Job 27:19
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New International Version
He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more; when he opens his eyes, all is gone.

King James Bible
The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not.

Darby Bible Translation
He lieth down rich, but will do so no more; he openeth his eyes, and he is not.

World English Bible
He lies down rich, but he shall not do so again. He opens his eyes, and he is not.

Young's Literal Translation
Rich he lieth down, and he is not gathered, His eyes he hath opened, and he is not.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The rich man shall lie down - In the grave. But he shall not be gathered - Neither have a respectable burial among men, nor be gathered with the righteous in the kingdom of God. It may be that Job alludes here to an opinion relative to the state of certain persons after death, prevalent in all nations in ancient times, viz., that those whose funeral rites had not been duly performed, wander about as ghosts, and find no rest.

He openeth his eyes - In the morning of the resurrection.

And he is not - He is utterly lost and undone for ever. This seems to be the plain sense of the passage; and so all the versions appear to have understood it; but Reiske and some others, by making יאסף yeaseph an Arabic word, signifying, not the idea of gathering, but care, anxiety, etc., have quite altered this sense of the passage; and Mr. Good, who copies them, translates thus: Let the rich man lie down, and care not. I see no manner of occasion to resort to this interpretation, which, in my judgment, gives a sense inferior to that given above, or to the following: The rich man shall lie down - go to his rest, fully persuaded that his property is in perfect safety; but he shall not be gathered, or he shall not gather - make any farther addition to his stores: he openeth his eyes in the morning, when he is not - marauders in the night have stripped him of all his property, as in the case of Job himself; a case quite probable, and not unfrequent in Arabia, when a hostile tribe makes a sudden incursion, and carries off an immense booty. But I prefer the first meaning, as it is obtained without crucifying the text. Coverdale translates: When the rich man dyeth, he carieth nothinge with him: he is gone in the twincklinge of an eye.

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shall lie

Job 14:13-15 O that you would hide me in the grave, that you would keep me secret, until your wrath be past, that you would appoint me a set time...

Job 21:23-26,30 One dies in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet...

Job 30:23 For I know that you will bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.

gathered

Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come...

Jeremiah 8:2 And they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all the host of heaven, whom they have loved, and whom they have served...

Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner...

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them which are sent to you...

he openeth

Job 20:7-9 Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he...

Psalm 58:9 Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.

Psalm 73:19,20 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors...

he is not

Job 8:22 They that hate you shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nothing.

Job 14:10,12 But man dies, and wastes away: yes, man gives up the ghost, and where is he...

Job 24:24 They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other...

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The Touchstone of Godly Sincerity
Who, then, is this "wicked man," thus portrayed before us? And what are the first symptoms of his depravity? We ask not the question idly, but in order that we take heed against the uprise of such an evil in ourselves. "Beneath the saintly veil the votary of sin May lurk unseen; and to that eye alone Which penetrates the heart, may stand revealed." The hypocrite is very often an exceedingly neat imitation of the Christian. To the common observer he is so good a counterfeit that he entirely escapes
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 17: 1871

Wesley in St. Albans Abbey
Monday, July 30.--l preached at Bingham, ten miles from Nottingham. I really admired the exquisite stupidity of the people. They gaped and stared while I was speaking of death and judgment, as if they had never heard of such things before. And they were not helped by two surly, ill-mannered clergymen, who seemed to be just as wise as themselves. The congregation at Houghton in the evening was more noble, behaving with the utmost decency. Tuesday, 31.--At nine I preached in the market place at Loughborough,
John Wesley—The Journal of John Wesley

Cross References
Job 7:8
The eye that now sees me will see me no longer; you will look for me, but I will be no more.

Job 7:21
Why do you not pardon my offenses and forgive my sins? For I will soon lie down in the dust; you will search for me, but I will be no more."

Job 20:7
he will perish forever, like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?'

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