEIVE

 


Linda's Job Chapter 3 comment on 1/18/2014, 9:47am...

Job believed in The Lord. My understanding of chapter 3 is he remained humble after all he had to endure.

 


Thatayaone Gaonakala's Job Chapter 3 comment on 8/05/2013, 9:19am...

The most to way of showing faith and covenant with God the Almighty. Faith of the highest level in God and utmost trust. This was perfect faith of a man who did not believe in God for personal gain, blessing and favour but faith of the man who had given his whole life selflessly to the most high in sickness, death and pain.In happinesses and aboundance. This is true faith which can get you out of sny psin, harm or bondage no matter how hard the going gets.

 


Mamie's Job Chapter 3 comment on 4/01/2013, 8:51pm...

It just shows you that persecution happens to all at some point. A person need to be grounded in the word and have a personal relationship with the Lord for things to be in their favor. I like the fact that Job sowed for his entire family. As someone already mentioned about faith being the opposite of fear, we can't let fear reign. We must not be afraid of what might happen. We take things out of God's hands when fear take over. We have to have a peace relying on God totally and know that everything will work out for them that love the Lord. Peace brings a confidence that everything is going to be alright, because the Lord got your back.

 


LAMECK's Job Chapter 3 comment on 3/13/2013, 6:44am...

What you fear is what will come upon you. I didn't know that! Job 3:25 has opened my thoughts that it is good to have great faith for what you have faith, for now is what will come upon you. As fear is the opposite of faith; let us have great faith like Job who believed God beyond all points of doubt and unbelief. Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for and things not seen. At the beginning of the sentence there is a command word of "NOW", not tomorrow, not the next moment, but now.

 


Amegbor Simon is my name thanks's Job Chapter 3 comment about verse 16 on 12/25/2012, 8:48pm...

Job was a great man of deep faith beyond human understanding.

 


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1.  During his troubles, what did Job wish for most of all?


A doctor to cure him.
To be dead so he could be in peace.
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