Job 30:20

20 “I cry out to you, God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me.

Read Job 30:20 Using Other Translations

I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not.
I cry to you for help and you do not answer me; I stand, and you only look at me.
“I cry to you, O God, but you don’t answer. I stand before you, but you don’t even look.

What does Job 30:20 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 30:20

I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me
Which added greatly to his affliction, that though he cried to the Lord for help and deliverance, yet he turned a deaf ear to him; and though he heard him, as undoubtedly he did, he did not answer him immediately; at least not in the way in which he desired and expected he would: crying is expressive of prayer, and supposes distress, and denotes vehemence of spirit:

I stand up;
in prayer, standing being a prayer gesture, as many observe from ( Jeremiah 15:1 ) ; (See Gill on Matthew 6:5); or he persisted in it, he continued praying, was incessant in it, and yet could obtain no answer; or this signifies silence, as some F6 interpret it; he cried, and then ceased, waiting for an answer; but whether he prayed, or whether he was silent, it was the same thing:

and thou regardest me [not];
the word "not" is not in this clause, but is repeated from the preceding, as it is by Ben Gersom and others; but some read it without it, and give the sense either thus, thou considerest me whether it is fit to receive my prayer or not, so Sephorno; or to renew my strokes, to add new afflictions to me, as Jarchi and Bar Tzemach; or thou lookest upon me as one pleased with the sight of me in such a miserable condition, so far from helping me; wherefore it follows.


FOOTNOTES:

F6 Jarchi, Ben Gersom, and Bar Tzemach.
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