Job 4:13

13 Amid thoughts from visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on mortals,

Job 4:13 Meaning and Commentary

Job 4:13

In thoughts from the visions of the night
While Eliphaz was thinking of and meditating upon divine things, or while he was revolving in his mind some night visions he had, before this was made unto him, see ( Daniel 2:29 ) ; in meditation the Lord is often pleased to make known more of his mind and will to his people; and this is one way in which he was wont to do it in former times, in a vision either in the day, as sometimes, or in the night, as at others, and as here, see ( Numbers 12:6 ) ;

when deep sleep falleth on men;
on sorrowful men, as Mr. Broughton renders it; such who have been laborious all the day, and getting their bread with sorrow and trouble, and are weary; who as soon as they lie down fall asleep, and sleep falls on them, and to such it is sweet, as the wise man says, ( Ecclesiastes 5:12 ) ; now it was at such a time when men ordinarily and commonly are asleep that this vision was had.

Job 4:13 In-Context

11 The strong lion perishes for lack of prey, and the whelps of the lioness are scattered.
12 "Now a word came stealing to me, my ear received the whisper of it.
13 Amid thoughts from visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on mortals,
14 dread came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones shake.
15 A spirit glided past my face; the hair of my flesh bristled.
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