Job 21:32
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New International Version
They are carried to the grave, and watch is kept over their tombs.

New Living Translation
When they are carried to the grave, an honor guard keeps watch at their tomb.

English Standard Version
When he is carried to the grave, watch is kept over his tomb.

New American Standard Bible
"While he is carried to the grave, Men will keep watch over his tomb.

King James Bible
Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He is carried to the grave, and someone keeps watch over his tomb.

International Standard Version
when he is carried away to the cemetery and guardians are placed to watch his tomb?

NET Bible
And when he is carried to the tombs, and watch is kept over the funeral mound,

New Heart English Bible
Yet he will be borne to the grave. Men shall keep watch over the tomb.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He is carried to the cemetery, and his grave is guarded.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For he is borne to the grave, And watch is kept over his tomb.

New American Standard 1977
“While he is carried to the grave,
            Men will keep watch over his tomb.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He shall yet be brought to the grave and shall remain in the tomb.

King James 2000 Bible
Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.

American King James Version
Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.

American Standard Version
Yet shall he be borne to the grave, And men shall keep watch over the tomb.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He shall be brought to the graves, and shall watch in the heap of the dead.

Darby Bible Translation
Yet is he carried to the graves, and watch is kept over the tomb.

English Revised Version
Yet shall he be borne to the grave, and shall keep watch over the tomb.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yet he shall be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.

World English Bible
Yet he will be borne to the grave. Men shall keep watch over the tomb.

Young's Literal Translation
And he -- to the graves he is brought. And over the heap a watch is kept.
Study Bible
Job: God will Deal with the Wicked
31"Who will confront him with his actions, And who will repay him for what he has done? 32"While he is carried to the grave, Men will keep watch over his tomb. 33"The clods of the valley will gently cover him; Moreover, all men will follow after him, While countless ones go before him.…
Cross References
Job 21:31
"Who will confront him with his actions, And who will repay him for what he has done?

Job 21:33
"The clods of the valley will gently cover him; Moreover, all men will follow after him, While countless ones go before him.

Psalm 82:7
"Nevertheless you will die like men And fall like any one of the princes."
Treasury of Scripture

Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.

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Psalm 49:14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; …

Ezekiel 32:21-32 The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the middle …

Luke 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the …

grave. Heb. graves. remain in the tomb. Heb. watch in the heap

(32) And shall remain in the tomb.--The word rendered tomb is rendered shock of corn in Job 5:26, and is not found in the sense of tomb elsewhere. It is doubtful, therefore, whether this is its meaning here. The verse may mean: "He shall be borne to the grave, and men shall watch over his sheaves," i.e., his possessions; or "He shall be borne to the grave with as much deference as when he used to watch over his sheaves" (to protect them from robbery).

Verse 32. - Yet shall he be brought to the grave; rather, he moreover is borne (in pomp) to the grave. Even in death the advantage is still with the wicked man. He is borne in procession to the grave - a mausoleum or a family vault - by a long train of mourners, who weep and lament for him, and pay him funeral honours. The poor virtuous man, on the other hand, is hastily thrust under the soil. And shall remain in in the tomb; or shall keep watch over his tomb. The allusion is probably to the custom, common certainly in Egypt and Phoenicia, of carving a figure of the deceased on the lid of his sarcophagus, to keep as it were watch over the remains deposited within. The figure was sometimes accompanied by an inscription, denouncing curses on those who should dare to violate the tomb or disturb the remains (see 'Records of the Past,' vol. 9. pp. 112-114; and compare the author's 'History of Phoenicia,' pp. 393-395). Yet shall he be brought to the grave,.... Or "and", "or yea he shall be brought", &c. (a); for the meaning is not, that though he is great in life he shall be brought low enough at death; for Job is still describing the grand figure wicked men make, even at death, as well as in life; for he is not only brought to the grave, as all men are, it being the house appointed for all living, and every man's long home; but the wicked rich man is brought thither in great funeral pomp, in great state, as the rich sinner was buried, Ecclesiastes 8:10; or "to the graves" (b), the place where many graves are, the place of the sepulchres of his ancestors; and in the chiefest and choicest of them he is interred, and has an honourable burial; not cast into a ditch, or buried with the burial of an ass, as Jehoiakim was, being cast forth beyond the gates of the city, Jeremiah 22:19; and shall remain in the tomb; quiet and undisturbed, when it has been the lot of others to have their bones taken out of their grave, and spread before the sun, see Jeremiah 8:1; and even some good men, who have had their graves dug up, their bones taken out and burnt, and their ashes scattered about, as was the case of that eminent man, John Wickliff, here in England. The word for "tomb" signifies an "heap" (c), and is sometimes used for an heap of the fruits of the earth; which has led some to think of the place of this man's interment being in the midst of a corn field; but the reason why a grave or tomb is so called is, because a grave, through a body or bodies being laid in it, rises up higher than the common ground; and if it has a tomb erected over it, that is no other than an heap of stones artificially put together; or it may be so called from the heaps of bodies one upon another in a grave, or vault, over which the tomb is, or where every part of the body is gathered and heaped (d); from this sense of the word some have given this interpretation of the passage, that the wicked man shall be brought to his grave, and abide there, after he has heaped up a great deal of wealth and riches in this world; which, though a truth, seems not to be intended here, any more than others taken from the different signification of the word translated "remain". It is observed by some to signify to "hasten" (e), from whence the almond tree, which hastens to put forth its bloom, has its name, Jeremiah 1:10; and so give this as the sense, that such a man, being of full age, is ripe for death, and, comes to his grave, or heap, like a shock of corn in its season. Others observe, that it signifies to "watch"; and so in the margin of our Bibles the clause is put, "he shall watch in the heap" (f), which is differently interpreted; by some, that he early and carefully provides himself a tomb, as Absalom in his lifetime set up a sepulchral pillar for himself, 2 Samuel 18:18; and Shebna the scribe, and Joseph of Arimathea, hewed themselves sepulchres out of the rock, Isaiah 22:15; and others think the allusion is either to statues upon tombs, as are still in use in our days, where they are placed as if they were watching over the tombs; or to bodies embalmed, according to the custom of the eastern countries, especially the Egyptians, which were set up erect in their vaults, and seemed as if they were alive, and there set to watch the places they were in, rather than as if buried there; or, according to others, "he shall be watched", or "the keeper shall watch at", or "over the tomb" (g), that the body is not disturbed or taken away; but the sense our version gives is best, and most agrees with the context, and the scope of it, and with what follows.

(a) "et ipse", Pagninus, Montanus, &c. (b) "ad sepulchra", V. L. Montamus, Vatablus, Drusius, Beza, Mercerus, Michaelis, Schultens; "in sepulchra", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. (c) "super acervo", Montanus, Codurcus; so Bolducius, Mercerus. (d) Vid. David de Pomis Lexic. fol. 14. 3.((e) "festinabit", Pagninus; so some in Vatablus, and Ben Melech. (f) "Vigilabit", V. L. Tigurine version, Montanus; "vigilat", Michaelis, Schultens; "erit tanquam vigil", Bolducius. (g) "Vigilabitur", Beza; "vigilatur", Cocceius; so Calovius. 32. Yet—rather, "and."

brought—with solemn pomp (Ps 45:15).

grave—literally, "graves"; that is, the place where the graves are.

remain in—rather, watch on the tomb, or sepulchral mound. Even after death he seems still to live and watch (that is, have his "remembrance" preserved) by means of the monument over the grave. In opposition to Bildad (Job 18:17).21:27-34 Job opposes the opinion of his friends, That the wicked are sure to fall into visible and remarkable ruin, and none but the wicked; upon which principle they condemned Job as wicked. Turn to whom you will, you will find that the punishment of sinners is designed more for the other world than for this, Jude 1:14,15. The sinner is here supposed to live in a great deal of power. The sinner shall have a splendid funeral: a poor thing for any man to be proud of the prospect of. He shall have a stately monument. And a valley with springs of water to keep the turf green, was accounted an honourable burial place among eastern people; but such things are vain distinctions. Death closes his prosperity. It is but a poor encouragement to die, that others have died before us. That which makes a man die with true courage, is, with faith to remember that Jesus Christ died and was laid in the grave, not only before us, but for us. That He hath gone before us, and died for us, who is alive and liveth for us, is true consolation in the hour of death.
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