Job 7:9
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New International Version
As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so one who goes down to the grave does not return.

New Living Translation
Just as a cloud dissipates and vanishes, those who die will not come back.

English Standard Version
As the cloud fades and vanishes, so he who goes down to Sheol does not come up;

New American Standard Bible
"When a cloud vanishes, it is gone, So he who goes down to Sheol does not come up.

King James Bible
As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As a cloud fades away and vanishes, so the one who goes down to Sheol will never rise again.

International Standard Version
As a cloud fades away and vanishes, the one who descends to the afterlife doesn't return.

NET Bible
As a cloud is dispersed and then disappears, so the one who goes down to the grave does not come up again.

New Heart English Bible
As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away, so he who goes down to Sheol shall come up no more.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As a cloud fades away and disappears, so a person goes into the grave and doesn't come back again.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away, So he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.

New American Standard 1977
“When a cloud vanishes, it is gone,
            So he who goes down to Sheol does not come up.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away, so he that goes down to Sheol, who shall not come up again;

King James 2000 Bible
As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away: so he that goes down to the grave shall come up no more.

American King James Version
As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away: so he that goes down to the grave shall come up no more.

American Standard Version
As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away, So he that goeth down to Sheol shall come up no more.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As a cloud is consumed, and passeth away: so he that shall go down to hell shall not come up.

Darby Bible Translation
The cloud consumeth and vanisheth away; so he that goeth down to Sheol shall not come up.

English Revised Version
As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away, so he that goeth down to Sheol shall come up no more.

Webster's Bible Translation
As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more.

World English Bible
As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away, so he who goes down to Sheol shall come up no more.

Young's Literal Translation
Consumed hath been a cloud, and it goeth, So he who is going down to Sheol cometh not up.
Study Bible
Job Continues: Life Seems Futile
8"The eye of him who sees me will behold me no longer; Your eyes will be on me, but I will not be. 9"When a cloud vanishes, it is gone, So he who goes down to Sheol does not come up. 10"He will not return again to his house, Nor will his place know him anymore.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 12:23
"But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me."

Job 3:13
"For now I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept then, I would have been at rest,

Job 11:8
"They are high as the heavens, what can you do? Deeper than Sheol, what can you know?

Job 14:13
"Oh that You would hide me in Sheol, That You would conceal me until Your wrath returns to You, That You would set a limit for me and remember me!

Job 17:13
"If I look for Sheol as my home, I make my bed in the darkness;

Job 17:16
"Will it go down with me to Sheol? Shall we together go down into the dust?"

Job 30:15
"Terrors are turned against me; They pursue my honor as the wind, And my prosperity has passed away like a cloud.
Treasury of Scripture

As the cloud is consumed and vanishes away: so he that goes down to the grave shall come up no more.

the cloud.

Job 37:11 Also by watering he wearies the thick cloud: he scatters his bright cloud:

he.

Job 10:21 Before I go from where I shall not return, even to the land of darkness …

Job 14:10-14 But man dies, and wastes away: yes, man gives up the ghost, and where is he…

Job 16:22 When a few years are come, then I shall go the way from where I shall …

2 Samuel 12:23 But now he is dead, why should I fast? can I bring him back again? …

2 Samuel 14:14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which …

Psalm 39:13 O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

Isaiah 38:11 I said, I shall not see the LORD, even the LORD, in the land of the living…

(9) As the cloud is consumed.--It is a fine simile that man is as evanescent as a cloud; and very apt is the figure, because, whether it vanishes on the surface of the sky or is distributed in rain, nothing more completely passes away than the summer cloud. It is an appearance only, which comes to nought.

Verse 9. - As the aloud is consumed and vanisheth away. In mountainous countries one sees clouds clinging to a mountain-side, which do not float away, but gradually shrink, and at last wholly disappear. They are "consumed" in the strictest sense of the word - the hot rays of the sun drink them up. So he that goeth down to the grave; rather, to Sheol; i.e. to the lower world, the abode of the departed. What exactly was Job's idea of this world it is impossible to say, or whether it involved the continued separate identity of individual souls and their continued consciousness. In Isaiah's conception both seem certainly to have been involved (Isaiah 14:9-18), and perhaps in Jacob's (Genesis 37:35); but Job s creed on the subject can only be conjectured. It is certain, however, that both the Egyptians and the early Babylonians held the continuance after death of individual souls, their separate existence, and their consciousness (see the author's 'History of Ancient Egypt,' vol. 1. pp. 317-319; and 'Religions of the Ancient World,' pp. 62-65). Shall come up no more. The Egyptian belief was that the soul would ultimately return to the body from which death separated it, and rein-habit it. But this belief was certainly not general among the nations of antiquity. As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away,.... Which being dispersed by the wind, or broke up by the sun, is never seen, or returns more; for though the wise man speaks of clouds returning after the rain, this is not to be understood of the same clouds, but of succeeding ones, Ecclesiastes 12:2; so pardon of sin is expressed by the same metaphor, to show that sin thereby is no more, no more to be seen or remembered, Isaiah 43:25; the Targum renders it "as smoke", by which the shortness and consumption of men's days are expressed, Psalm 102:3; but by the simile of a cloud here is not so much designed the sudden disappearance of life as the irrevocableness of it when gone, as the reddition or application following shows:

so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more; the grave is the house or long home that all must go to, it being the appointment of God that all should die, or be in the state of the dead; which is meant by the grave, since all are not interred in the earth; and this, as here, is frequently expressed, as if it was man's act being hither brought; and when it designs an interment in the earth, it is with great propriety called a going down; and however that be, yet the state of the dead is a state of humiliation, a coming down from all the grandeur, honour, and glory of the present state, which are all laid in the dust; and when this is man's case, he comes up no more from it, that is, of himself, by his own power; none but Christ, who is God over all, ever did this; or none naturally, or by the laws of nature, for noticing short of almighty power can effect this; it must be done in an extraordinary way, and is no less than a miraculous operation; nor will this be done until the general resurrection of the just and unjust, when all that are in their graves shall come forth, the one to the resurrection of life, and the other to the resurrection of damnation; excepting in some few instances, as the Shunammite's son, 2 Kings 4:32; the man that touched the bones of the prophet Elisha, 2 Kings 13:21; the daughter of Jairus, Mark 5:41; the widow of Nain's son, Luke 7:14; Lazarus, John 11:43; and those that rose at our Lord's resurrection, Matthew 27:53; this is further explained in Job 7:10. 9. (2Sa 12:23).

the grave—the Sheol, or place of departed spirits, not disproving Job's belief in the resurrection. It merely means, "He shall come up no more" in the present order of things.7:7-16 Plain truths as to the shortness and vanity of man's life, and the certainty of death, do us good, when we think and speak of them with application to ourselves. Dying is done but once, and therefore it had need be well done. An error here is past retrieve. Other clouds arise, but the same cloud never returns: so a new generation of men is raised up, but the former generation vanishes away. Glorified saints shall return no more to the cares and sorrows of their houses; nor condemned sinners to the gaieties and pleasures of their houses. It concerns us to secure a better place when we die. From these reasons Job might have drawn a better conclusion than this, I will complain. When we have but a few breaths to draw, we should spend them in the holy, gracious breathings of faith and prayer; not in the noisome, noxious breathings of sin and corruption. We have much reason to pray, that He who keeps Israel, and neither slumbers nor sleeps, may keep us when we slumber and sleep. Job covets to rest in his grave. Doubtless, this was his infirmity; for though a good man would choose death rather than sin, yet he should be content to live as long as God pleases, because life is our opportunity of glorifying him, and preparing for heaven.
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