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Job 21:26

    Job 21:26 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    They lie down alike in the dust, And the worm covereth them.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Together they go down to the dust, and are covered by the worm.

    Webster's Revision

    They lie down alike in the dust, And the worm covereth them.

    World English Bible

    They lie down alike in the dust. The worm covers them.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    They lie down alike in the dust, and the worm covereth them.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 21:26

    They shall lie down alike in the dust - Death levels all distinctions, and the grave makes all equal. There may be a difference in the grave itself; but the human corpse is the same in all. Splendid monuments enshrine corruption; but the sod must lie close and heavy upon the putrefying carcass, to prevent it from becoming the bane of the living.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 21:26

    They shall lie down alike in the dust - The emphasis here is on the word "alike" - יחד yachad. The idea is, that they should die "in a similar manner." There would be no such difference in the mode of their death as to determine anything about their character or to show that one was the friend of God, and that the other was not. The friends of Job had maintained, that that could be certainly known by the divine dealings with people, either in their life, or in their death. Job combats this opinion, and says, that there is no such marked distinction in their life, nor is there any certain indication of their character in their death. Prosperity often attends the wicked as well as the righteous, and the death of the righteous and the wicked resemble each other.

    And the worms shall cover them - Cover them "both." They shall alike moulder back to dust. There is no distinction in the grave. There is no difference in the manner in which they moulder back to dust. No argument can be drawn respecting their character from the divine dealings toward them when in life - none from the manner of their death - none from the mode in which they moulder back to dust. On the reference to the "worm" here, see the notes at Job 14:11.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 21:26

    21:26 Alike - All these worldly differences are ended by death, and they lie in the grave without any distinction. So that no man can tell who is good, and who is bad by events which befall them in this life. And if one wicked man die in a palace, and another in a dungeon, they will meet in the congregation of the dead and damned; and the worm that dieth not, and the fire that is not quenched will be the same to both: which makes those differences inconsiderable, and not worth perplexing ourselves about.
    Book: Job