Phil. 1:21-23. “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better.
The Body, Upon Death, Goes Back to Dust.
The bodies of those who die are laid to rest in various ways, often by burial.
“…the rich man also died, and was buried” (Luke 16:22).
“And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him (Abraham) in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron.”
“So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt” (Gen. 50:4).
The body may be buried, cast into the ocean, cremated, blown to pieces in an explosion, etc. but ultimately the physical remains of a person will decompose and go back to dust:
“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:19).
“All go unto one place; All are of the dust, and all turn to dust again” (Eccl. 3:20).
“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (Eccl. 12:7).
“For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14).
“Thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust” (Psalm 104:29).
In Daniel 12:2 the dead are described as those who “sleep in the dust.”