Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery
That labours under various calamities and afflictions, as Job did, being stripped of his substance, deprived of his children, and now in great pain of body and distress of mind; who, since he died not so soon as he wished he had, expostulates why his life is protracted; for that is what he means by light, as appears from the following clause, even the light of the living, or the light of the world; which though sweet and pleasant to behold to a man in health, yet not to one in pain of body and anguish of mind, as he was, who chose rather to be in the dark and silent grave; this he represents as a gift, as indeed life is, and the gift of God: the words may be rendered, "wherefore does he give light?"
and life unto the bitter [in] soul;
whose lives are embittered to them by afflictions, comparable to the waters of Marah, and to wormwood and gall, which occasion bitterness of spirit in them, and bitter complaints from them; see ( Job 13:26 ) ( 23:16 ) ( 27:2 ) .
F25 (Nty hml) "quare dat", Cocceius, Schmidt, Schultens, Michaelis.
F26 So Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. vid. Schultens in loc.