Job 24:17

17 For all of them, midnight is their morning; they make friends with the terrors of darkness.

Job 24:17 in Other Translations

17 For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.
17 For deep darkness is morning to all of them; for they are friends with the terrors of deep darkness.
17 The black night is their morning. They ally themselves with the terrors of the darkness.
17 Deep darkness is morning for that bunch; they make the terrors of darkness their companions in crime.
17 For the morning is like death's shadow to them. Surely they are familiar with the terrors of death's shadow!

Job 24:17 Meaning and Commentary

Job 24:17

For the morning [is] to them even as the shadow of death
It is as disagreeable, and as hateful, and as terrible to them as the grossest and thickest darkness can be to others. The word (wdxy) is to be rendered either "alike" or "altogether", and not "even", as in our version: "the morning is to them equally" or "together" F23; that is, to the murderer, robber, thief, adulterer, and housebreaker, "as the shadow of death"; alike disagreeable to them all; or "the shadow of death is to them together" or "alike [as the] morning"; what the morning is to others, exceeding pleasant and delightful, that to them is the shadow of death, or the darkest night; they love darkness rather than light:

if [one] know [them, they are in] the terrors of the shadow of death;
they are frightened unto death, they are in as great terror as a man is to whom death is the king of terrors; and who is sensible of the near approach of it, the plain and manifest symptoms of it being upon him: this is the case of the murderer, adulterer, and thief, when they are caught in the fact; or are known by such who are capable of giving notice of them, detecting them, and bearing witness against them: or "he", each and everyone of these, "knows the terrors of the shadow of death" F24; the darkest night, which strikes terrors into others, is known by them, is delighted in by them, is familiar with them, and friendly to them, and is as pleasing as the brightest day to others.


F23 Pariter, Pagninus, Montanus
F24 (twmlu twhlb ryky) "agnoscit terrores umbrae mortis", Mercerus, Cocceius; so Codurcus, Schmidt.

Job 24:17 In-Context

15 The eye of the adulterer watches for dusk; he thinks, ‘No eye will see me,’ and he keeps his face concealed.
16 In the dark, thieves break into houses, but by day they shut themselves in; they want nothing to do with the light.
17 For all of them, midnight is their morning; they make friends with the terrors of darkness.
18 “Yet they are foam on the surface of the water; their portion of the land is cursed, so that no one goes to the vineyards.
19 As heat and drought snatch away the melted snow, so the grave snatches away those who have sinned.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Job 18:11
  • 2. S Job 15:22; S Job 18:5
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