New Living Translation
But both are buried in the same dust, both eaten by the same maggots.
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.
Job 21:26 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
21:26 Alike - All these worldly differences are ended by death, and they lie in the grave without any distinction. So that no man can tell who is good, and who is bad by events which befall them in this life. And if one wicked man die in a palace, and another in a dungeon, they will meet in the congregation of the dead and damned; and the worm that dieth not, and the fire that is not quenched will be the same to both: which makes those differences inconsiderable, and not worth perplexing ourselves about.
LibraryWhether Every Punishment is Inflicted for a Sin?
Objection 1: It would seem that not every punishment is inflicted for a sin. For it is written (Jn. 9:3, 2) about the man born blind: "Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents . . . that he should be born blind." In like manner we see that many children, those also who have been baptized, suffer grievous punishments, fevers, for instance, diabolical possession, and so forth, and yet there is no sin in them after they have been baptized. Moreover before they are baptized, there is no more sin …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
Whether Anti-Christ May be Called the Head of all the Wicked?
Restraining Prayer: is it Sin?
Sundry Sharp Reproofs
Had I died at birth, I would now be at peace. I would be asleep and at rest.
What if I call the grave my father, and the maggot my mother or my sister?
Though they are young, their bones will lie in the dust.
Another person dies in bitter poverty, never having tasted the good life.
"Look, I know what you're thinking. I know the schemes you plot against me.
Their own mothers will forget them. Maggots will find them sweet to eat. No one will remember them. Wicked people are broken like a tree in the storm.
The same destiny ultimately awaits everyone, whether righteous or wicked, good or bad, ceremonially clean or unclean, religious or irreligious. Good people receive the same treatment as sinners, and people who make promises to God are treated like people who don't.
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