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Job 13:28

    Job 13:28 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth eaten.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And he, as a rotten thing, consumes, as a garment that is moth eaten.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Though I am like a rotten thing that consumeth, Like a garment that is moth-eaten.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Though a man comes to nothing like a bit of dead wood, or like a robe which has become food for the worm.

    Webster's Revision

    Though I am like a rotten thing that consumeth, Like a garment that is moth-eaten.

    World English Bible

    though I am decaying like a rotten thing, like a garment that is moth-eaten.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Though I am like a rotten thing that consumeth, like a garment that is moth-eaten.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 13:28

    And he, as a rotten thing - I am like a vessel made of skin; rotten, because of old age, or like a garment corroded by the moth. So the Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic understood it. The word he may refer to himself.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 13:28

    And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth - Noyes renders this, "And I, like an abandoned thing, shall waste away." Dr. Good translates it, "Well may he dissolve as corrupttion." Rosenmuller supposes that Job refers to himself by the word הוּא hû' - he, and that having spoken of himself in the previous verses, he now changes the mode of speech, and speaks in the third person. In illustration of this, he refers to a passage in Euripides, "Alcestes," verse 690. The Vulgate renders it in the first person, "Qui quasi putredo consumendus sum." The design seems to be, to represent himself as an object not worthy such consent surveillance on the part of God. God set his mark upon him; watched him with a close vigilance and a steady eye - and yet he was watching one who was turning fast to corruption, and who would soon be gone. He regarded it as unworthy of God, to be so attentive in watching over so worthless an object. This is closely connected with the following chapter, and there should have been no interruption here. The allusion to himself as feeble and decaying, leads him into the beautiful description in the following chapter of the state of man in general. The connection is something like this: - "I am afflicted and tried in various ways. My feet are in the stocks; my way is hedged up. I am weak, frail, and dying. But so it is with man universally. My condition is like that of the man at large, for

    "Man, the offspring of a woman,

    Is short-lived, and is full of trouble."

    As a rotten thing, - כרקב kerâqâb. The word רקב râqab means rottenness, or caries of bones; Proverbs 12:4; Proverbs 14:30; Hosea 5:12. Here it means anything that is going to decay, and the comparison is that of man to anything that is thus constantly decaying, and that will soon be wholly gone.

    Consumeth. - Or rather "decays," יבלה yı̂bâlâh. The word בלה bâlâh is applied to that which falls away or decays, which is worn out and waxes old - as a garment; Deuteronomy 8:4; Isaiah 50:9; Isaiah 51:6.

    As a garment that is moth-eaten - "As a garment the moth consumes it." Hebrew On the word moth, and the sentiment here expressed, see the notes at Job 4:19.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 13:28

    13:28 He - He speaks of himself in the third person, as is usual in this and other sacred books. So the sense is, he, this poor frail creature, this body of mine; which possibly he pointed at with his finger, consumeth or pineth away.
    Book: Job