415. Houses of Clay

Job 24:16; Job 4:19; Psalm 62:3; Isaiah 30:13; Ezekiel 12:5; Matthew 6:19; Matthew 24:43  •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 8
Job 24:1616In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light. (Job 24:16). In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime.
This refers to houses that are built of clay. Of these there are several varieties. Some have a framework of wicker hurdles thickly daubed with mud. In others the walls are made of layers of mud placed one over the other, each drying before the next is put on. Others still are made of sun—dried bricks. This style of building is very ancient, and is still common in many parts of the East. A thief might easily break through a wall of this kind, and modern thieves are as ready to do it as were the burglars who lived in the days of Job.