Job 27:16
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New International Version
Though he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay,

New Living Translation
"Evil people may have piles of money and may store away mounds of clothing.

English Standard Version
Though he heap up silver like dust, and pile up clothing like clay,

New American Standard Bible
"Though he piles up silver like dust And prepares garments as plentiful as the clay,

King James Bible
Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Though he piles up silver like dust and heaps up a wardrobe like clay--

International Standard Version
"Though he hoards silver like dust, and stores away garments like clay,

NET Bible
If he piles up silver like dust and stores up clothing like mounds of clay,

New Heart English Bible
Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare clothing as the clay;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Though he collects silver like dust and piles up clothing like dirt,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Though he heap up silver as the dust, And prepare raiment as the clay;

New American Standard 1977
“Though he piles up silver like dust,
            And prepares garments as plentiful as the clay;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Though he heaps up silver as the dust and prepares raiment as the clay,

King James 2000 Bible
Though he heap up silver as the dust, and pile up clothing as the clay;

American King James Version
Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;

American Standard Version
Though he heap up silver as the dust, And prepare raiment as the clay;

Douay-Rheims Bible
If he shall heap together silver as earth, and prepare raiment as clay,

Darby Bible Translation
Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare clothing as the clay;

English Revised Version
Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;

Webster's Bible Translation
Though he should heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay?

World English Bible
Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare clothing as the clay;

Young's Literal Translation
If he heap up as dust silver, And as clay prepare clothing,
Study Bible
The State of the Godless
15"His survivors will be buried because of the plague, And their widows will not be able to weep. 16"Though he piles up silver like dust And prepares garments as plentiful as the clay, 17He may prepare it, but the just will wear it And the innocent will divide the silver.…
Cross References
Job 3:15
Or with princes who had gold, Who were filling their houses with silver.

Job 15:29
"He will not become rich, nor will his wealth endure; And his grain will not bend down to the ground.

Job 20:10
"His sons favor the poor, And his hands give back his wealth.

Job 27:15
"His survivors will be buried because of the plague, And their widows will not be able to weep.

Job 27:17
He may prepare it, but the just will wear it And the innocent will divide the silver.

Proverbs 13:22
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

Ecclesiastes 2:26
For to a person who is good in His sight He has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that he may give to one who is good in God's sight. This too is vanity and striving after wind.

Zephaniah 1:11
"Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar, For all the people of Canaan will be silenced; All who weigh out silver will be cut off.

Zechariah 9:3
For Tyre built herself a fortress And piled up silver like dust, And gold like the mire of the streets.
Treasury of Scripture

Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;

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Job 22:24 Then shall you lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the …

1 Kings 10:27 And the king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars …

Habakkuk 2:6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting …

Zechariah 9:3 And Tyrus did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as …

prepare raiment (D'Herbelot tells us, that Bokhten, an illustrious poet of Cufah, in the

Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust …

James 5:2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.

Verse 16. - Though he heap up silver as the dust. The city of Tyro, we are told by Zechariah, "heaped up silver as the dust" (Zechariah 9:3), i.e. in vast quantities, beyond count. So might the wicked man do. He might also prepare raiment as the clay; i.e. fill his house with rich dresses, partly for his own wear, partly to be given as robes of honour to his friends and boon companions (setup. Genesis 45:22; 2 Kings 5:22; 2 Kings 10:22, Matthew 6:19; James 5:2). Robes of honour are still kept in store by Eastern monarchs, and presented as marks of favour to visitors of importance, Though he heap up silver as the dust,.... Which, as it denotes the great abundance of it collected together, so it expresses the bias and disposition of such a man's mind, that he cannot be content without amassing great quantities of it, and also his diligence and success therein, see 1 Kings 10:27;

and prepare raiment as the clay; not merely, for use, but pomp and show, to fill his wardrobes with; and formerly, raiment was part of the treasure of great men: the phrase signifies that he might have such a variety of raiment, and such large quantities of it, that he would value it no more than so much clay; or else that his riches, consist of what it would, would be both polluting and troublesome to him; the Septuagint version reads "gold" instead of "raiment", as in Zechariah 9:3, where like expressions are used of Tyre. 16. dust … clay—images of multitudes (Zec 9:3). Many changes of raiment are a chief constituent of wealth in the East.27:11-23 Job's friends, on the same subject, spoke of the misery of wicked men before death as proportioned to their crimes; Job considered that if it were not so, still the consequences of their death would be dreadful. Job undertook to set this matter in a true light. Death to a godly man, is like a fair gale of wind to convey him to the heavenly country; but, to a wicked man, it is like a storm, that hurries him away to destruction. While he lived, he had the benefit of sparing mercy; but now the day of God's patience is over, and he will pour out upon him his wrath. When God casts down a man, there is no flying from, nor bearing up under his anger. Those who will not now flee to the arms of Divine grace, which are stretched out to receive them, will not be able to flee from the arms of Divine wrath, which will shortly be stretched out to destroy them. And what is a man profited if he gain the whole world, and thus lose his own soul?
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