Job 34:22

22 There is no deep shadow, no utter darkness, where evildoers can hide.

Job 34:22 in Other Translations

KJV
22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
ESV
22 There is no gloom or deep darkness where evildoers may hide themselves.
NLT
22 No darkness is thick enough to hide the wicked from his eyes.
MSG
22 There is no night dark enough, no shadow deep enough, to hide those who do evil.
CSB
22 There is no darkness, no deep darkness, where evildoers can hide themselves.

Job 34:22 Meaning and Commentary

Job 34:22

[There is] no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the
workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
] By whom may be meant chiefly profane sinners that are abandoned to a vicious course of life, and make a trade of sin, or that the common course of their lives; though secret sinners, and even professors of religion, hypocrites, who in a more private manner live in sin, come under this name, ( Matthew 7:23 ) ; such may endeavour to hide themselves through shame and fear, but all in vain and to no purpose; there is no screening themselves and their actions from the all-seeing eye of God, and from his wrath and vengeance. "No darkness" of any sort can hide them, not the thick clouds of the heavens, nor the darkness of the night; nor is there any darkness in God that can obstruct his sight of them; nor are they able to cast any mist before his eyes, or use any colourings, pretences, and excuses he cannot see through. "Nor shadow of death": the grossest and thickest darkness; nor is even the grave itself an hiding place for sinners, from whence they will be raised to receive the just deserts of their sins. See ( Job 10:21 Job 10:22 ) ( 14:13 ) . Now from the omniscience of God, and his clear uninterrupted sight of all persons and their actions, inward and outward, Elihu argues to the justice of God, who therefore cannot do anything amiss through ignorance, error, or mistake.

Job 34:22 In-Context

20 They die in an instant, in the middle of the night; the people are shaken and they pass away; the mighty are removed without human hand.
21 “His eyes are on the ways of mortals; he sees their every step.
22 There is no deep shadow, no utter darkness, where evildoers can hide.
23 God has no need to examine people further, that they should come before him for judgment.
24 Without inquiry he shatters the mighty and sets up others in their place.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Psalms 74:20; Psalms 139:12
  • 2. S Job 3:5; Amos 9:2-3
  • 3. S Genesis 3:8; S Job 11:20