Job 21:33
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New International Version
The soil in the valley is sweet to them; everyone follows after them, and a countless throng goes before them.

New Living Translation
A great funeral procession goes to the cemetery. Many pay their respects as the body is laid to rest, and the earth gives sweet repose.

English Standard Version
The clods of the valley are sweet to him; all mankind follows after him, and those who go before him are innumerable.

Berean Study Bible
The clods of the valley are sweet to him; everyone follows behind him, and those before him are without number.

New American Standard Bible
"The clods of the valley will gently cover him; Moreover, all men will follow after him, While countless ones go before him.

King James Bible
The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.

Christian Standard Bible
The dirt on his grave is sweet to him. Everyone follows behind him, and those who go before him are without number.

Contemporary English Version
the earth welcomes them home, while crowds mourn.

Good News Translation
thousands join the funeral procession, and even the earth lies gently on their bodies.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The dirt on his grave is sweet to him. Everyone follows behind him, and those who go before him are without number.

International Standard Version
The runoff from the streams will seem sweet to him; everyone will follow after him; countless crows march ahead of him.

NET Bible
The clods of the torrent valley are sweet to him; behind him everybody follows in procession, and before him goes a countless throng.

New Heart English Bible
The clods of the valley shall be sweet to him. All men shall draw after him, as there were innumerable before him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The soil in the creekbed is sweet to him. Everyone follows him. Countless others went before him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The clods of the valley are sweet unto him, And all men draw after him, As there were innumerable before him.

New American Standard 1977
“The clods of the valley will gently cover him; Moreover, all men will follow after him, While countless ones go before him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The clods of the river valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall be drawn after him, as there were innumerable before him.

King James 2000 Bible
The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall follow after him, as there are innumerable gone before him.

American King James Version
The clods of the valley shall be sweet to him, and every man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.

American Standard Version
The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, And all men shall draw after him, As there were innumerable before him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He hath been acceptable to the gravel of Cocytus, and he shall draw every man after him, and there are innumerable before him.

Darby Bible Translation
The clods of the valley are sweet unto him; and every man followeth suit after him, as there were innumerable before him.

English Revised Version
The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and all men shall draw after him, as there were innumerable before him.

Webster's Bible Translation
The clods of the valley will be sweet to him, and every man will draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.

World English Bible
The clods of the valley shall be sweet to him. All men shall draw after him, as there were innumerable before him.

Young's Literal Translation
Sweet to him have been the clods of the valley, And after him every man he draweth, And before him there is no numbering.
Study Bible
Job: God will Punish the Wicked
32He is carried to the grave, and watch is kept over his tomb. 33The clods of the valley are sweet to him; everyone follows behind him, and those before him are without number. 34So how can you comfort me with empty words? For your answers remain full of falsehood.”…
Cross References
Job 3:19
Both small and great are there, and the slave is freed from his master.

Job 3:22
who rejoice and greatly exult when they can find the grave?

Job 17:16
Will it go down to the gates of Sheol? Will we go down together into the dust?"

Job 21:32
He is carried to the grave, and watch is kept over his tomb.

Job 24:24
They are exalted for a moment, then they are gone; they are brought low and gathered up like all others; they are cut off like heads of grain.

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(33) The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him.--Death is robbed of its repulsiveness and horror, seeing that all will be glad to join in his funeral procession, and after him all men will draw (in endless procession), and before him they will be without number.

Verse 33. - The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him. In his mausoleum, by the side of the running stream, the very clods of the valley, wherein his tomb is placed, shall be sweet and pleasant to him - death thus losing half its terrors. And all men shall draw after him. Some explain this of the lengthy funeral procession which follows his corpse to the grave, and take the next clause of the multitude, not forming part of the procession, who gather together at the tomb beforehand, waiting to see the obsequies; but, as Rosenmuller remarks, this explanation seems precluded by the previous mention of the funeral procession (ver 32), besides being otherwise unsatisfactory. The real reference is probably to the common topic of consolation implied in the "Omnes eodem cogimur" of Horace. He is happy in his death, or at any rate not unhappy, seeing that he only suffers the common fate. He will draw after him all future men, who will likewise inevitably perish, just as there are innumerable before him, who have travelled the same read and reached the same resting-place. The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him,.... Where he lies interred, alluding to places of interment at the bottom of hills, and mountains, and under rocks, in plains and vales, see Genesis 35:8; and by this strong figure is signified, that the dead wicked man, lying in the clods of the valley in his grave, is in great repose, and in the utmost ease and quiet, feels no pains of body, nor has any uneasiness of mind concerning what befalls his posterity after his death, Job 14:21;

and every man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him; which either respects the pomp at his funeral procession, vast numbers being drawn and gathered together to gaze at it, as is common at grand funerals; and particularly, it may describe the multitude that go before the corpse, as well as those that follow after it; but rather as he is before represented as brought to his grave, and laid there, this clause is added, to denote the universality of death, it being common to all; thousands and ten thousands, even a number which no man can number, have gone before him by death into another world, as every man that comes after him must; and so this may prevent an objection to the grandeur of a wicked man, that after all he dies; but then death is no other than what is common to all men, to the vast multitudes that have gone before, and will be the case of all that come after, to the end of the world. 33. As the classic saying has it, "The earth is light upon him." His repose shall be "sweet."

draw—follow. He shall share the common lot of mortals; no worse off than they (Heb 9:27). Umbreit not so well (for it is not true of "every man"). "Most men follow in his bad steps, as countless such preceded him."21:27-34 Job opposes the opinion of his friends, That the wicked are sure to fall into visible and remarkable ruin, and none but the wicked; upon which principle they condemned Job as wicked. Turn to whom you will, you will find that the punishment of sinners is designed more for the other world than for this, Jude 1:14,15. The sinner is here supposed to live in a great deal of power. The sinner shall have a splendid funeral: a poor thing for any man to be proud of the prospect of. He shall have a stately monument. And a valley with springs of water to keep the turf green, was accounted an honourable burial place among eastern people; but such things are vain distinctions. Death closes his prosperity. It is but a poor encouragement to die, that others have died before us. That which makes a man die with true courage, is, with faith to remember that Jesus Christ died and was laid in the grave, not only before us, but for us. That He hath gone before us, and died for us, who is alive and liveth for us, is true consolation in the hour of death.
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