Job 21:26
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New International Version
Side by side they lie in the dust, and worms cover them both.

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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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

They shall lie down alike in the dust - Death levels all distinctions, and the grave makes all equal. There may be a difference in the grave itself; but the human corpse is the same in all. Splendid monuments enshrine corruption; but the sod must lie close and heavy upon the putrefying carcass, to prevent it from becoming the bane of the living.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Job 3:18,19 There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor...

Job 20:11 His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.

Ecclesiastes 9:2 All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean...

the worms

Job 17:14 I have said to corruption, You are my father: to the worm, You are my mother, and my sister.

Job 19:26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

Psalm 49:14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning...

Isaiah 14:11 Your pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of your viols: the worm is spread under you, and the worms cover you.

Not Now, but Hereafter!
It is mainly my business, today, to deal with those who may wickedly continue in sin because their judgment tarries. If the Lord does not in this world visit the ungodly with stripes, this is but the surer evidence that in the world to come there is a solemn retribution for the impenitent. If the affliction which is here accorded to men be not the punishment of sin, we turn to Scripture and discover what that punishment will be, and we are soon informed that it is something far heavier than any calamities
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 7: 1861

Whether the Rewards Assigned to the Beatitudes Refer to this Life?
Objection 1: It would seem that the rewards assigned to the beatitudes do not refer to this life. Because some are said to be happy because they hope for a reward, as stated above [1672](A[1]). Now the object of hope is future happiness. Therefore these rewards refer to the life to come. Objection 2: Further, certain punishments are set down in opposition to the beatitudes, Lk. 6:25, where we read: "Woe to you that are filled; for you shall hunger. Woe to you that now laugh, for you shall mourn and
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

How Christ is the Way in General, "I am the Way. "
We come now to speak more particularly to the words; and, first, Of his being a way. Our design being to point at the way of use-making of Christ in all our necessities, straits, and difficulties which are in our way to heaven; and particularly to point out the way how believers should make use of Christ in all their particular exigencies; and so live by faith in him, walk in him, grow up in him, advance and march forward toward glory in him. It will not be amiss to speak of this fulness of Christ
John Brown (of Wamphray)—Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life

The Sovereignty of God in Salvation
"O the depths of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgements, and His ways past finding out" (Rom. 11:33). "Salvation is of the LORD" (Jonah 2:9); but the Lord does not save all. Why not? He does save some; then if He saves some, why not others? Is it because they are too sinful and depraved? No; for the Apostle wrote, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief" (1
Arthur W. Pink—The Sovereignty of God

Cross References
Job 3:13
For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest

Job 17:14
if I say to corruption, 'You are my father,' and to the worm, 'My mother' or 'My sister,'

Job 20:11
The youthful vigor that fills his bones will lie with him in the dust.

Job 21:25
Another dies in bitterness of soul, never having enjoyed anything good.

Job 21:27
"I know full well what you are thinking, the schemes by which you would wrong me.

Job 24:20
The womb forgets them, the worm feasts on them; the wicked are no longer remembered but are broken like a tree.

Ecclesiastes 9:2
All share a common destiny--the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not. As it is with the good, so with the sinful; as it is with those who take oaths, so with those who are afraid to take them.

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