“He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards. Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned. The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered, and wickedness shall be broken as a tree.”
Job’s poetic descriptions of the fleeting nature of life apply to all of us. No matter what kind of legacy one leaves behind, they still ultimately perish. Their possessions (portion) are passed on, sold off, or used up. They will not bear fruit in this world again. Every one of our bodies will dry up and be reabsorbed into the earth, consumed by the natural processes of decay. Job is not listing God’s punishments for having sinned. Death is the consequence of Adam’s disobedience. No matter how wicked (or how good!) a person is, their deeds are forgotten; their intentions disintegrate like rotting wood. What do you have that will endure beyond the grave? What have you built that will not be consumed by God’s Holy Fire? Only the souls you touch will bear eternal witness.