Job 17:13
New International Version
If the only home I hope for is the grave, if I spread out my bed in the realm of darkness,

New Living Translation
What if I go to the grave and make my bed in darkness?

English Standard Version
If I hope for Sheol as my house, if I make my bed in darkness,

Berean Study Bible
If I look for Sheol as my home, if I spread out my bed in darkness,

New American Standard Bible
"If I look for Sheol as my home, I make my bed in the darkness;

King James Bible
If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness.

Christian Standard Bible
If I await Sheol as my home, spread out my bed in darkness,

Contemporary English Version
I could tell the world below to prepare me a bed.

Good News Translation
My only hope is the world of the dead, where I will lie down to sleep in the dark.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I await Sheol as my home, spread out my bed in darkness,

International Standard Version
"If my hope were that my house is the afterlife itself, if I were to make my bed in darkness,

NET Bible
If I hope for the grave to be my home, if I spread out my bed in darkness,

New Heart English Bible
If I look for Sheol as my house, if I have spread my couch in the darkness,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I look for the grave as my home and make my bed in the darkness,

JPS Tanakh 1917
If I look for the nether-world as my house; If I have spread my couch in the darkness;

New American Standard 1977
“If I look for Sheol as my home, I make my bed in the darkness;

Jubilee Bible 2000
If I wait, Sheol is my house; I have made my bed in the darkness.

King James 2000 Bible
If I wait, the grave is my house: I have made my bed in the darkness.

American King James Version
If I wait, the grave is my house: I have made my bed in the darkness.

American Standard Version
If I look for Sheol as my house; If I have spread my couch in the darkness;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For if I remain, Hades is my habitation: and my bed has been made in darkness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I wait hell is my house, and I have made my bed in darkness.

Darby Bible Translation
If I wait, Sheol is my house; I spread my bed in the darkness:

English Revised Version
If I look for Sheol as mine house; if I have spread my couch in the darkness;

Webster's Bible Translation
If I wait, the grave is my house: I have made my bed in the darkness.

World English Bible
If I look for Sheol as my house, if I have spread my couch in the darkness,

Young's Literal Translation
If I wait -- Sheol is my house, In darkness I have spread out my couch.
Study Bible
Job Prepares for Death
12They have turned night into day and have made light seem near in the face of darkness. 13If I look for Sheol as my home, if I spread out my bed in darkness, 14and say to corruption, ‘You are my father,’ and to the worm, ‘My mother,’ or ‘My sister,’…
Cross References
Job 3:13
For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest

Job 7:9
As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so he who goes down to Sheol will never rise again.

Job 17:12
They have turned night into day and have made light seem near in the face of darkness.

Ecclesiastes 12:5
when men fear the heights and dangers of the road, when the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper loses its spring, and the caper berry shrivels--for then man goes to his eternal home, and mourners walk the streets.

Treasury of Scripture

If I wait, the grave is my house: I have made my bed in the darkness.

If I wait

Job 14:14
If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.

Psalm 27:14
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Lamentations 3:25,26
The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him…

the grave.

Job 17:1
My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me.

Job 10:21,22
Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death; …

Job 30:23
For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.

I have made

Psalm 139:8
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

Isaiah 57:2
He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.







Lexicon
If
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

I look
אֲ֭קַוֶּה (’ă·qaw·weh)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6960: To bind together, collect, to expect

for Sheol
שְׁא֣וֹל (šə·’ō·wl)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7585: Underworld (place to which people descend at death)

as my home,
בֵּיתִ֑י (bê·ṯî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

if I spread out
רִפַּ֥דְתִּי (rip·paḏ·tî)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7502: To spread, to refresh

my bed
יְצוּעָֽי׃ (yə·ṣū·‘āy)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3326: Spread, a bed, an extension, wing, lean-to

in darkness,
בַּ֝חֹ֗שֶׁךְ (ba·ḥō·šeḵ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2822: The dark, darkness, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness
Verse 13. - If I wait, the grave is mine house; rather, surely I look for the grave (Sheol) as my house; i.e. I expect no return of prosperity, no renewal of life in a sumptuous mansion, no recovery of the state and dignity from which I have fallen - I look only for Sheol as my future abode and resting-place -there, in Sheol, I have made my bed in the darkness; i.e. I regard myself as already there, lying on my narrow bed in the darkness, at rest after my afflictions. 17:10-16 Job's friends had pretended to comfort him with the hope of his return to a prosperous estate; he here shows that those do not go wisely about the work of comforting the afflicted, who fetch their comforts from the possibility of recovery in this world. It is our wisdom to comfort ourselves, and others, in distress, with that which will not fail; the promise of God, his love and grace, and a well-grounded hope of eternal life. See how Job reconciles himself to the grave. Let this make believers willing to die; it is but going to bed; they are weary, and it is time that they were in their beds. Why should not they go willingly when their Father calls them? Let us remember our bodies are allied to corruption, the worm and the dust; and let us seek for that lively hope which shall be fulfilled, when the hope of the wicked shall be put out in darkness; that when our bodies are in the grave, our souls may enjoy the rest reserved for the people of God.
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