Job 3:14
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New International Version
with kings and rulers of the earth, who built for themselves places now lying in ruins,

New Living Translation
I would rest with the world's kings and prime ministers, whose great buildings now lie in ruins.

English Standard Version
with kings and counselors of the earth who rebuilt ruins for themselves,

New American Standard Bible
With kings and with counselors of the earth, Who rebuilt ruins for themselves;

King James Bible
With kings and counsellers of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
with the kings and counselors of the earth, who rebuilt ruined cities for themselves,

International Standard Version
along with kings and counselors of the earth, who used to build for themselves what are now only ruins,

NET Bible
with kings and counselors of the earth who built for themselves places now desolate,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I would be with the kings and the counselors of the world who built for themselves [what are now] ruins.

Jubilee Bible 2000
with the kings and the counsellors of the earth, who built desolate places for themselves;

King James 2000 Bible
With kings and counselors of the earth, who built desolate places for themselves;

American King James Version
With kings and counsellors of the earth, which build desolate places for themselves;

American Standard Version
With kings and counsellors of the earth, Who built up waste places for themselves;

Douay-Rheims Bible
With kings and consuls of the earth, who build themselves solitudes:

Darby Bible Translation
With kings and counsellors of the earth, who build desolate places for themselves,

English Revised Version
With kings and counsellors of the earth, which built up waste places for themselves;

Webster's Bible Translation
With kings and counselors of the earth, who built desolate places for themselves;

World English Bible
with kings and counselors of the earth, who built up waste places for themselves;

Young's Literal Translation
With kings and counsellors of earth, These building wastes for themselves.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:11-19 Job complained of those present at his birth, for their tender attention to him. No creature comes into the world so helpless as man. God's power and providence upheld our frail lives, and his pity and patience spared our forfeited lives. Natural affection is put into parents' hearts by God. To desire to die that we may be with Christ, that we may be free from sin, is the effect and evidence of grace; but to desire to die, only that we may be delivered from the troubles of this life, savours of corruption. It is our wisdom and duty to make the best of that which is, be it living or dying; and so to live to the Lord, and die to the Lord, as in both to be his, Ro 14:8. Observe how Job describes the repose of the grave; There the wicked cease from troubling. When persecutors die, they can no longer persecute. There the weary are at rest: in the grave they rest from all their labours. And a rest from sin, temptation, conflict, sorrows, and labours, remains in the presence and enjoyment of God. There believers rest in Jesus, nay, as far as we trust in the Lord Jesus and obey him, we here find rest to our souls, though in the world we have tribulation.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - With kings and counsellers of the earth. As a great man himself, nobly born probably, Job expects that his place in another world would have been with kings and nobles (see Isaiah 14:9-11, where the King of Babylon, on entering Sheol, finds himself among "all the kings of the nations"). Which built desolate places for themselves. Some understand "restorers of cities which had become waste and desolate;" others, "builders of edifices which, since they built them, have become desolate;" others, again, "builders of desolate and dreary piles," such as the Pyramids, and the rock-tombs common in Arabia, which were desolate and dreary from the time that they were built. The brevity studied by the writer makes his meaning somewhat obscure.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

With the kings and counsellors of the earth,.... From whom he might descend, he being a person of great distinction and figure; and so, had he died, he would have been buried in the sepulchres of his ancestors, and have lain in great pomp and state: or rather this he says, to observe that death spares none, that neither the power of kings, who have long hands, nor the wisdom of counsellors, who have long heads, can secure them from death; and that after death they are upon a level with others; and even he suggests, that children that die as soon as born, and have made no figure in the world, are equal to them:

which built desolate places for themselves; either that rebuilt houses and cities that had lain in ruins, or built such in desolate places, where there had been none before, or formed colonies in places before uninhabited; and all this to get a name, and to perpetuate it to posterity: or rather sepulchral monuments are meant, such as the lofty pyramids of the Egyptians, and superb mausoleums of others; which, if not built in desolate places, yet are so themselves, being only the habitations of the dead, and so they are called the desolations of old, Ezekiel 26:20; and this is the sense of many interpreters (q); if any man desires, says Vansleb (r), a prospect and description of such ancient burying places, let him think on a boundless plain, even, and covered with sand, where neither trees, nor grass, nor houses, nor any such thing, is to be seen.

(q) Pineda, Bolducius, Patrick, Caryll, Schultens, and others. (r) Relation of a Voyage to Egypt, p. 91.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. With kings … which built desolate places for themselves—who built up for themselves what proved to be (not palaces, but) ruins! The wounded spirit of Job, once a great emir himself, sick of the vain struggles of mortal great men, after grandeur, contemplates the palaces of kings, now desolate heaps of ruins. His regarding the repose of death the most desirable end of the great ones of earth, wearied with heaping up perishable treasures, marks the irony that breaks out from the black clouds of melancholy [Umbreit]. The "for themselves" marks their selfishness. Michaelis explains it weakly of mausoleums, such as are found still, of stupendous proportions, in the ruins of Petra of Idumea.

Job 3:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job Laments his Birth
13"For now I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept then, I would have been at rest, 14With kings and with counselors of the earth, Who rebuilt ruins for themselves; 15Or with princes who had gold, Who were filling their houses with silver.…
Cross References
Job 12:17
He leads rulers away stripped and makes fools of judges.

Job 12:18
He takes off the shackles put on by kings and ties a loincloth around their waist.

Job 15:28
he will inhabit ruined towns and houses where no one lives, houses crumbling to rubble.

Isaiah 58:12
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
Treasury of Scripture

With kings and counsellors of the earth, which build desolate places for themselves;

kings.

Job 30:23 For I know that you will bring me to death, and to the house appointed …

1 Kings 2:10 So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.

1 Kings 11:43 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of …

Psalm 49:6-10,14 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude …

Psalm 89:48 What man is he that lives, and shall not see death? shall he deliver …

Ecclesiastes 8:8 There is no man that has power over the spirit to retain the spirit; …

Isaiah 14:10-16 All they shall speak and say to you, Are you also become weak as …

Ezekiel 27:18-32 Damascus was your merchant in the multitude of the wares of your …

which built. Who erect splendid mausoleums, funeral monuments, etc. to keep their names from perishing, while their bodies are turned to corruption.

Job 15:28 And he dwells in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabits, …

Isaiah 5:8 Woe to them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till …

Ezekiel 26:20 When I shall bring you down with them that descend into the pit, …

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