Job 3:22

22 who are filled with gladness and rejoice when they reach the grave?

Job 3:22 in Other Translations

22 Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?
22 who rejoice exceedingly and are glad when they find the grave?
22 They’re filled with joy when they finally die, and rejoice when they find the grave.
22 Who count the day of their death and burial the happiest day of their life?
22 who are filled with much joy and are glad when they reach the grave?

Job 3:22 Meaning and Commentary

Job 3:22

Which rejoice exceedingly
Or, "which joy till they do skip again", as Mr. Broughton renders it, and to the same purport others F4; are so elated as to skip and dance for joy:

[and] are glad when they can find the grave;
which is to be understood either of those who dig in the earth for hid treasure, such as is laid there by men; when they strike and hit upon a grave where they expect to find a booty; it being usual in former times to put much riches into the sepulchres of great personages, as Sanctius on the place observes; so Hyrcanus, opening the sepulchre of David, found in it three thousand talents of silver, as Josephus F5 relates: or rather this is said of the miserable and bitter in soul, who long for death, and seek after it; who, when they perceive any symptoms of its near approach, are exceedingly pleased, and rejoice at it, as when they observe the decays of nature, or any disorder and disease upon them which threaten with death; for this cannot be meant of the dead carrying to the grave, who are insensible of it, and of their being put into it.


F4 (lyg yla Myxmvh) "qu laetantur ad choream usque", Schultens, "quasi ad tripudium", Michaelis.
F5 Antiqu. l. 13. c. 8. sect. 4. Ed. Hudson.

Job 3:22 In-Context

20 “Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of soul,
21 to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure,
22 who are filled with gladness and rejoice when they reach the grave?
23 Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?
24 For sighing has become my daily food; my groans pour out like water.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Job 7:16; Ecclesiastes 4:3; Jeremiah 8:3