Job 25:6
New International Version
how much less a mortal, who is but a maggot-- a human being, who is only a worm!"

New Living Translation
In comparison, people are maggots; we mortals are mere worms.”

English Standard Version
how much less man, who is a maggot, and the son of man, who is a worm!”

Berean Study Bible
how much less man, who is but a maggot, and the son of man, who is but a worm!”

New American Standard Bible
How much less man, that maggot, And the son of man, that worm!"

King James Bible
How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?

Christian Standard Bible
how much less a human, who is a maggot, a son of man, who is a worm!

Contemporary English Version
So how can we humans, when we are merely worms?

Good News Translation
Then what about a human being, that worm, that insect? What is a human life worth in God's eyes?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
how much less man, who is a maggot, and the son of man, who is a worm!

International Standard Version
How much less is man, who is only a maggot, or a man's children, who are only worms!"

NET Bible
how much less a mortal man, who is but a maggot--a son of man, who is only a worm!"

New Heart English Bible
How much less man, who is a worm, the son of man, who is a worm."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How much less pure is a mortal-who is only a maggot- a descendant of Adam-who is only a worm!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
How much less man, that is a worm! And the son of man, that is a maggot!

New American Standard 1977
How much less man, that maggot, And the son of man, that worm!”

Jubilee Bible 2000
How much less man, who is as a worm, and the son of man, who is also a worm?

King James 2000 Bible
How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, who is a worm?

American King James Version
How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?

American Standard Version
How much less man, that is a worm! And the son of man, that is a worm!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But alas! man is corruption, and the son of man a worm.

Douay-Rheims Bible
How much less man that is rottenness and the son of man who is a worm?

Darby Bible Translation
How much less man, a worm, and the son of man, a worm!

English Revised Version
How much less man, that is a worm! and the son of man, which is a worm!

Webster's Bible Translation
How much less man, that is a worm; and the son of man, who is a worm?

World English Bible
How much less man, who is a worm, the son of man, who is a worm!"

Young's Literal Translation
How much less man -- a grub, And the son of man -- a worm!
Study Bible
Bildad: Man Cannot Be Righteous
5If even the moon does not shine, and the stars are not pure in His sight, 6how much less man, who is but a maggot, and the son of man, who is but a worm!”
Cross References
Job 7:17
What is man that You should exalt him, that You should set Your heart upon him,

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

Job 26:1
Then Job answered:

Psalm 22:6
But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people.

Isaiah 41:14
Do not fear, O worm Jacob, O few men of Israel. I will help you, declares the LORD. Your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.

Treasury of Scripture

How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?

How much less, etc.

Job 4:19
How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?

Genesis 18:27
And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:

Psalm 22:6
But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.







Lexicon
how much less
אַ֭ף (’ap̄)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 637: Meaning accession, yea, adversatively though

man,
אֱנ֣וֹשׁ (’ĕ·nō·wōš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 582: Man, mankind

who is but a maggot,
רִמָּ֑ה (rim·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7415: A maggot

and the son
וּבֶן־ (ū·ḇen-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

of man,
אָ֝דָ֗ם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being

who is but a worm!”
תּוֹלֵעָֽה׃ (tō·w·lê·‘āh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8438: The crimson-grub, of the color, from it, cloths dyed therewith
(6) How much less man . . .--Comp. Psalm 8:4; Psalm 22:6; Isaiah 41:14, &c.

Verse 6. - How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm? (comp. Psalm 22:6). How much less can man be pure in God's sight? An undoubted truth, or rather, perhaps, a truism, but not to the point, for Job has never really maintained that he is without sin (see ch. 7:20, 21; 9:2, 20, etc.). He has only maintained that his sins have not been of such a character as to account for his sufferings.



25:1-6 Bildad shows that man cannot be justified before God. - Bildad drops the question concerning the prosperity of wicked men; but shows the infinite distance there is between God and man. He represents to Job some truths he had too much overlooked. Man's righteousness and holiness, at the best, are nothing in comparison with God's, Ps 89:6. As God is so great and glorious, how can man, who is guilty and impure, appear before him? We need to be born again of water and of the Holy Ghost, and to be bathed again and again in the blood of Christ, that Fountain opened, Zec 13:1. We should be humbled as mean, guilty, polluted creatures, and renounce self-dependence. But our vileness will commend Christ's condescension and love; the riches of his mercy and the power of his grace will be magnified to all eternity by every sinner he redeems.
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