JOB 17:13



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“If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness.”

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Job 17:13 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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If אִם Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not If
I wait, אֲ֭קַוֶּה To bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e., collect; (figuratively) to expect wait
the grave שְׁא֣וֹל Hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates grave
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
mine house: בֵּיתִ֑י A house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.) house
I have made רִפַּ֥דְתִּי To spread (a bed); by implication, to refresh made
my bed יְצוּעָֽי׃ Spread, i.e., a bed; (architecture) an extension, i.e., wing or lean-to (a single story or collectively) bed
in the darkness. בַּ֝חֹ֗שֶׁךְ The dark; hence (literally) darkness; figuratively, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness darkness

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  • 11  My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart.

  • 12  They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.

  • 13  If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness.

  • 14  I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister.

  • 15  And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?


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