Job 27:17
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New American Standard Bible
He may prepare it, but the just will wear it And the innocent will divide the silver.

King James Bible
He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.

Darby Bible Translation
He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on; and the innocent shall divide the silver.

World English Bible
he may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.

Young's Literal Translation
He prepareth -- and the righteous putteth it on, And the silver the innocent doth apportion.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

The just shall put it on - The righteous shall wear it. It shall pass out of the hands of him who prepared it, into the hands of others. The meaning is, that the wicked, though they become rich, would not live to enjoy their ill-gotten gains. These two verses contain a beautiful illustration of what Dr. Jebb calls the introverted parallelism - where the fourth member answers to the first, and the third to the second:

"Though he heap up silver as the dust,

And prepare raiment as the clay,

The just shall put it (raiment) on,

And the innocent shall divide the silver."

A similar instance occurs in Matthew 7:6 :

"Give not that which is holy unto the dogs,

Neither cast ye your pearls before swine,

Lest they (the swine) trample them under their feet.

And (the dogs) turn again and rend you."

For a full illustration of the nature of Hebrew poetry, the reader may consult DeWette, Einleitung in die Psalmen, translated in the Biblical Repository, vol. iii. pp. 445ff, and Nordheimer's Hebrew Grammar, vol. ii. pp. 319ff; see also the Introduction to Job, Section V.

The innocent shall divide the silver - That is, the righteous shall come into possession of it, and divide it among themselves. The wicked who had gained it shall not be permitted to enjoy it.

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On the Interior Man
The interior man is the rational soul; in the apostle: have in your hearts, in the interior man, Christ through faith. [Eph. 3:16] His head is Christ; in the apostle: the head of the man is Christ. [I Cor. 11:3] The crown of the head is the height of righteousness; in Solomon: for the crown of your head has received the crown of grace. The same in a bad part: the crown of hairs having walked about in their own delights, that is, in the height of iniquity. [Prov. 4:9; Ps. 67(68):22(21)] The hair is
St. Eucherius of Lyons—The Formulae of St. Eucherius of Lyons

The Sinner Arraigned and Convicted.
1. Conviction of guilt necessary.--2. A charge of rebellion against God advanced.--3. Where it is shown--that all men are born under God's law.--4. That no man hath perfectly kept it.--5. An appeal to the reader's conscience on this head, that he hath not.--6. That to have broken it, is an evil inexpressibly great.--7. Illustrated by a more particular view of the aggravations of this guilt, arising--from knowledge.--8. From divine favors received.--9. From convictions of conscience overborne.--10.
Philip Doddridge—The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul

Cross References
Job 3:15
Or with princes who had gold, Who were filling their houses with silver.

Job 15:29
"He will not become rich, nor will his wealth endure; And his grain will not bend down to the ground.

Job 20:10
"His sons favor the poor, And his hands give back his wealth.

Job 20:18
"He returns what he has attained And cannot swallow it; As to the riches of his trading, He cannot even enjoy them.

Job 27:16
"Though he piles up silver like dust And prepares garments as plentiful as the clay,

Proverbs 13:22
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

Proverbs 28:8
He who increases his wealth by interest and usury Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.

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