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Job 14:13 – Hidden in Sheol

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Job 14:13 – Oh that you would hide me in Sheol, That you would keep me secret, until your wrath is past, That you would appoint me a set time, and remember me! — World English

Here we find that Job, whom Yahweh said spoke correctly (Job 42:7), speaks of sheol as a hidden and secret condition. The King James translators rendered this as “the grave” here, possibly because they did not wish to put Job in what was being taught as a place of fiery torture. Job is certainly not praying to be in the traditional fiery hell, nor is his expressions of being hidden or kept secret describe what is generally thought of as being in paradise. Whatever condition he expected to in while in sheol, he did not consider it to be desirable to remain there, and he held some expectation of being released from sheol, for he also prayed that he be remembered after God’s wrath should be past. His prayer does reflect the condition spoken of in Ecclesiastes 9:5,10, a condition where one does not know anything, a hidden or secret condition of death. Job was not anxious for a perpetuation of the present conditions of sin and sorrow and trouble and pain; he was quite willing to be hidden in oblivion until the time when the curse, “wrath,” shall be lifted from the earth, and the times of refreshing instead shall come. But he does not wish to be blotted out forever. No, but having confidence in the divine provision for a future life, through a resurrection, he prays that God in due time, after the vanity of this present age (Ecclesiastes 1:2; Romans 8:20) has been rolled away, will remember him, and call him out of oblivion into being again, by the restorative powers then to be exercised through the Christ. — See John 5:28,29; Acts 3:19-21; Revelation 22:3.


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