and to the worm, ‘My Mother,’ or ‘My sister,’
21:26 Together they lie down in the dust,
and worms cover over them both.
the worm feasts on him,
no longer will he be remembered.
Like a tree, wickedness will be broken down.
2 tn The word שַׁחַת (shakhat) may be the word “corruption” from a root שָׁחַת (shakhat, “to destroy”) or a word “pit” from שׁוּחַ (shuakh, “to sink down”). The same problem surfaces in Ps 16:10, where it is parallel to “Sheol.” E. F. Sutcliffe, The Old Testament and the Future Life, 76ff., defends the meaning “corruption.” But many commentators here take it to mean “the grave” in harmony with “Sheol.” But in this verse “worms” would suggest “corruption” is better.
3 tn Here “womb” is synecdoche, representing one’s mother.