Job 10:9
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New International Version
Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again?

New Living Translation
Remember that you made me from dust--will you turn me back to dust so soon?

English Standard Version
Remember that you have made me like clay; and will you return me to the dust?

New American Standard Bible
'Remember now, that You have made me as clay; And would You turn me into dust again?

King James Bible
Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Please remember that You formed me like clay. Will You now return me to dust?

International Standard Version
"'Please remember that you've made me like clay and you'll return me to dust.

NET Bible
Remember that you have made me as with the clay; will you return me to dust?

New Heart English Bible
Remember, I beg you, that you have fashioned me as clay. Will you bring me into dust again?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Please remember that you made me out of clay and that you will return me to the dust again.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Remember, I beseech Thee, that Thou hast fashioned me as clay; And wilt Thou bring me into dust again?

New American Standard 1977
‘Remember now, that Thou hast made me as clay;
            And wouldst Thou turn me into dust again?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Remember now that thou hast formed me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?

King James 2000 Bible
Remember, I beseech you, that you have made me as the clay; and will you bring me into dust again?

American King James Version
Remember, I beseech you, that you have made me as the clay; and will you bring me into dust again?

American Standard Version
Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast fashioned me as clay; And wilt thou bring me into dust again?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay, and thou wilt bring me into dust again.

Darby Bible Translation
Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as clay, and wilt bring me into dust again.

English Revised Version
Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast fashioned me as clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?

Webster's Bible Translation
Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?

World English Bible
Remember, I beg you, that you have fashioned me as clay. Will you bring me into dust again?

Young's Literal Translation
Remember, I pray Thee, That as clay Thou hast made me, And unto dust Thou dost bring me back.
Study Bible
Job's Plea to God
8'Your hands fashioned and made me altogether, And would You destroy me? 9Remember now, that You have made me as clay; And would You turn me into dust again? 10'Did You not pour me out like milk And curdle me like cheese;…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 4:7
Now we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this surpassingly great power is from God and not from us.

Job 4:19
'How much more those who dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, Who are crushed before the moth!

Job 7:21
"Why then do You not pardon my transgression And take away my iniquity? For now I will lie down in the dust; And You will seek me, but I will not be."

Job 10:10
'Did You not pour me out like milk And curdle me like cheese;

Job 33:6
"Behold, I belong to God like you; I too have been formed out of the clay.

Job 34:15
All flesh would perish together, And man would return to dust.

Psalm 78:39
Thus He remembered that they were but flesh, A wind that passes and does not return.

Psalm 89:47
Remember what my span of life is; For what vanity You have created all the sons of men!

Psalm 104:29
You hide Your face, they are dismayed; You take away their spirit, they expire And return to their dust.
Treasury of Scripture

Remember, I beseech you, that you have made me as the clay; and will you bring me into dust again?

Remember

Job 7:7 O remember that my life is wind: my eye shall no more see good.

Psalm 25:6,7,18 Remember, O LORD, your tender mercies and your loving kindnesses; …

Psalm 89:47 Remember how short my time is: why have you made all men in vain?

Psalm 106:4 Remember me, O LORD, with the favor that you bore to your people: …

thou hast

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed …

Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return to …

Isaiah 45:9 Woe to him that strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with …

Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay, and you our …

Jeremiah 18:6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? said the …

into dust again

Job 17:14 I have said to corruption, You are my father: to the worm, You are …

Psalm 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue sticks to …

Psalm 90:3 You turn man to destruction; and say, Return, you children of men.

Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit …

Romans 9:21 Has not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make …

(9) Into dust.--Comp. Psalm 22:15.

Verse 9. - Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; rather, that thou hast fashioned me as day; i.e. "Thou hast formed me, as a potter fashions a pot out of clay." This is scarcely a reference to Genesis 3:19, but rather an early use of what became a stock metaphor (comp. Isaiah 29:16; Isaiah 30:14:; 45:9; 64:8; Jeremiah 18:6; Romans 9:21-2.9, etc.). And wilt thou bring us into dust again? After having fashioned me out of clay into a human form, wilt thou undo thine own work, crumble me into powder, and make me mere dust once more? Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay,.... Not of the clay, though man was made originally of the dust of the earth, and the bodies of men are houses of clay, earthen vessels, and earthly tabernacles, but "as the clay"; either as the clay is wrought in the hand of the potter, and worked into what form, and made into what vessel he pleases, so are men in the hand of God, made by him in what form, and for what use and end he thinks fit; or rather this denotes not the likeness of the operation, but the likeness of the matter of the human body to clay: not for the impurity of it; for though man is in a state and condition comparable to the mire and clay, this he has brought himself into by sin, and not the Lord; he made man upright, but man has made himself sinful and polluted; but for the brittleness of it; as a vessel made of clay is brittle and easily broke to pieces, and cannot bear much weight, or any heavy stroke; so the body of man is weak and frail, and feeble; its strength is not the strength of stones, and its flesh brass, but clay: and this Job humbly entreats the Lord would "remember", and that "now" (h); immediately; and deal mildly and mercifully with him, since he was not able to bear the weight of his hand, which would soon, crush him and break him to pieces; not that God forgets this, for he remembers man's frame and composition, that he is but dust; that he is flesh, and a wind or vapour that passes away: but he may seem to do so, when he sorely afflicts, and his hand lies heavy, and he does not remove it, but continues it, and rather in creases the affliction; and therefore, as the Lord allows his people to put him in remembrance, Job here desires that he would show himself, in his providential dealings with him, that he was mindful of his natural frailty and infirmity; see Job 7:12 Psalm 78:3,

and wilt thou bring me into dust again? to the dust of death; to the original of which he was made; and that so soon, and at once; or, "and unto dust will return me?" as Mr. Broughton and others (i), according to the original sentence, "dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return", Genesis 3:19; and which Job expected, and will be the case of all men, Ecclesiastes 12:7; and therefore he thought that this might suffice, that it was enough that he should die in a little while through the course of nature, and therefore desires he might have some respite and ease while he did live; he could not see there was any occasion to press him so hard, and follow him so close with afflictions one after another, or be so rough with him and quick upon him; since in a short time his brittle clay would break of itself, and he should drop into the dust and lie decaying there, as it was of old decreed he should.

(h) "nunc", Drusius; so the Targum. (i) "reducturus", Schmidt, Schultens; "reduces me?" V. L. Beza, Michaelis; "redire facies me?" Pagninus, Montanus, Bolducius. 9. clay—Job 10:10 proves that the reference here is, not so much to the perishable nature of the materials, as to their wonderful fashioning by the divine potter.10:8-13 Job seems to argue with God, as if he only formed and preserved him for misery. God made us, not we ourselves. How sad that those bodies should be instruments of unrighteousness, which are capable of being temples of the Holy Ghost! But the soul is the life, the soul is the man, and this is the gift of God. If we plead with ourselves as an inducement to duty, God made me and maintains me, we may plead as an argument for mercy, Thou hast made me, do thou new-make me; I am thine, save me.
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