12 They change the night into day: the light is short [1] because of darkness.

Other Translations of Job 17:12

New International Version

12 turn night into day; in the face of the darkness light is near.

English Standard Version

12 They make night into day: 'The light,' they say, 'is near to the darkness.'The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

The Message

12 My hope that night would turn into day, my hope that dawn was about to break.

New King James Version

12 They change the night into day; 'The light is near,' they say, in the face of darkness.

New Living Translation

12 These men say that night is day; they claim that the darkness is light.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Job 17:12

Commentary on Job 17:10-16

(Read Job 17:10-16)

Job's friends had pretended to comfort him with the hope of his return to a prosperous estate; he here shows that those do not go wisely about the work of comforting the afflicted, who fetch their comforts from the possibility of recovery in this world. It is our wisdom to comfort ourselves, and others, in distress, with that which will not fail; the promise of God, his love and grace, and a well-grounded hope of eternal life. See how Job reconciles himself to the grave. Let this make believers willing to die; it is but going to bed; they are weary, and it is time that they were in their beds. Why should not they go willingly when their Father calls them? Let us remember our bodies are allied to corruption, the worm and the dust; and let us seek for that lively hope which shall be fulfilled, when the hope of the wicked shall be put out in darkness; that when our bodies are in the grave, our souls may enjoy the rest reserved for the people of God.