Job 17:14
New International Version
if I say to corruption, 'You are my father,' and to the worm, 'My mother' or 'My sister,'

New Living Translation
What if I call the grave my father, and the maggot my mother or my sister?

English Standard Version
if I say to the pit, ‘You are my father,’ and to the worm, ‘My mother,’ or ‘My sister,’

Berean Study Bible
and say to corruption, ‘You are my father,’ and to the worm, ‘My mother,’ or ‘My sister,’

New American Standard Bible
If I call to the pit, 'You are my father'; To the worm, 'my mother and my sister';

King James Bible
I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister.

Christian Standard Bible
and say to corruption, "You are my father," and to the maggot, "My mother" or "My sister,"

Contemporary English Version
Then I could greet the grave as my father and say to the worms, "Hello, mother and sisters!"

Good News Translation
I will call the grave my father, and the worms that eat me I will call my mother and my sisters.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and say to corruption: You are my father, and to the maggot: My mother or my sister,

International Standard Version
if I call out to the Pit, 'You're my father!' or say to the worm, 'My mother!' or 'My sister!'

NET Bible
If I cry to corruption, 'You are my father,' and to the worm, 'My Mother,' or 'My sister,'

New Heart English Bible
If I have said to corruption, 'You are my father;' to the worm, 'My mother,' and 'my sister;'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
if I say to the pit, 'You are my father,' and to the worm, 'You are my mother and sister,'

JPS Tanakh 1917
If I have said to corruption: 'Thou art my father', To the worm: 'Thou art my mother, and my sister';

New American Standard 1977
If I call to the pit, ‘You are my father’; To the worm, ‘my mother and my sister’;

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have said to the pit, Thou art my father; to the worms, my mother, and my sister.

King James 2000 Bible
I have said to corruption, You are my father: to the worm, You are my mother, and my sister.

American King James Version
I have said to corruption, You are my father: to the worm, You are my mother, and my sister.

American Standard Version
If I have said to corruption, Thou art my father; To the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I have called upon death to be my father, and corruption to be my mother and sister.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I have said to rottenness: Thou art my father; to worms, my mother and my sister.

Darby Bible Translation
I cry to the grave, Thou art my father! to the worm, My mother, and my sister!

English Revised Version
If I have said to corruption, Thou art my father; to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister;

Webster's Bible Translation
I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister.

World English Bible
If I have said to corruption, 'You are my father;' to the worm, 'My mother,' and 'my sister;'

Young's Literal Translation
To corruption I have called: -- 'Thou art my father.' 'My mother' and 'my sister' -- to the worm.
Study Bible
Job Prepares for Death
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,’ 15where then is my hope? Who can see any hope for me?…
Cross References
Job 7:5
My flesh is clothed with worms and encrusted with dirt; my skin is cracked and festering.

Job 13:28
So man wastes away like something rotten, like a moth-eaten garment.

Job 21:26
But together they lie down in the dust, and worms cover them both.

Job 25:6
how much less man, who is but a maggot, and the son of man, who is but a worm!"

Job 30:30
My skin grows black and peels, and my bones burn with fever.

Treasury of Scripture

I have said to corruption, You are my father: to the worm, You are my mother, and my sister.

said.

Job 21:32,33
Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb…

Psalm 16:10
For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Psalm 49:9
That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.

to the worm

Job 19:26
And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

Job 24:20
The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree.

Isaiah 14:11
Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.







Lexicon
and say
קָ֭רָאתִי (qā·rā·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7121: To call, proclaim, read

to corruption,
לַשַּׁ֣חַת (laš·ša·ḥaṯ)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7845: A pit, destruction

‘You [are]
אָ֑תָּה (’āt·tāh)
Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

my father,’
אָ֣בִי (’ā·ḇî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1: Father

and to the worm,
לָֽרִמָּֽה׃ (lā·rim·māh)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7415: A maggot

‘My mother,’
אִמִּ֥י (’im·mî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 517: A mother, )

or ‘My sister,’
וַ֝אֲחֹתִ֗י (wa·’ă·ḥō·ṯî)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 269: Sister -- a sister
Verse 14. - I have said to corruption, Thou art my father; i.e. I do not murmur; I accept my lot; I am ready to lie down with corruption, and embrace it, and call it "my father," and henceforth remain with it. The idea that the soul is still with the body in the grave, more or less closely attached to it, and sensible of its condition and changes, was widely prevalent in the ancient world. Where bodies were simply buried, the horrible imagination of a close association with corruption naturally and almost necessarily intruded itself, and led to such reflections as those of Job in this verse. It was partly to get rid of this terrible nightmare that the Egyptians were so careful to embalm the bodies of their dead, and that the Babylonians deposited them in baked clay coffins, which they filled with honey (Herod., 1:198); while others still more effectually prevented the process of corruption by cremation. The modern revival of cremation is remarkable as indicating a peculiar form of atavism or recurrence to ancient types. For many ages after the coming of Christ, men so separated between the soul and the body after death that the corruption of the grave had no horror for them. Now materialistic ideas have so far recurred, that many of those who believe the soul to live on after death are doubtful whether it may not still be attached to the body more or less, end, dreading contact with the corruption, of the latter, fall back upon the old remedy. To the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister. An expansion of the idea contained in the previous clause. 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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