Job 3:14

14 with kings and rulers of the earth, who built for themselves places now lying in ruins,

Job 3:14 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves;
English Standard Version (ESV)
14 with kings and counselors of the earth who rebuilt ruins for themselves,
New Living Translation (NLT)
14 I would rest with the world’s kings and prime ministers, whose great buildings now lie in ruins.
The Message Bible (MSG)
14 In the company of kings and statesmen in their royal ruins,
American Standard Version (ASV)
14 With kings and counsellors of the earth, Who built up waste places for themselves;
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
14 I would be with the kings and the counselors of the world who built for themselves [what are now] ruins.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
14 with the kings and counselors of the earth, who rebuilt ruined cities for themselves,
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
14 I'd be with the earth's kings and advisers. They had built for themselves places that are now destroyed.

Job 3:14 Meaning and Commentary

Job 3:14

With the kings and counsellors of the earth
From whom he might descend, he being a person of great distinction and figure; and so, had he died, he would have been buried in the sepulchres of his ancestors, and have lain in great pomp and state: or rather this he says, to observe that death spares none, that neither the power of kings, who have long hands, nor the wisdom of counsellors, who have long heads, can secure them from death; and that after death they are upon a level with others; and even he suggests, that children that die as soon as born, and have made no figure in the world, are equal to them:

which built desolate places for themselves;
either that rebuilt houses and cities that had lain in ruins, or built such in desolate places, where there had been none before, or formed colonies in places before uninhabited; and all this to get a name, and to perpetuate it to posterity: or rather sepulchral monuments are meant, such as the lofty pyramids of the Egyptians, and superb mausoleums of others; which, if not built in desolate places, yet are so themselves, being only the habitations of the dead, and so they are called the desolations of old, ( Ezekiel 26:20 ) ; and this is the sense of many interpreters F17; if any man desires, says Vansleb F18, a prospect and description of such ancient burying places, let him think on a boundless plain, even, and covered with sand, where neither trees, nor grass, nor houses, nor any such thing, is to be seen.


F17 Pineda, Bolducius, Patrick, Caryll, Schultens, and others.
F18 Relation of a Voyage to Egypt, p. 91.

Job 3:14 In-Context

12 Why were there knees to receive me and breasts that I might be nursed?
13 For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest
14 with kings and rulers of the earth, who built for themselves places now lying in ruins,
15 with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver.
16 Or why was I not hidden away in the ground like a stillborn child, like an infant who never saw the light of day?

Cross References 2

  • 1. Job 9:24; Job 12:17; Isaiah 14:9; Ezekiel 32:28-32
  • 2. Job 15:28; Jeremiah 51:37; Nahum 3:7
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