New American Standard Bible
"The clods of the valley will gently cover him; Moreover, all men will follow after him, While countless ones go before him.
King James Bible
The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.
Darby Bible Translation
The clods of the valley are sweet unto him; and every man followeth suit after him, as there were innumerable before him.
World English Bible
The clods of the valley shall be sweet to him. All men shall draw after him, as there were innumerable before him.
Young's Literal Translation
Sweet to him have been the clods of the valley, And after him every man he draweth, And before him there is no numbering.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him - That is, he shall lie as calmly as others in the grave. The language here is taken from that delusion of which we all partake when we reflect on death. We think of "ourselves" in the grave, and it is almost impossible to divest our minds of the idea, that we shall be conscious there, and be capable of understanding our condition. The idea here is, that the person who was thus buried, might be sensible of the quiet of his abode, and enjoy, in some measure, the honors of the beautiful or splendid tomb, in which he was buried, and the anxious care of his friends. So we "think" of our friends, though we do not often "express" it. The dear child that is placed in the dark vault, or that is covered up in the ground - we feel as if we could not have him there. We insensibly shudder, as if "he" might be conscious of the darkness and chilliness, and "a part" of our trial arises from this delusion. So felt the American savage - expressing the emotions of the heart, which, in other cases, are often concealed. "At the bottom of a grave, the melting snows had left a little water; and the sight of it chilled and saddened his imagination. 'You have no compassion for my poor brother' - such was the reproach of an Algonquin - 'the air is pleasant, and the sun so cheering, and yet you do not remove the snow from the grave, to warm him a little,' and he knew no contentment until it was done." - Bancroft's History, U. S. iii. 294, 295. The same feeling is expressed by Fingal over the grave of Gaul:
Prepare, ye children of musical strings,
The bed of Gaul, and his sun-beam by him;
Where may be seen his resting place from afar
Which branches high overshadow,
Under the wing of the oak of greenest flourish,
Of quickest growth, and most durable form,
Which will shoot forth its leaves to the breeze of the shower,
While the heath around is still withered.
Its leaves, from the extremity of the land,
Shall be seen by the birds in Summer;
And each bird shall perch, as it arrives,
On a sprig of its verdant branch;
Gaul in this mist shall hear the cheerful note,
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"The small and the great are there, And the slave is free from his master.
Who rejoice greatly, And exult when they find the grave?
"Will it go down with me to Sheol? Shall we together go down into the dust?"
"While he is carried to the grave, Men will keep watch over his tomb.
"They are exalted a little while, then they are gone; Moreover, they are brought low and like everything gathered up; Even like the heads of grain they are cut off.
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