Job 27:16
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New International Version
Though he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay,

King James Bible
Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;

Darby Bible Translation
Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare clothing as the clay;

World English Bible
Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare clothing as the clay;

Young's Literal Translation
If he heap up as dust silver, And as clay prepare clothing,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Though he heap up silver - Though he amass riches in the greatest abundance, he shall not enjoy them. Unsanctified wealth is a curse to its possessor. Money, of all earthly possessions, is the most dangerous, as it is the readiest agent to do good or evil. He that perverts it is doubly cursed, because it affords him the most immediate means of sinful gratification; and he can sin more in an hour through this, than he can in a day or week by any other kind of property. On the other hand, they who use it aright have it in their power to do the most prompt and immediate good. Almost every kind of want may be speedily relieved by it. Hence, he who uses it as he ought is doubly blessed; while he who abuses it is doubly cursed.

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Job 22:24 Then shall you lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.

1 Kings 10:27 And the king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he to be as the sycomore trees that are in the vale...

Habakkuk 2:6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say...

Zechariah 9:3 And Tyrus did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets.

prepare raiment (D'Herbelot tells us, that Bokhten, an illustrious poet of Cufah, in the

9th century, had so many presents made him, that at his death he was found possessed of

100 suits of clothes,

200 shirts, and

500 turbans.)

Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

James 5:2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.

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The Touchstone of Godly Sincerity
Who, then, is this "wicked man," thus portrayed before us? And what are the first symptoms of his depravity? We ask not the question idly, but in order that we take heed against the uprise of such an evil in ourselves. "Beneath the saintly veil the votary of sin May lurk unseen; and to that eye alone Which penetrates the heart, may stand revealed." The hypocrite is very often an exceedingly neat imitation of the Christian. To the common observer he is so good a counterfeit that he entirely escapes
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 17: 1871

Wesley in St. Albans Abbey
Monday, July 30.--l preached at Bingham, ten miles from Nottingham. I really admired the exquisite stupidity of the people. They gaped and stared while I was speaking of death and judgment, as if they had never heard of such things before. And they were not helped by two surly, ill-mannered clergymen, who seemed to be just as wise as themselves. The congregation at Houghton in the evening was more noble, behaving with the utmost decency. Tuesday, 31.--At nine I preached in the market place at Loughborough,
John Wesley—The Journal of John Wesley

Cross References
Job 3:15
with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver.

Job 15:29
He will no longer be rich and his wealth will not endure, nor will his possessions spread over the land.

Job 20:10
His children must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth.

Job 27:15
The plague will bury those who survive him, and their widows will not weep for them.

Job 27:17
what he lays up the righteous will wear, and the innocent will divide his silver.

Proverbs 13:22
A good person leaves an inheritance for their children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous.

Ecclesiastes 2:26
To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

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