Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Job 27:16

"Though he piles up silver like dust And prepares garments as plentiful as the clay,
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Dress;   Hypocrisy;   Oppression;   Rich, the;   Wicked (People);   Thompson Chain Reference - Accumulation of Wealth;   Poverty-Riches;   Riches, Earthly;   Wealth;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Riches;  
Dictionaries:
Fausset Bible Dictionary - Dress;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Dust;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Job;   Providence;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Dust;   Heap;   Job, Book of;   Silver;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Costume;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Though he heap up silver - Though he amass riches in the greatest abundance, he shall not enjoy them. Unsanctified wealth is a curse to its possessor. Money, of all earthly possessions, is the most dangerous, as it is the readiest agent to do good or evil. He that perverts it is doubly cursed, because it affords him the most immediate means of sinful gratification; and he can sin more in an hour through this, than he can in a day or week by any other kind of property. On the other hand, they who use it aright have it in their power to do the most prompt and immediate good. Almost every kind of want may be speedily relieved by it. Hence, he who uses it as he ought is doubly blessed; while he who abuses it is doubly cursed.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Job 27:16". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/job-27.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Though he heap up silver as the dust - That is, in great quantities - as plenty as dust; compare 1 Kings 10:27, “And the king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones.”

And prepare raiment - Oriental wealth consisted much in changes of raiment. Sir John Chardin says that in the East it is common to gather together immense quantities of furniture and clothes. According to D‘Herbelot, Bokteri, an illustrious poet; of Cufah in the ninth century, had so many presents made him in the course of his life, that when he died he was found possessed of an hundred complete suits of clothes, two hundred shirts, and five hundred turbans. compare Ezra 2:69, and Nehemiah 7:70 see Bochart IIieroz. P. II. Lib. iv. c. xxv. p. 617. This species of treasure is mentioned by Virgil;

Dives equom, dives pictai vestis et auri.

Aeneid ix. 26.

The reason why wealth consisted so much in changes of raiment, is to be found in the fondness for display in Oriental countries, and in the fact that as fashions never change there, such treasures are valuable until they are worn out. In the ever-varying fashions of the West such treasures are comparatively of much less value.

As the clay - As the dust of the streets; or as abundant as mire.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 27:16". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-27.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Though he heap up silver as the dust,.... Which, as it denotes the great abundance of it collected together, so it expresses the bias and disposition of such a man's mind, that he cannot be content without amassing great quantities of it, and also his diligence and success therein, see 1 Kings 10:27;

and prepare raiment as the clay; not merely, for use, but pomp and show, to fill his wardrobes with; and formerly, raiment was part of the treasure of great men: the phrase signifies that he might have such a variety of raiment, and such large quantities of it, that he would value it no more than so much clay; or else that his riches, consist of what it would, would be both polluting and troublesome to him; the Septuagint version reads "gold" instead of "raiment", as in Zechariah 9:3, where like expressions are used of Tyre.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 27:16". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-27.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

clay — images of multitudes (Zechariah 9:3). Many changes of raiment are a chief constituent of wealth in the East.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 27:16". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-27.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;

As clay — In great abundance.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Job 27:16". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/job-27.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 27:16 Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;

Ver. 16. Though he heap up silver as the dust] Silver and gold, what are they else but white and red earth, the guts and garbage of the earth, as one saith? Yet how greedy of them and gripple after them are many muck worms, heaping up riches, and not knowing who shall gather them, Psalms 39:6; laying up, as if their lives were riveted upon eternity; or were sure to leave it to their children, who yet shall never enjoy it. This is a great vanity, saith Solomon; and yet such dust heaps as these are to be found in every corner.

And prepare raiment as the clay] Tantum vestium quantum est luti, saith Vatablus, that he have as great store of suits in his wardrobe as he hath dirt in his ditches.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 27:16". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-27.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Job 27:16. Though he heap up silver, &c.— See Zechariah 9:3 and 2 Kings 5:5.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Job 27:16". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/job-27.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

i.e. In great abundance.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 27:16". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/job-27.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

16.Raiment as the clay — As with Elizabeth, queen of England, the wardrobe of the rich in the East represented often untold sums of wealth.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 27:16". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/job-27.html. 1874-1909.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;
heap up
22:24; 1 Kings 10:27; Habakkuk 2:6; Zechariah 9:3
prepare raiment
D'Herbelot tells us, that Bokhten, an illustrious poet of Cufah, in the 9th century, had so many presents made him, that at his death he was found possessed of 100 suits of clothes, 200 shirts, and 500 turbans.
Matthew 6:19; James 5:2
Reciprocal: Exodus 3:22 - spoil;  Exodus 11:2 - borrow;  Joshua 8:2 - only the spoil;  2 Kings 7:16 - spoiled the tents;  Esther 8:1 - give the house;  Job 3:15 - who filled their houses;  Job 15:29 - neither shall;  Psalm 39:6 - he heapeth;  Psalm 62:10 - riches;  Proverbs 12:3 - shall not be established;  Proverbs 13:11 - Wealth;  Proverbs 13:22 - the wealth;  Proverbs 20:21 - but;  Proverbs 28:8 - that by;  Proverbs 28:22 - and;  Ecclesiastes 2:26 - to the sinner;  Ecclesiastes 5:14 - those;  Luke 12:20 - then

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 27:16". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-27.html.