Job 13:28
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New International Version
"So man wastes away like something rotten, like a garment eaten by moths.

New Living Translation
I waste away like rotting wood, like a moth-eaten coat.

English Standard Version
Man wastes away like a rotten thing, like a garment that is moth-eaten.

New American Standard Bible
While I am decaying like a rotten thing, Like a garment that is moth-eaten.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Man wears out like something rotten, like a moth-eaten garment.

International Standard Version
So I'm a man who wears out like something rotten, like a garment that has become moth-eaten."

NET Bible
So I waste away like something rotten, like a garment eaten by moths.

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

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I am like worn-out wineskins, like moth-eaten clothes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Though I am like a wine-skin that consumeth, Like a garment that is moth-eaten.

New American Standard 1977
While I am decaying like a rotten thing,
            Like a garment that is moth-eaten.



Jubilee Bible 2000
And man, is as a rotten thing that is being consumed, as a garment that is moth eaten.

King James 2000 Bible
And he, like a rotten thing, consumes, as a garment that is moth-eaten.

American King James Version
And he, as a rotten thing, consumes, as a garment that is moth eaten.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who am to be consumed as rottenness, and as a garment that is moth-eaten.

Darby Bible Translation
One who, as a rotten thing consumeth, as a garment that the moth eateth.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth-eaten.

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

Young's Literal Translation
And he, as a rotten thing, weareth away, As a garment hath a moth consumed him.

Study Bible
Job Reproves his Friends
27"You put my feet in the stocks And watch all my paths; You set a limit for the soles of my feet, 28While I am decaying like a rotten thing, Like a garment that is moth-eaten.
Cross References
James 5:2
Your riches have rotted and moths have eaten your clothes.

Job 2:7
Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.

Job 17:14
If I call to the pit, 'You are my father'; To the worm, 'my mother and my sister';

Psalm 39:11
"With reproofs You chasten a man for iniquity; You consume as a moth what is precious to him; Surely every man is a mere breath. Selah.

Isaiah 50:9
Behold, the Lord GOD helps Me; Who is he who condemns Me? Behold, they will all wear out like a garment; The moth will eat them.
Treasury of Scripture

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

And he

Job 30:17-19,29,30 My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest…

Numbers 12:12 Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when …

as a garment

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

Psalm 39:11 When you with rebukes do correct man for iniquity, you make his beauty …

Hosea 5:12 Therefore will I be to Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah …

Verse 28. - And he. The change of person is very strange, but not unknown to the Hebrew idiom. It is impossible that any one but Job himself can be meant. As a rotten thing consumeth, as a garment that is moth-eaten. An allusion to the character of the disease from which he is suffering.



And he as a rotten thing consumeth,.... This by some Jewish writers (z) is referred to and connected with the driven leaf and dry stubble Job compares himself to, Job 13:25; and so the sense is, that his body, which, for its frailty and weakness, is compared to such things, is like any rotten thing, a rotten tree, as Ben Melech; or any thing else that is rotten, that is consuming and wasting away, as Job's body was, being clothed with worms and clods of dust:

as a garment that is moth eaten; a woollen garment, which gathers dust, out of which motifs arise; for dust, in wool and woollen garments produces moths, as Aristotle (a) and Pliny (b) observe; and a garment eaten by them, slowly, gradually, and insensibly, yet certainly, decays, falls to pieces, becomes useless, and not to be recovered; such was Job's body, labouring under the diseases it did, and was every day more and more decaying, crumbling into dust, and just ready to drop into the grave; so that there was no need, and it might seem cruel, to lay greater and heavier afflictions on it: some interpreters make this "he" to be God himself who sometimes is as rottenness and a moth to men, in their persons, families, and estates; see Hosea 5:12.

(z) R. Levi, Ben Gersom, & Bar Tzemach. (a) Hist. Animal. l. 5. c. 32. (b) Nat. Hist. l. 11. c. 35. 28. Job speaks of himself in the third person, thus forming the transition to the general lot of man (Job 14:1; Ps 39:11; Ho 5:12). 13:23-28 Job begs to have his sins discovered to him. A true penitent is willing to know the worst of himself; and we should all desire to know what our transgressions are, that we may confess them, and guard against them for the future. Job complains sorrowfully of God's severe dealings with him. Time does not wear out the guilt of sin. When God writes bitter things against us, his design is to make us bring forgotten sins to mind, and so to bring us to repent of them, as to break us off from them. Let young persons beware of indulging in sin. Even in this world they may so possess the sins of their youth, as to have months of sorrow for moments of pleasure. Their wisdom is to remember their Creator in their early days, that they may have assured hope, and sweet peace of conscience, as the solace of their declining years. Job also complains that his present mistakes are strictly noticed. So far from this, God deals not with us according to our deserts. This was the language of Job's melancholy views. If God marks our steps, and narrowly examines our paths, in judgment, both body and soul feel his righteous vengeance. This will be the awful case of unbelievers, yet there is salvation devised, provided, and made known in Christ.
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