New American Standard Bible
Or with princes who had gold, Who were filling their houses with silver.
King James Bible
Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:
Darby Bible Translation
Or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver;
World English Bible
or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver:
Young's Literal Translation
Or with princes -- they have gold, They are filling their houses with silver.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Or with princes that had gold - That is, he would have been united with the rich and the great. Is there not here too also a slight evidence of the fondness for wealth, which might have been one of the errors of this good man? Would it not seem that such was his estimate of the importance of being esteemed rich, that he would count it an honor to be united with the affluent in death, rather than be subjected to a condition of poverty and want among the living?
Who filled their houses with silver - Rosenmuller supposes that there is reference here to the custom among the ancients of burying treasures with the dead, and that the word "houses" refers to the tombs or mausoleums which they erected. That such a custom prevailed, there can be no doubt. Josephus informs us that large quantities of treasure were buried in the tomb with David, which afterward was taken out for the supply of an army; and Schultens ("in loc.") says that the custom prevailed extensively among the Arabs. The custom of burying valuable objects with the dead was practiced also among the aborigines of N. America, and is to this day practiced in Africa. If this be the sense here, then the idea of Job was, that he would have been in his grave united with those who even there were accompanied with wealth, rather than suffering the loss of all his property as he was among the living.
LibraryThe Sorrowful Man's Question
"Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?"--Job 3:23. I AM VERY THANKFUL that so many of you are glad and happy. There is none too much joy in the world, and the more that any of us can create, the better. It should be a part of our happiness, and a man part of it, to try to make other people glad. "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people," is a commission which many of us ought to feel is entrusted to us. If your own cup of joy is full, let it run over to others who …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 46: 1900
Whether it is Lawful to Curse an Irrational Creature?
Death Swallowed up in victory
Meditations for the Morning.
"Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be, As infants that never saw light.
"He pours contempt on nobles And loosens the belt of the strong.
"Though he piles up silver like dust And prepares garments as plentiful as the clay,
He may prepare it, but the just will wear it And the innocent will divide the silver.
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