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

King James Bible
The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree.

Darby Bible Translation
The womb forgetteth him; the worm feedeth sweetly on him: he shall be no more remembered; and unrighteousness is broken as a tree, --

World English Bible
The womb shall forget him. The worm shall feed sweetly on him. He shall be no more remembered. Unrighteousness shall be broken as a tree.

Young's Literal Translation
Forget him doth the womb, Sweeten on him doth the worm, No more is he remembered, And broken as a tree is wickedness.

Job 24:20 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The womb shall forget him - The mother that bare him shall have no affection for him, nor be afflicted at his death. But the word רחם rechem signifies compassion, mercy. Mercy shall be unmindful of him. How dreadful such a state! When mercy itself forgets the sinner, his perdition slumbereth not. The worm shall feed sweetly on him - The Chaldee has, "The cruel, who have neglected to commiserate the poor, shall be sweet to the worms." He shall be brought into a state of the greatest degradation, and shall be no more remembered.

And wickedness shall be broken as a tree - He shall be as a rotten or decayed tree, easily broken to pieces. If it were clear that עולה avlah, here rendered wickedness, has the same sense as עלה aleh, a leaf, sucker, or shoot, then we might translate according to the ingenious version of Mr. Good; viz., But the shoot shall be broken off as a tree; which might, in this case, be supposed to refer to illicit commerce, the fruit of the womb becoming abortive.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the worm

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:

he shall be

Proverbs 10:7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

Ecclesiastes 8:10 And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy...

Isaiah 26:14 They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore have you visited and destroyed them...

wickedness

Job 14:7-10 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease...

Job 18:16,17 His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off...

Daniel 4:14 He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit...

Matthew 3:10 And now also the ax is laid to the root of the trees: therefore every tree which brings not forth good fruit is hewn down...

Library
Whether the Husband Can on his Own Judgment Put Away his Wife on Account of Fornication?
Objection 1: It would seem that the husband can on his own judgment put away his wife on account of fornication. For when sentence has been pronounced by the judge, it is lawful to carry it out without any further judgment. But God, the just Judge, has pronounced this judgment, that a husband may put his wife away on account of fornication. Therefore no further judgment is required for this. Objection 2: Further, it is stated (Mat. 1:19) that Joseph . . . being a just man . . . "was minded to put"
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Whether the Old Law Set Forth Suitable Precepts About the Members of the Household?
Objection 1: It would seem that the Old Law set forth unsuitable precepts about the members of the household. For a slave "is in every respect his master's property," as the Philosopher states (Polit. i, 2). But that which is a man's property should be his always. Therefore it was unfitting for the Law to command (Ex. 21:2) that slaves should "go out free" in the seventh year. Objection 2: Further, a slave is his master's property, just as an animal, e.g. an ass or an ox. But it is commanded (Dt.
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

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

Job 18:17
The memory of him perishes from the earth; he has no name in the land.

Job 19:10
He tears me down on every side till I am gone; he uproots my hope like a tree.

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

Psalm 34:16
but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth.

Proverbs 10:7
The name of the righteous is used in blessings, but the name of the wicked will rot.

Isaiah 49:15
"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!

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