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3:1 After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.
3:2 And Job spake, and said, 3:3 Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.
3:4 Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.
3:5 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
3:6 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.
3:7 Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.
3:8 Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning.
3:9 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: 3:10 Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.
3:11 Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly? 3:12 Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck? 3:13 For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest, 3:14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, which build desolate places for themselves; 3:15 Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver: 3:16 Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.
3:17 There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest.
3:18 There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.
3:19 The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.
3:20 Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul; 3:21 Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures; 3:22 Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave? 3:23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in? 3:24 For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.
3:25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.
3:26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came.


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Everything King James Bible:Job
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Job
Book: Job
Chapter: 3

Overview:
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.

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