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17 There the wicked [rasha`] cease [chadal] from
troubling [rogez]; and there the weary [yagiya`] [koach] be at rest [nuwach].
18 There the prisoners ['aciyr] rest [sha'an] together [yachad]; they hear [shama`] not the
voice [qowl] of the oppressor [nagas].
19 The small [qatan] and great [gadowl] are there; and the servant [`ebed] is free [chophshiy] from
his master ['adown]. KJV-Interlinear
17 'There the wicked cease from raging, And there the weary
are at rest. 18 'The prisoners are at ease together; They do not hear the voice
of the taskmaster. 19 'The small and the great are there, And the slave is free
from his master. NASB
is in great pain. Anyone who has
suffered greatly in life, knows the feeling of yearning for death as their only
hope of relief. Job looks to the grave
as his only refuge, his only hope of recovering peace and tranquility.
has already wished for the disintegration of his day of birth, the elimination
of the night of his conception, of dying immediately after his birth, and even
the possibility of never having come into existence. Any one of these would have been sufficient
to remove the suffering he is now experiencing.
Job turns to the grave for a moment, where all people, both great and small,
both the good and the bad, come together in equality. Dust is dust, and the dust of human remains
is a worthless dust. So, one pile of
worthless dust is no better than another pile of worthless dust.
matters not whether that dust came from a rich man or a poor one.
the grave, the wicked cease from their trouble making. The wicked are people who go about their
lives making trouble of one kind or another, against one person or another.
the grave, the weary find their rest.
The weary describes anyone who suffers from the troubles and pressures,
and trials of life. That should include
just about everyone. And once a person
dies, then all of their problems, from this world, cease.
the grave, the prisoners find relief from their oppressive taskmasters. Anyone who labors for a living, whether
because he has been enslaved by man, or enslaved by debt, or enslaved by his
circumstances of life, he too will find that all of his obligations to this
world, will end for him. They will no
longer hear the commands or the demands of those who put them to a relentless
the grave, both rich and poor, both small and great, both master and slave, all
find a unique equality. No one of them
is better, or worse off than another.
Dust is dust, and if given several piles of dust, then no one can
distinguish the rich from the poor, the celebrity from the nobody.
subordinate is free from his masters. No
one has any advantage or disadvantage over another.
is viewing this from a worldly viewpoint.
Job has not yet addressed the spiritual side of life.
finds itself equal at two times in its existence, at birth and at death. In both cases, the person has nothing to
bring into this world, and takes nothing with him out of this world.
during ones lifetime does humanity seek to separate himself from all the rest. And in every case, that separation comes from
a unique talent, or gift, from the characteristics of ones environment or
circumstances of life, or from ones abilities or status.
mans effort to distinguish himself from others, leads to oppression, violence,
prejudice, bias, hate, unfair standards, and so forth.
it to humanity, who begins life with nothing, to manufacture segregated
categories of living for himself. And
inevitably, this comes at the expense of others.
the grave, God brings all of this distinction to a halt. The politicians, the celebrities, the
tyrants, the social climbers, all will find themselves no better off for all of
their efforts, or hustle, or luck in life, than anyone else.
Job emphasizes those who suffer at the hands of troublemakers, those who suffer
at the pressures from life, and those who suffer at the hands of society in
general, because he is suffering. Job
longs for a death that will bring peace and relief from his present suffering.
is now short sighted, and looking only to his immediate relief. He is not considering, for the moment, the
other side of life's coin. The spiritual
side of life.
in all things, God controls the causes, the circumstances, and the end result. All of which are designed to bring knowledge,
understanding, and wisdom to the individual, for the purpose of blessing.
does not desire pain and suffering, but then this is the devils world. Satan is the author of pain and suffering. And so long as he is loose on this planet,
bringing about his incessant series of complaints, then suffering will be a
part of life.
day that will all end. It will end for
Job, and it will end for everyone. But
for now, Job just wants the hurting to stop.
And in so doing, he teaches us that no matter who or what we are in this
life, do not boast as to who you are or what you have, and do not cry over your
poor state, for in death there will be no worldly difference between the well
to do, and the not so well to do.
will be spiritual differences of course, but no worldly differences.
the obvious implied conclusion here is, that one should emphasize his spiritual
side of life, and not the carnal side.
The worldly side of life is not in itself, bad, but when you emphasize your
worldly status to the exclusion of the spiritual side, then only in death will
you realize that you have wasted your entire life.
is dust, and it will never be anything more.
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