20 Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.

Other Translations of Job 36:20

New International Version

20 Do not long for the night, to drag people away from their homes.The meaning of the Hebrew for verses 18-20 is uncertain.

English Standard Version

20 Do not long for the night, when peoples vanish in their place.

The Message

20 And don't think that night, when people sleep off their troubles, will bring you any relief.

New King James Version

20 Do not desire the night, When people are cut off in their place.

New Living Translation

20 Do not long for the cover of night, for that is when people will be destroyed.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Job 36:20

Commentary on Job 36:15-23

(Read Job 36:15-23)

Elihu shows that Job caused the continuance of his own trouble. He cautions him not to persist in frowardness. Even good men need to be kept to their duty by the fear of God's wrath; the wisest and best have enough in them to deserve his stroke. Let not Job continue his unjust quarrel with God and his providence. And let us never dare to think favourably of sin, never indulge it, nor allow ourselves in it. Elihu thinks Job needed this caution, he having chosen rather to gratify his pride and humour by contending with God, than to mortify them by submitting, and accepting the punishment. It is absurd for us to think to teach Him who is himself the Fountain of light, truth, knowledge, and instruction. He teaches by the Bible, and that is the best book; teaches by his Son, and he is the best Master. He is just in all proceedings.