Job 30:23

23 Yes, I know that You will lead me to death- the place appointed for all who live.

Job 30:23 Meaning and Commentary

Job 30:23

For I know [that] thou wilt bring me [to] death
Quickly and by the present affliction upon him; he was assured, as he thought, that this was the view and design of God in this providence, under which he was to bring him to death and the grave; that he would never take off his hand till he had brought him to the dust of death, to that lifeless dust from whence he had his original; otherwise, that he would he brought thither, sooner or later, was no great masterpiece of knowledge; every man knows this will be the case with him as with all; death is become necessary by sin, which brought it into the world, and the sentence of it on all men in it, and by the decree and appointment of God, by which it is fixed and settled that all should die; and this is confirmed by all experience in all ages, a very few excepted, only two persons, Enoch and Elijah, ( Genesis 5:24 ) ( Hebrews 11:5 ) ( 2 Kings 2:11 ) : sometimes the death of persons is made known to them by divine revelation, as to Aaron and Moses, ( Numbers 20:12 Numbers 20:24 ) ( 33:38 ) ( Deuteronomy 32:49 Deuteronomy 32:50 ) ; and sometimes it may be gathered to be nigh from the symptoms of it on the body; from growing diseases, and the infirmities of old age; but Job concluded it from the manner of God's dealing with him, as he thought in wrath and indignation, determining to make an utter end of him:

and [to] the house appointed for all living;
the grave, which is the house for the body when dead to be brought unto and lodged in; as the "house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens", ( 2 Corinthians 5:1 ) , is for the soul in its separate state, until the resurrection morn; which house or grave is man's "long home", ( Ecclesiastes 12:5 ) ; and this is prepared and appointed for all men living, since all must die; and all that die have a house or grave, though that is sometimes a watery, and not an earthy one; however the dust of everybody has a receptacle provided for it, where it is reserved until the time of the resurrection, and then it is brought forth, ( Revelation 20:13 ) ; and this is by divine appointment; the word used signifies both an appointed time and place, and is often used of the Jewish solemnities, which were fixed with respect to both; and also of the people or congregation that attended them; the grave is the general rendezvous of mankind, and both the time when and the place where the dead are gathered and brought unto it are fixed by the determinate will and counsel of God.

Job 30:23 In-Context

21 You have turned against me with cruelty; You harass me with Your strong hand.
22 You lift me up on the wind and make me ride [it]; You scatter me in the storm.
23 Yes, I know that You will lead me to death- the place appointed for all who live.
24 Yet no one would stretch out [his] hand against a ruined man when he cries out to him for help because of his distress.
25 Have I not wept for those who have fallen on hard times? Has my soul not grieved for the needy?
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