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Job Chapter 3

Job 3:1
3:1 After this opened {a} Job his mouth, and {b} cursed his day.

    (a) The seven days ended, Job 2:13.
    (b) Here Job begins to feel his great imperfection in this
        battle between the spirit and the flesh, Romans 7:18
        and after a manner yields yet in the end he gets victory
        though he was in the mean time greatly wounded.

Job 3:3
3:3 Let the day {c} perish wherein I was born, and the night [in
    which] it was said, There is a man child conceived.

    (c) Men should not be weary of their life and curse it,
        because of the infinities that it is subject to, but
        because they are given to sin and rebellion against God.

Job 3:4
3:4 Let that day be darkness; let not God {d} regard it from
    above, neither let the light shine upon it.

    (d) Let it be put out of the number of days, and let it not
        have the sight of the sun to separate it from the night.

Job 3:5
3:5 Let darkness and the {e} shadow of death stain it; let a
    cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify
    it.

    (e) That is, most obscure darkness, which makes them afraid
        of death that they are in it.

Job 3:8
3:8 Let them curse it that curse the day, who are {f} ready to
    raise up their mourning.

    (f) Who curse the day of their birth, let them lay that
        curse on this night.

Job 3:9
3:9 Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look
    for light, but [have] none; neither let it {g} see the
    dawning of the day:

    (g) Let it be always night, and never see day.

Job 3:11
3:11 {h} Why died I not from the womb? [why] did I [not] give up
     the ghost when I came out of the belly?

     (h) This, and that which follows declares, that when man
         gives place to his passions, he is not able to stay or
         keep measure, but runs headlong into all evil unless
         God calls him back.

Job 3:13
3:13 For now should I have {i} lain still and been quiet, I
     should have slept: then had I been at rest,

     (i) The vehemency of his afflictions made him utter these
         words as though death was the end of all miseries, and
         as if there were no life after this, which he speaks
         not as though it were so, but the infirmities of his
         flesh caused him to break out in this error of the
         wicked.

Job 3:14
3:14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, which built {k}
     desolate places for themselves;

     (k) He notes the ambition of them who for their pleasure as
         it were change the order of nature, and build in most
         barren places, because they would by this make their
         names immortal.

Job 3:17
3:17 There the wicked {l} cease [from] troubling; and there the
     weary be at rest.

     (l) That is, by death the cruelty of the tyrants has
         ceased.

Job 3:18
3:18 [There] the {m} prisoners rest together; they hear not the
     voice of the oppressor.

     (m) All they who sustain any kind of calamity and misery in
         this world: which he speaks after the judgment of the
         flesh.

Job 3:20
3:20 Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and {n}
     life unto the bitter [in] soul;

     (n) He shows that the benefits of God are not comfortable,
         unless the heart is joyful, and the conscience quieted.

Job 3:23
3:23 [Why is light given] to a man whose way is {o} hid, and
     whom God hath hedged in?

     (o) That sees not how to come out of his miseries, because
         he does not depend on God's providence.

Job 3:25
3:25 For the thing which I greatly {p} feared is come upon me,
     and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.

     (p) In my prosperity I looked for a fall, as it now has come
         to pass.

Job 3:26
3:26 I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I
     quiet; {q} yet trouble came.

     (q) The fear of troubles that would ensue, caused my
         prosperity to seem to me as nothing, and yet I am not
         exempted from trouble.



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