19 He regarded me as clay, I have become like dust and ashes.
ho-RA-nee la-KHO-mer va-et-ma-SHAYL ke-a-FAR va-AY-fer
יט הֹרָנִי לַחֹמֶר וָאֶתְמַשֵּׁל כֶּעָפָר וָאֵפֶר׃
30:19 I have become like dust and ashes
Iyov expresses his modesty with the same words used by Avraham when he beseeched Hashem to save the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah: “I am but dust and ashes” (Genesis 18:27). Because of Avraham’s genuine sense of modesty, he is granted the Land of Israel as an eternal inheritance for his descendants. When they follow in the path of their father Avraham and carry themselves with humility, the Children of Israel in turn merit living peacefully in the land. However, when they are filled with pride, they stray from Hashem, follow other gods and are then punished with exile from the land. Yeshayahu declares that during the time of the ultimate redemption, arrogance and pride will be eradicated from among the Children of Israel: “Man’s haughty look shall be brought low, And the pride of mortals shall be humbled. None but Hashem shall be exalted in that day” (Isaiah 2:11).