New International Version
Will it go down to the gates of death? Will we descend together into the dust?"
King James Bible
They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.
Darby Bible Translation
It shall go down to the bars of Sheol, when [our] rest shall be together in the dust.
World English Bible
Shall it go down with me to the gates of Sheol, or descend together into the dust?"
Young's Literal Translation
To the parts of Sheol ye go down, If together on the dust we may rest.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They shall go down to the bars of the pit - All that I have must descend into the depths of the grave. Thither are we all going; and there alone can I rest. בדי baddey, which we translate bars, signifies also branches, distended limbs, or claws, and may here refer either to a personification of the grave, a monster who seizes on human bodies, and keeps them fast in his deadly gripe; or to the different branching-off-alleys in subterranean cemeteries, or catacombs, in which niches are made for the reception of different bodies.
When our rest together is in the dust - That is, according to some critics, My hope and myself shall descend together into the grave. It shall never be realized, for the time of my departure is at hand.
In those times what deep shades hung on the state of man after death, and on every thing pertaining to the eternal world! Perplexity and uncertainty were the consequences; and a corresponding gloom often dwelt on the minds of even the best of the Old Testament believers. Job's friends, though learned in all the wisdom of the Arabians, connected with the advantages derivable from the Mosaic writings, and perhaps those of the earlier prophets, had little clear or distinct in their minds relative to all subjects post mortem, or of the invisible world. Job himself, though sometimes strongly confident, is often harassed with doubts and fears upon the subject, insomuch that his sayings and experience often appear contradictory. Perhaps it could not be otherwise; the true light was not then come: Jesus alone brought life and immortality to light by his Gospel.
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"He is Faithful that Promised." "The righteous shall hold on his way."--JOB xvii. 9. Persevering Grace. Reader! how comforting to thee amid the ebbings and flowings of thy changing history, to know that the change is all with thee, and not with thy God! Thy spiritual bark may be tossed on waves of temptation, in many a dark midnight. Thou mayest think thy pilot hath left thee, and be ready continually to say, "Where is my God?" But fear not! The bark which bears thy spiritual destinies is in better …
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Another Shorter Evening Prayer.
There the wicked cease from turmoil, and there the weary are at rest.
"My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and they come to an end without hope.
As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so one who goes down to the grave does not return.
Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:
The soil in the valley is sweet to them; everyone follows after them, and a countless throng goes before them.
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