Job 17:13
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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;

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 …

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your …

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

the grave. See on

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

Job 10:21,22 Before I go from where I shall not return, even to the land of darkness …

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

I have made

Psalm 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, you are there: if I make my bed in hell, …

Isaiah 57:2 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one …







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. If I wait, the grave is mine house,.... Not that Job put an "if" upon, or made a doubt of waiting upon God in private or public; or of waiting for him, his gracious appearances to him, answers of prayer, performance of promises, and deliverance out of trouble; and especially of waiting his appointed time till his change came, and hoping and expecting eternal life and happiness; all which he determined to do, and did, see Job 13:15; but he says this with respect to the advice of his friends, which should it be taken, the issue of would be no other than what he here suggests; they had intimated, that if he repented and reformed, he might hope for and expect a peaceable tabernacle, and a prosperous habitation, a line house, and affluent circumstances, Job 5:24. Now, says he, should I listen to this, and endeavour to cherish some hope and expectation of small things, and put myself in a waiting posture for them, alas! how soon would it be over, for what other house can I rationally expect but the grave? and this is what I have upon; I think of no other house than that, which is man's long home, the house appointed for all living; there I shall dwell, and make my abode until the morning of the resurrection, and I look for no other; and if I should, I am well assured! should be disappointed:

I have made my bed in the darkness: in the dark grave, where the light of the body is extinct, and where the light of the sun comes not; in houses there are various apartments, some for work and business, as is the shop; others for eating and drinking, as the dining room; and others for sleep and rest, as the bedchamber; now in the house of the grave there is no mention of any but the latter; for there is no work and device in the grave, nor eating and drinking there; but it is a bed where the weary saint lies down and rests upon from all his toil and labour, until he awakes at the resurrection: now Job had settled the matter with himself, he had laid it out in his own mind, and taken a kind of pleasure in the prospect of it; that he had got a house to move into, when he was dislodged from the earthly house of his tabernacle, and where he had made himself, in his own thought, an easy bed, on which he should lay his weary limbs, and take his sleep and rest, until the heavens be no more. 13. Rather, "if I wait for this grave (Sheol, or the unseen world) as my house, and make my bed in the darkness (Job 17:14), and say to corruption," rather, "to the pit" or "grave," etc. (Job 17:15). Where then is my hope? [Umbreit]. The apodosis is at Job 17:15.17:10-16 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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