Worms

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The worm is used symbolically to show the extreme feebleness of man (Job 17:1414I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister. (Job 17:14); Job 25:66How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm? (Job 25:6)). In blessing Israel Jehovah said, “Fear not, thou worm Jacob” (Isa. 41:1414Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 41:14)); and the Lord, to indicate the low estate in which He was, said, “I am a worm and no man” (Psa. 22:66But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. (Psalm 22:6)). In the grave man’s body becomes the companion of worms, if they do not actually feed upon it (Job 21:2626They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them. (Job 21:26); Job 24:2020The 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 24:20); Isa. 14:1111Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee. (Isaiah 14:11)). Of the eternal punishment of the wicked it is recorded “their worm dieth not” (Mark 9:44,46,4844Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. (Mark 9:44)
46Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. (Mark 9:46)
48Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. (Mark 9:48)
: Compare Isa. 66:2424And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. (Isaiah 66:24)). Herod Agrippa, being smitten by an angel, was literally “eaten of worms” (Acts 12:2323And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. (Acts 12:23)). In Job 25:66How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm? (Job 25:6) man is compared to a worm—literally “a maggot”—an apt figure of moral corruption.