New International Version
Side by side they lie in the dust, and worms cover them both.
King James Bible
They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.
Darby Bible Translation
Together they lie down in the dust, and the worms cover them.
World English Bible
They lie down alike in the dust. The worm covers them.
Young's Literal Translation
Together -- on the dust they lie down, And the worm doth cover them over.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They shall lie down alike in the dust - Death levels all distinctions, and the grave makes all equal. There may be a difference in the grave itself; but the human corpse is the same in all. Splendid monuments enshrine corruption; but the sod must lie close and heavy upon the putrefying carcass, to prevent it from becoming the bane of the living.
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It is mainly my business, today, to deal with those who may wickedly continue in sin because their judgment tarries. If the Lord does not in this world visit the ungodly with stripes, this is but the surer evidence that in the world to come there is a solemn retribution for the impenitent. If the affliction which is here accorded to men be not the punishment of sin, we turn to Scripture and discover what that punishment will be, and we are soon informed that it is something far heavier than any calamities …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 7: 1861
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For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest
if I say to corruption, 'You are my father,' and to the worm, 'My mother' or 'My sister,'
The youthful vigor that fills his bones will lie with him in the dust.
Another dies in bitterness of soul, never having enjoyed anything good.
"I know full well what you are thinking, the schemes by which you would wrong me.
The womb forgets them, the worm feasts on them; the wicked are no longer remembered but are broken like a tree.
All share a common destiny--the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not. As it is with the good, so with the sinful; as it is with those who take oaths, so with those who are afraid to take them.
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