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,

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

New King James Version
If I wait for the grave as my house, If I make my bed in the darkness,

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

NASB 1995
"If I look for Sheol as my home, I make my bed in the darkness;

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

Amplified Bible
“But if I look to Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead) as my home, If I make my bed in the darkness,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
If I wait—Sheol [is] my house, "" In darkness I have spread out my bed.

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,

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.

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
Job Prepares for Death
12They have turned night into day, making 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 does not come back up.

Job 17:12
They have turned night into day, making 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.









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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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


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