Job 17:13
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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.

Darby Bible Translation
If I wait, Sheol is my house; I spread 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.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

If I wait - Or more accurately, "truly I expect that the grave will be my home." The word rendered "if" (אם 'ı̂m) is often used in such a sense. The meaning is, "I look certainly to the grave as my home. I have made up my mind to it, and have no other expectation."

The grave - Hebrew שׁאול she'ôl. It may mean here either the grave, or the region of departed spirits, to which he expected soon to descend.

Mine house - My home; my permanent abode.

I have made my bed - I am certain of making my bed there. I shall soon lie down there.

In the darkness - In the grave, or in the dark world to which it leads; see the notes at Job 10:21-22.

Job 17:13 Parallel Commentaries

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Whether Christ Went Down into the Hell of the Lost?
Objection 1: It would seem that Christ went down into the hell of the lost, because it is said by the mouth of Divine Wisdom (Ecclus. 24:45): "I will penetrate to all the lower parts of the earth." But the hell of the lost is computed among the lower parts of the earth according to Ps. 62:10: "They shall go into the lower parts of the earth." Therefore Christ who is the Wisdom of God, went down even into the hell of the lost. Objection 2: Further, Peter says (Acts 2:24) that "God hath raised up Christ,
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Cross References
Job 3:13
"For now I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept then, I would have been at rest,

Job 7:9
"When a cloud vanishes, it is gone, So he who goes down to Sheol does not come up.

Job 17:12
"They make night into day, saying, 'The light is near,' in the presence of darkness.

Ecclesiastes 12:5
Furthermore, men are afraid of a high place and of terrors on the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags himself along, and the caperberry is ineffective. For man goes to his eternal home while mourners go about in the street.

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