Job 17:16
New International Version
Will it go down to the gates of death? Will we descend together into the dust?"

New Living Translation
No, my hope will go down with me to the grave. We will rest together in the dust!”

English Standard Version
Will it go down to the bars of Sheol? Shall we descend together into the dust?”

Berean Study Bible
Will it go down to the gates of Sheol? Will we go down together into the dust?”

New American Standard Bible
"Will it go down with me to Sheol? Shall we together go down into the dust?"

New King James Version
Will they go down to the gates of Sheol? Shall we have rest together in the dust?”

King James Bible
They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.

Christian Standard Bible
Will it go down to the gates of Sheol, or will we descend together to the dust?

Contemporary English Version
Will it keep me company in the world of the dead?

Good News Translation
Hope will not go with me when I go down to the world of the dead.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Will it go down to the gates of Sheol, or will we descend together to the dust?

International Standard Version
Will it go down to the bars that lock the doors of the afterlife? Will we descend together into the dust?"

NET Bible
Will it go down to the barred gates of death? Will we descend together into the dust?"

New Heart English Bible
Shall it go down with me to the gates of Sheol, or descend together into the dust?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Will hope go down with me to the gates of the grave? Will my hope rest with me in the dust?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
They shall go down to the bars of the nether-world, When we are at rest together in the dust.

New American Standard 1977
“Will it go down with me to Sheol? Shall we together go down into the dust?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
They shall go down to the bars of Sheol, and together they shall rest in the dust.

King James 2000 Bible
They shall go down to the gates of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.

American King James Version
They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.

American Standard Version
It shall go down to the bars of Sheol, When once there is rest in the dust.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Will they go down with me to Hades, or shall we go down together to the tomb?

Douay-Rheims Bible
All that I have shall go down into the deepest pit: thinkest thou that there at least I shall have rest?

Darby Bible Translation
It shall go down to the bars of Sheol, when [our] rest shall be together in the dust.

English Revised Version
It shall go down to the bars of Sheol, when once there is rest in the dust.

Webster's Bible Translation
They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is 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.
Study Bible
Job Prepares for Death
15where then is my hope? Who can see any hope for me? 16Will it go down to the gates of Sheol? Will we go down together into the dust?”
Cross References
Job 3:17
There the wicked cease from raging, and there the weary find rest.

Job 7:6
My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle; they come to an end without hope.

Job 7:9
As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so he who goes down to Sheol will never rise again.

Job 18:1
Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:

Job 21:33
The clods of the valley are sweet to him; everyone follows behind him, and those before him are without number.

Treasury of Scripture

They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.

the bars of the pit

Job 18:13,14
It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength…

Job 33:18-28
He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword…

Psalm 88:4-8
I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength: …

rest

Job 3:17-19
There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest…

Ezekiel 37:11
Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.

2 Corinthians 1:9
But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:







Lexicon
Will it go down
תֵּרַ֑דְנָה (tê·raḏ·nāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3381: To come or go down, descend

to the gates
בַּדֵּ֣י (bad·dê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 905: Separation, a part of the body, branch of a, tree, bar for, carrying, chief of

of Sheol?
שְׁאֹ֣ל (šə·’ōl)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7585: Underworld (place to which people descend at death)

Will we go down
נָֽחַת׃ (nā·ḥaṯ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5183: A descent, imposition, unfavorable, favorable, restfulness

together
יַ֖חַד (ya·ḥaḏ)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3162: A unit, unitedly

into
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the dust?”
עָפָ֣ר (‘ā·p̄ār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6083: Dust, clay, earth, mud
(16) They shall go down to the bars of the pit.--The last verse of this chapter, which is itself one of the most difficult, is the most difficult of all. The difficulty consists in this: the bars of the grave are masculine, and the verb, they shall go down, is feminine plural; it seems improbable that the bars of the grave should be the subject of the verb (though perhaps not absolutely impossible); but if the bars of the grave are the place to which the going down is, as in the Authorised Version, then what is the subject to the verb, go down, seeing that hope, the apparent subject, is a feminine singular? Some render "it shall go down," but this is in defiance of the grammar, though, probably, the meaning it conveys is not far from the truth. The words clearly express a condition of utter despair, and that Job's only hope of rest is in the grave. It is a rule in Hebrew grammar that when the verb precedes its subject it need not agree with it in gender or number; but here the verb must, at all events, come after its subject, and consequently, it is very difficult to determine what that subject is. The only apparent subject is to be found in the corruption of the worm of Job 17:14; but they, instead of going down to the grave, are already there.

Verse 16. - They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust. There is great difficulty in determining the subject to the verb "go down," which is the third person plural feminine, whereas the only plural substantive at all near - the word translated "bars" - is masculine. Some suppose Job's hopes to be meant, "hope" in the preceding verse having the force of any number of "hopes" (so the R.V.) Others disregard the grammatical difficulty of the plural feminine verb, and, making "bars" the nominative, translate, "The bars of Sheol shall go down," i.e. "be broken down, perish;" or interrogatively, "Shall the bars of Sheol go down?" This rendering is thought to be "in harmony with the whole undercurrent of thought in the chapter;" but it has not approved itself to many commentators. The present commentator must acknowledge that he is unable to attach any satisfactory meaning to the words of the Hebrew text.



17:10-16 Job's friends had pretended to comfort him with the hope of his return to a prosperous estate; he here shows that those do not go wisely about the work of comforting the afflicted, who fetch their comforts from the possibility of recovery in this world. It is our wisdom to comfort ourselves, and others, in distress, with that which will not fail; the promise of God, his love and grace, and a well-grounded hope of eternal life. See how Job reconciles himself to the grave. Let this make believers willing to die; it is but going to bed; they are weary, and it is time that they were in their beds. Why should not they go willingly when their Father calls them? Let us remember our bodies are allied to corruption, the worm and the dust; and let us seek for that lively hope which shall be fulfilled, when the hope of the wicked shall be put out in darkness; that when our bodies are in the grave, our souls may enjoy the rest reserved for the people of God.
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