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6 As for that night [layil], let darkness ['ophel]
seize [laqach] upon it; let it not be joined [chadah] unto the days [yowm] of the
year [shaneh (in pl. only),], let it not come [bow'] into the number [micpar] of
the months [yerach].
7 Lo, let that night [layil] be solitary [galmuwd], let
no joyful voice [rananah] come [bow'] therein.
8 Let them curse [naqab] it that curse ['arar] the
day [yowm], who are ready [`athiyd] to raise up [`uwr] their
mourning [livyathan]. KJV-Interlinear
6 'As for that night, let darkness seize it; Let it not
rejoice among the days of the year; Let it not come into the number of the
months. 7 'Behold, let that night be
barren; Let no joyful shout enter it. 8 'Let
those curse it who curse the day, Who are prepared to rouse Leviathan. NASB
has wished the day of his birth, into oblivion.
Now he turns the calendar backward about nine months, and wishes for the
night of his conception, out of existence.
to make sure that his birth had not taken place, he desires that his conception
had never taken place. In fact, he
desires that, that entire night had never taken place.
will get even more graphic in this wish. He wishes the sexual activities of his
parents had never taken place. And even
more graphic, he wishes that the highlight of their sex, had never occurred.
you have to know a little about sex and how everything works. But suffice to say, when two people get
together, they eventually reach a height in their activities. Thus the shout of joy. Is that plain enough, without getting too
begins with his desire that that whole night had never occurred. Again, we remove a section of time from the
calendar. And, since it is not in the
habit of society to celebrate the annual conception event, only that one night
is in view here. Job wants the entire
night to drop out of existence.
that night cannot be lost, then Job in verse seven, wishes for the activities
of that night to be cancelled. If no sex
takes place, then no pregnancy can occur.
of course sex did take place, and thus Job continues with his wish for failure
in that activity.
move on to verse eight. Job wishes for
the night and its activities to never have occurred. That is of course an impossibility. So Job turns to the cults of his time.
Job's day, just as in our current day, there were folks who claimed the power
of the supernatural. They could call on
higher powers and curse this or that.
so doing, those enchanters would call on the supernatural, here called
Leviathan, sometimes referred to as the crocodile, or serpent, or monsters of
the deep. This is also a reference to
great mourning or great misery, or to doom and gloom.
all of these things that Job is calling for, he is doing so because he is in
great pain, and has been for quite some time now. He does not believe any of them, he is just
frustrated and frazzled, and more than that, he is helpless.
is rambling through a discourse that cannot accomplish anything, but it helps
him to feel a little better emotionally, even though he does not feel better,
nor will it accomplish anything. If you
have ever been in pain and frustrated, then hit your hand on the table or wall
just to vent your frustration, then you can probably begin to understand. Job is venting, sort of.
he is also letting us know that knowledge in his day was not so na ve. He understood the reproduction process. He understood the calendar. We know that there were false seers who would
offer their services for a price to anyone who was willing to pay.
Job even calls out rhetorically, for all those who practice in the enchanting
business, those who make it their practice to curse the day, to also curse the
night of his conception.
has now cursed the day of his birth, and the night of his conception. He isn't quite finished yet, but almost.
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