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

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

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

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

They shall go down to the bars of the pit - All that I have must descend into the depths of the grave. Thither are we all going; and there alone can I rest. בדי baddey, which we translate bars, signifies also branches, distended limbs, or claws, and may here refer either to a personification of the grave, a monster who seizes on human bodies, and keeps them fast in his deadly gripe; or to the different branching-off-alleys in subterranean cemeteries, or catacombs, in which niches are made for the reception of different bodies.

When our rest together is in the dust - That is, according to some critics, My hope and myself shall descend together into the grave. It shall never be realized, for the time of my departure is at hand.

In those times what deep shades hung on the state of man after death, and on every thing pertaining to the eternal world! Perplexity and uncertainty were the consequences; and a corresponding gloom often dwelt on the minds of even the best of the Old Testament believers. Job's friends, though learned in all the wisdom of the Arabians, connected with the advantages derivable from the Mosaic writings, and perhaps those of the earlier prophets, had little clear or distinct in their minds relative to all subjects post mortem, or of the invisible world. Job himself, though sometimes strongly confident, is often harassed with doubts and fears upon the subject, insomuch that his sayings and experience often appear contradictory. Perhaps it could not be otherwise; the true light was not then come: Jesus alone brought life and immortality to light by his Gospel.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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 keeps 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 has no strength...

Psalm 143:7 Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit fails: hide not your face from me, lest I be like to them that go down into the pit.

Isaiah 38:17,18 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but you have in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption...

Jonah 2:6 I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever...


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

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

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

9Th Day. Persevering Grace.
"He is Faithful that Promised." "The righteous shall hold on his way."--JOB xvii. 9. Persevering Grace. Reader! how comforting to thee amid the ebbings and flowings of thy changing history, to know that the change is all with thee, and not with thy God! Thy spiritual bark may be tossed on waves of temptation, in many a dark midnight. Thou mayest think thy pilot hath left thee, and be ready continually to say, "Where is my God?" But fear not! The bark which bears thy spiritual destinies is in better
John Ross Macduff—The Faithful Promiser

Another Shorter Evening Prayer.
O eternal God and heavenly Father, if I were not taught and assured by the promises of thy gospel, and the examples of Peter, Mary Magdalene, the publican, the prodigal child, and many other penitent sinners, that thou art so full of compassion, and so ready to forgive the greatest sinners, who are heaviest laden with sin, at what time soever they return unto thee with penitent hearts, lamenting their sins, and imploring thy grace, I should despair for mine own sins, and be utterly discouraged from
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

Cross References
Job 3:17
There the wicked cease from turmoil, and there the weary are at rest.

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

Job 7:9
As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so one who goes down to the grave does not return.

Job 18:1
Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:

Job 21:33
The soil in the valley is sweet to them; everyone follows after them, and a countless throng goes before them.

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