Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

"Why is light given to him who suffers, And life to the bitter of soul,

King James Version

Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;

Holman Bible

Why is light given to one burdened with grief,
and life to those whose existence is bitter,

International Standard Version

"Why does God give light to the sufferer or life to the bitter person:

A Conservative Version

Why is light given to him who is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul,

American Standard Version

Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, And life unto the bitter in soul;

Amplified

Why is light [of life] given to him who is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul,

Bible in Basic English

Why does he give light to him who is in trouble, and life to the bitter in soul;

Darby Translation

Wherefore is light given to him that is in trouble, and life to those bitter of soul,

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;

Julia Smith Translation

Wherefore shall light be given to him toiling, and life to the bitter of soul?

King James 2000

Therefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul;

Lexham Expanded Bible

"Why does he give light to one in misery and life to [those] bitter of soul,

Modern King James verseion

Why is light given to one who is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul,

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

"Wherefore is the light given to him that is in misery? And life unto them that have heavy hearts?

NET Bible

"Why does God give light to one who is in misery, and life to those whose soul is bitter,

New Heart English Bible

"Why is light given to him who is in misery, life to the bitter in soul,

The Emphasized Bible

Wherefore give, to the wretched, light? Or, life, to the embittered in soul? -

Webster

Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul;

World English Bible

"Why is light given to him who is in misery, life to the bitter in soul,

Youngs Literal Translation

Why giveth He to the miserable light, and life to the bitter soul?

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
אור 
'owr 
Usage: 122

נתן 
Nathan 
Usage: 2011

to him that is in misery
עמל 
`amel 
Usage: 9

and life
חי 
Chay 
Usage: 502

unto the bitter
מרה מר 
Mar 
Usage: 38

Context Readings

Job Wishes He Might Die

19 "The small and the great are there, And the slave is free from his master. 20 "Why is light given to him who suffers, And life to the bitter of soul, 21 Who long for death, but there is none, And dig for it more than for hidden treasures,


Cross References

Job 7:15-16

So that my soul would choose suffocation, Death rather than my pains.

Jeremiah 20:18

Why did I ever come forth from the womb To look on trouble and sorrow, So that my days have been spent in shame?

1 Samuel 1:10

She, greatly distressed, prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly.

Proverbs 31:6

Give strong drink to him who is perishing, And wine to him whose life is bitter.

2 Kings 4:27

When she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught hold of his feet. And Gehazi came near to push her away; but the man of God said, "Let her alone, for her soul is troubled within her; and the LORD has hidden it from me and has not told me."

Job 3:16

"Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be, As infants that never saw light.

Job 6:9

"Would that God were willing to crush me, That He would loose His hand and cut me off!

Job 33:28

'He has redeemed my soul from going to the pit, And my life shall see the light.'

Job 33:30

To bring back his soul from the pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of life.

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