New American Standard Bible
"Together they lie down in the dust, And worms cover them.
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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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
They shall lie down alike in the dust - The emphasis here is on the word "alike" - יחד yachad. The idea is, that they should die "in a similar manner." There would be no such difference in the mode of their death as to determine anything about their character or to show that one was the friend of God, and that the other was not. The friends of Job had maintained, that that could be certainly known by the divine dealings with people, either in their life, or in their death. Job combats this opinion, and says, that there is no such marked distinction in their life, nor is there any certain indication of their character in their death. Prosperity often attends the wicked as well as the righteous, and the death of the righteous and the wicked resemble each other.
And the worms shall cover them - Cover them "both." They shall alike moulder back to dust. There is no distinction in the grave. There is no difference in the manner in which they moulder back to dust. No argument can be drawn respecting their character from the divine dealings toward them when in life - none from the manner of their death - none from the mode in which they moulder back to dust. On the reference to the "worm" here, see the notes at Job 14:11.
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"For now I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept then, I would have been at rest,
If I call to the pit, 'You are my father'; To the worm, 'my mother and my sister';
"His bones are full of his youthful vigor, But it lies down with him in the dust.
While another dies with a bitter soul, Never even tasting anything good.
"Behold, I know your thoughts, And the plans by which you would wrong me.
"A mother will forget him; The worm feeds sweetly till he is no longer remembered. And wickedness will be broken like a tree.
It is the same for all. There is one fate for the righteous and for the wicked; for the good, for the clean and for the unclean; for the man who offers a sacrifice and for the one who does not sacrifice. As the good man is, so is the sinner; as the swearer is, so is the one who is afraid to swear.
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