Job 13:12
New International Version
Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay.

New Living Translation
Your platitudes are as valuable as ashes. Your defense is as fragile as a clay pot.

English Standard Version
Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay.

Berean Study Bible
Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay.

New American Standard Bible
"Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, Your defenses are defenses of clay.

King James Bible
Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.

Christian Standard Bible
Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ash; your defenses are made of clay.

Contemporary English Version
Your wisdom and arguments will blow away like dust.

Good News Translation
Your proverbs are as useless as ashes; your arguments are as weak as clay.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ash; your defenses are made of clay.

International Standard Version
Your maxims are just worthless proverbs; your defensive arguments are made of clay."

NET Bible
Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay.

New Heart English Bible
Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, Your defenses are defenses of clay.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Your recollections are worthless proverbs. Your answers are absolutely useless.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Your memorials shall be like unto ashes, Your eminences to eminences of clay.

New American Standard 1977
“Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, Your defenses are defenses of clay.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Your memories shall be compared unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.

King James 2000 Bible
Your proverbs are like unto ashes, your defenses are defenses of clay.

American King James Version
Your remembrances are like to ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.

American Standard Version
Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, Your defences are defences of clay.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Your remembrance shall be compared to ashes, and your necks shall be brought to clay.

Darby Bible Translation
Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, your bulwarks are bulwarks of mire.

English Revised Version
Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, your defences are defences of clay.

Webster's Bible Translation
Your remembrances are like to ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.

World English Bible
Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes, Your defenses are defenses of clay.

Young's Literal Translation
Your remembrances are similes of ashes, For high places of clay your heights.
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
Job Reproves His Friends
11Would His majesty not terrify you? Would the dread of Him not fall upon you? 12Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay. 13Be silent, and I will speak. Then let come to me what may.…
Cross References
Job 13:11
Would His majesty not terrify you? Would the dread of Him not fall upon you?

Job 13:13
Be silent, and I will speak. Then let come to me what may.

Job 27:1
Then Job continued his discourse and said:

Job 29:1
Again, Job continued his discourse and said:

Treasury of Scripture

Your remembrances are like to ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.

remembrances

Job 18:17 His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no …

Exodus 17:14 And the LORD said to Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, …

Psalm 34:16 The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the …

Psalm 102:12 But you, O LORD, shall endure for ever; and your remembrance to all generations.

Psalm 109:15 Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the …

Proverbs 10:7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

Isaiah 26:14 They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall …

ashes

Genesis 18:27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken on me to …

to bodies

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

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed …

2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, …







Lexicon
Your maxims
זִֽ֭כְרֹנֵיכֶם (ziḵ·rō·nê·ḵem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2146: Memorial, remembrance

are proverbs
מִשְׁלֵי־ (miš·lê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 4911: To liken, to use, language, in, to resemble

of ashes;
אֵ֑פֶר (’ê·p̄er)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 665: Ashes

your defenses
לְגַבֵּי־ (lə·ḡab·bê-)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1354: The back, the top, rim, a boss, a vault, arch of eye, bulwarks

are defenses
גַּבֵּיכֶֽם׃ (gab·bê·ḵem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1354: The back, the top, rim, a boss, a vault, arch of eye, bulwarks

of clay.
חֹ֝֗מֶר (ḥō·mer)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2563: A bubbling up, of water, a wave, of earth, mire, clay, a heap, a chomer, dry measure
(12) Remembrances--i.e. "Wise and memorable saws of garnered wisdom are proverbs of ashes, worthless as the dust, and fit for bodies of clay like your bodies." Or, as some understand it, "Your high fabrics, or defences, are fabrics of clay," as an independent parallelism.

Verse 12. - Your remembrances are like unto ashes. The "remembrances" intended are probably the wise saws, embodiments of the ancient wisdom, on which Job's adversaries have relied in their disputations with him (Job 4:7, 8; Job 8:8-11, etc.). These Job declares to be mere dust and ashes - useless, worthless, such as the first breath of air wilt blow away. Your bodies to bodies of clay; rather, your mounds or your defences (see the Revised Version). These defences, Job says - i.e, the arguments by which his opponents support their views - are no better than "defences of clay " - easy to batter down and destroy. The ancient defences of a town were usually either of stone, as at Khorsabad ('Ancient Monarchies,' vol. 1. pp. 278, 279), or of crude brick faced with burnt brick, as at Babylon and elsewhere. But Job seems to be speaking of something more primitive than either of these - mere earthworks, like the Roman aggera hastily thrown up and easy to level with the ground. 13:1-12 With self-preference, Job declared that he needed not to be taught by them. Those who dispute are tempted to magnify themselves, and lower their brethren, more than is fit. When dismayed or distressed with the fear of wrath, the force of temptation, or the weight of affliction, we should apply to the Physician of our souls, who never rejects any, never prescribes amiss, and never leaves any case uncured. To Him we may speak at all times. To broken hearts and wounded consciences, all creatures, without Christ, are physicians of no value. Job evidently speaks with a very angry spirit against his friends. They had advanced some truths which nearly concerned Job, but the heart unhumbled before God, never meekly receives the reproofs of men.
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