New American Standard Bible
"The small and the great are there, And the slave is free from his master.
King James Bible
The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.
Darby Bible Translation
The small and great are there, and the bondman freed from his master.
World English Bible
The small and the great are there. The servant is free from his master.
Young's Literal Translation
Small and great are there the same. And a servant is free from his lord.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The small and the great are there - The old and the young, the high and the low. Death levels all. It shows no respect to age; it spares none because they are vigorous, young, or beautiful. This sentiment has probably been expressed in various forms in all languages, for all people are made deeply sensible of its truth. The Classic reader will recall the ancient proverb,
Mors sceptra ligonibus aequat,
And the language of Horace:
Aequae lege Necessitas
Sortitur insignes et imos.
Omne capax movet urna nomen.
Tristis unda scilicet omnibus,
Quicunque terrae munere vescimur,
Enaviganda, sive reges,
Sive inopes erimus coloni.
Divesne prisco natus ab lnacho
Nil interest, an pauper et infima
De gente sub dio moreris
Victima nil miserantis Orci.
LibraryThe Sorrowful Man's Question
"Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?"--Job 3:23. I AM VERY THANKFUL that so many of you are glad and happy. There is none too much joy in the world, and the more that any of us can create, the better. It should be a part of our happiness, and a man part of it, to try to make other people glad. "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people," is a commission which many of us ought to feel is entrusted to us. If your own cup of joy is full, let it run over to others who …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 46: 1900
Whether it is Lawful to Curse an Irrational Creature?
Death Swallowed up in victory
Meditations for the Morning.
"The prisoners are at ease together; They do not hear the voice of the taskmaster.
"Why is light given to him who suffers, And life to the bitter of soul,
"The clods of the valley will gently cover him; Moreover, all men will follow after him, While countless ones go before him.
"For I know that You will bring me to death And to the house of meeting for all living.
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