then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.”
Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
“If He should determine to do so, If He should gather to Himself His spirit and His breath,
His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts perish.
All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust.
“For I will not contend forever, Nor will I always be angry; For the spirit would grow faint before Me, And the breath of those whom I have made.
The burden of the word of the Lord concerning Israel. Thus declares the Lord who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him,
But they fell on their faces and said, “O God, God of the spirits of all flesh, when one man sins, will You be angry with the entire congregation?”
“ May the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation,
You turn man back into dust And say, “Return, O children of men.”
Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.
And Abraham replied, “Now behold, I have ventured to speak to the Lord, although I am but dust and ashes.
‘How much more those who dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, Who are crushed before the moth!
“Why then do You not pardon my transgression And take away my iniquity? For now I will lie down in the dust; And You will seek me, but I will not be.”
“His bones are full of his youthful vigor, But it lies down with him in the dust.
But King Zedekiah swore to Jeremiah in secret saying, “As the Lord lives, who made this life for us, surely I will not put you to death nor will I give you over to the hand of these men who are seeking your life.”
Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?
to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,