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Job 3:18

18 Captives also enjoy their ease; they no longer hear the slave driver’s shout.

Read Job 3:18 Using Other Translations

There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.
There the prisoners are at ease together; they hear not the voice of the taskmaster.
Even captives are at ease in death, with no guards to curse them.

What does Job 3:18 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 3:18

[There] the prisoners rest together
"Are at ease", as Mr. Broughton renders the words; such who while they lived were in prison for debt, or were condemned to the galleys, to lead a miserable life; or such who suffered bonds and imprisonment for the sake of religion, at death their chains are knocked off, and they are as much at liberty, and enjoy as much ease, as the dead that never were prisoners; and not only rest together with those who were their fellow prisoners, but with those who never were in prison, yea, with those who cast them into it; for there the prisoners and those that imprisoned them are upon a level, enjoying equal ease and liberty:

they hear not the voice of the oppressor;
or "exactor" F24; neither of their creditors that demanded their debt of them, and threatened them with a prison, or that detained them in it; nor of the jail keeper that gave them hard words as well as stripes; nor of cruel taskmasters, who kept them to hard service in prison, and threatened them severely if they did not perform it, like the taskmasters in Egypt, ( Exodus 5:11 Exodus 5:13 ) ; but, in the grave, the blustering, terrifying, voice of such, is not heard.


F24 (vgn) "exactoris", Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator
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