Job 13:12
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New International Version
Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay.

New Living Translation
Your platitudes are as valuable as ashes. Your defense is as fragile as a clay pot.

English Standard Version
Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay.

New American Standard Bible
"Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, Your defenses are defenses of clay.

King James Bible
Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ash; your defenses are made of clay.

International Standard Version
Your maxims are just worthless proverbs; your defensive arguments are made of clay."

NET Bible
Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay.

New Heart English Bible
Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, Your defenses are defenses of clay.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Your recollections are worthless proverbs. Your answers are absolutely useless.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Your memorials shall be like unto ashes, Your eminences to eminences of clay.

New American Standard 1977
“Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes,
            Your defenses are defenses of clay.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Your memories shall be compared unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.

King James 2000 Bible
Your proverbs are like unto ashes, your defenses are defenses of clay.

American King James Version
Your remembrances are like to ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.

American Standard Version
Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, Your defences are defences of clay.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Your remembrance shall be compared to ashes, and your necks shall be brought to clay.

Darby Bible Translation
Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, your bulwarks are bulwarks of mire.

English Revised Version
Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, your defences are defences of clay.

Webster's Bible Translation
Your remembrances are like to ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.

World English Bible
Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, Your defenses are defenses of clay.

Young's Literal Translation
Your remembrances are similes of ashes, For high places of clay your heights.
Study Bible
Job Reproves his Friends
11"Will not His majesty terrify you, And the dread of Him fall on you? 12"Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, Your defenses are defenses of clay. 13"Be silent before me so that I may speak; Then let come on me what may.…
Cross References
Job 13:11
"Will not His majesty terrify you, And the dread of Him fall on you?

Job 13:13
"Be silent before me so that I may speak; Then let come on me what may.

Job 27:1
Then Job continued his discourse and said,

Job 29:1
And Job again took up his discourse and said,
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Your remembrances are like to ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.

remembrances

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Exodus 17:14 And the LORD said to Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, …

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Psalm 102:12 But you, O LORD, shall endure for ever; and your remembrance to all generations.

Psalm 109:15 Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the …

Proverbs 10:7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

Isaiah 26:14 They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall …

ashes

Genesis 18:27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken on me to …

to bodies

Job 4:19 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation …

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

2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, …

(12) Remembrances--i.e. "Wise and memorable saws of garnered wisdom are proverbs of ashes, worthless as the dust, and fit for bodies of clay like your bodies." Or, as some understand it, "Your high fabrics, or defences, are fabrics of clay," as an independent parallelism.

Verse 12. - Your remembrances are like unto ashes. The "remembrances" intended are probably the wise saws, embodiments of the ancient wisdom, on which Job's adversaries have relied in their disputations with him (Job 4:7, 8; Job 8:8-11, etc.). These Job declares to be mere dust and ashes - useless, worthless, such as the first breath of air wilt blow away. Your bodies to bodies of clay; rather, your mounds or your defences (see the Revised Version). These defences, Job says - i.e, the arguments by which his opponents support their views - are no better than "defences of clay " - easy to batter down and destroy. The ancient defences of a town were usually either of stone, as at Khorsabad ('Ancient Monarchies,' vol. 1. pp. 278, 279), or of crude brick faced with burnt brick, as at Babylon and elsewhere. But Job seems to be speaking of something more primitive than either of these - mere earthworks, like the Roman aggera hastily thrown up and easy to level with the ground. Your remembrances are like unto ashes,.... Either of things they put Job in remembrance of, the mementos which they had suggested to him; see Job 4:7; or the things which they had brought forth out of their memories, the instances they had given of what had been in the world, the arguments, objections, and reasonings, they had made use of in this controversy; their "memorable sentences" (e), as some render it, were of no more moment and importance than ashes, and easily blown away like them; or whatsoever was memorable in them, or they thought would perpetuate their memory hereafter, as their houses and lands, and towns and cities, called by their names, these memorials should perish, Psalm 49:11; or their wealth and riches, their honour and glory, their learning, wisdom, and knowledge, all should fade, and come to nothing; the memory of the just indeed is blessed, the righteous are had in everlasting remembrance, because of their everlasting righteousness; but as anything else, that may be thought to be a remembrance of man, it is but as ashes, of little worth, gone, and often trampled upon; and men should remember that they are but dust and ashes, as Aben Ezra (f) observes, even in their best estate, in comparison of the excellency of God, before spoken of; and as Abraham confessed in the presence of God, Genesis 18:27;

your bodies to bodies of clay; that is, are like to bodies of clay, to such as are made of clay after the similitude of human bodies; and such are the bodies of men themselves, they are of the earth, earthly, they are houses of clay, which have their foundation in the dust; earthen vessels, and earthly houses of this tabernacle, poor, mean, frail, brittle things, are crushed before the moth, and much more before the Almighty; the word is by some rendered "eminencies", the most eminent men; what is most eminent in them are like to "eminences of clay" (g), or heaps of dirt: some interpret this, as the former expression, of their words, reasonings, arguments, and objections; which though great swelling words, were vain and empty, mere bubbles, and though reckoned strong reasonings, unanswerable arguments, and objections, had no strength in them, but were to be easily thrown down like hillocks of clay; and though thought to be like shields, or high and strong fortresses, as some (h) take the word to signify, yet are but clayey ones.

(e) "sententiae vestrae memorabiles", Schultens. (f) So the Tigurine version, "meminisse oportebat vos similea esse cineri". (g) "eminentiae vestrae, eminentiae luteae", Beza; so Bolducius. (h) So Cocceius, Beza. 12. remembrances—"proverbial maxims," so called because well remembered.

like unto ashes—or, "parables of ashes"; the image of lightness and nothingness (Isa 44:20).

bodies—rather, "entrenchments"; those of clay, as opposed to those of stone, are easy to be destroyed; so the proverbs, behind which they entrench themselves, will not shelter them when God shall appear to reprove them for their injustice to Job.13:1-12 With self-preference, Job declared that he needed not to be taught by them. Those who dispute are tempted to magnify themselves, and lower their brethren, more than is fit. When dismayed or distressed with the fear of wrath, the force of temptation, or the weight of affliction, we should apply to the Physician of our souls, who never rejects any, never prescribes amiss, and never leaves any case uncured. To Him we may speak at all times. To broken hearts and wounded consciences, all creatures, without Christ, are physicians of no value. Job evidently speaks with a very angry spirit against his friends. They had advanced some truths which nearly concerned Job, but the heart unhumbled before God, never meekly receives the reproofs of men.
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