Job 23:17

Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither has he covered the darkness from my face.
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George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Face. My afflictions have not yet taken away my life, as might have been expected. (Haydock) I am less affected with my miseries, than with the dread of God's presence, ver. 15, 16. (Calmet)

Gregory The Dialogist

AD 604
52. For he, being set under the scourge, dies off from the health of the body ‘on account of the overhanging darkness,’ who is for this reason smitten for the past that he may be shielded from future punishments. For scourges inflicted on the good either wipe out evil things done, or parry off future ones which might have been done. But blessed Job, forasmuch as when set under the rod he was neither purified from foregoing sins nor shielded from those that threatened, but only had his goodness increased under the stroke, says with confidence, Because I have not perished on account of the overhanging darkness, neither hath the darkness covered my face. For he that always had before his eyes the weight of divine dread, the face of his heart the darkness of sin never covered. And he whom no punishments followed, did not lose the health of the body ‘on account of the overhanging darkness.’ 53. And it is to be noted, that in his own person telling what had gone before, he never says ...

John Chrysostom

AD 407
This unexpected disaster, he says, did not happen according to human logic. I discern that this blow comes from the hand of God. And he is right in speaking of the darkness that “covers my face,” because this darkness is not ordinary darkness but is of his own dejection. - "Commentary on Job 23.16–17"

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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