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Ver. 7 seq.: Cocceius: He addresses Job here, when he becomes better known to himself, tremalmost in the same terms as God in ch. xxxviii. bles, carries with him bis own torments, and but with another scope and purpose. Wisdom never hopes for good. Moses has finely illussays in Prov. viii. 25, that it was begotten i trated this in Cain, Gen. iv.-CRAMER: The before the hills, i. e. that it is the eternal Son ungodly and hypocrites live in continual restof God. This Wisdom alone was acquainted lessness of heart; but blessed are they whose with all the mysteries of God the Father, to this sins are forgiven ; they attain rest and peace Wisdom alone are owing the purification and of conscience.-Comp. Prov. Xxvii. 1: 1. The justification of men, the full declaration of the wicked flee when no man pursueth, but the gracious will of God, and the gift of the spirit righteous are bold as a lion." of joy.
Ver, 29 seq.: BRENTIUS: Eliphaz proceeds Vers. 14-16: BRENTIUS: These words are with his recital of the catalogue of curses on most true: no one in himself is clean, pure and the wicked. . . . "His seed will burn up,” i. e. just; but in God, through faith in Christ, we the blessing of the wicked will be turned into a come into possession of all cleanness, purity and curse; and as the branches of trees are burned
justification (John xv. 3; Rom. xv. 1, etc.). - by fire, and scattered by the wind, which is MERCIER: Eliphaz finds fault with man's nature called the Spirit (breath] of God, so do all the which nevertheless by faith is made pure.- blessings of the wicked perish by the judgment ZEYSS: Although the holy angels are pure and of God, and the Spirit of His mouth.-CRAMER: holy spirits, neither their holiness nor that of The dire punishments which befall the ungodly man is to be compared with the infinitely per- give courage to the pious, and strengthen their fect holiness of God, but God only is and faith, when they see how the former are recomremains the Most Holy One; Is. vi. 3.-OECO I pensed for their ungodliness (Ps. xci. 8). ... LAMPADICS (on ver. 16): Here is beautifully Although the ungodly have many friends and described the misery of man, who is abominable many dependents, their name must nevertheless by reason of innate depravity, a child of wrath, rot and perish (Prov. x. 7; Esth. vi. 13) corrupted and degenerated from his first estate, ZEYss (on vers. 31-33): As the sowing, so the and so inflamed with lust, that as one in the reaping. He who sows vanity will also reap dropsy drinks water, so does he drink sin, and vanity; calamity and destruction will happen is never satisfied.
to him for a recompense (Hos. viii. 7; Gal. vi. Ver. 20 seg.: IDEM: This is what he would 8). When the ungodly think that their life is Bay, that the wicked man, having an evil con- at its very best, they are often enough quite science within himself, at every time of his life suddenly taken away (Luke xii. 17).
B.-Job: Although oppressed by his disconsolate condition, he nevertheless wishes and hopes that God will demonstrate his innocence, against the unreasonable accusations of his friends.
CHAPTER XVI-XVII. (A brief preliminary repudiation of the discourses of the friends as aimless and unprofitable):
CHAP. XVI. 1-5. i Then Job answered and said : 2 I have heard many such things :
miserable comforters are ye all. 3 Shall vain words have an end ?
or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest? 4 I also could speak as ye do;
if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you,
and shake mine head at you. 5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth,
and the moving of my lips should assuage your grief.
1. Lamentation on account of the disconsolateness of his condition, as forsaken and hated by God and men:
VERS. 6–17. 6 Though I speak, my grief is not assuaged;
and though I forbear, what am I eased ?
7 But now He hath made me weary:
Thou hast made desolate all my company. 8 And Thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me;
and my leanness rising up in me
beareth witness to my face. 9 He teareth me in His wrath, who hateth me;
He gnasheth upon me with His teeth;
mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me. 10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth ;
they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully;
they have gathered themselves together against me. 11 God hath delivered me to the ungodly,
and turned me over into the hands of the wicked. 12 I was at ease, but He hath broken me asunder;
He hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces,
and set me up for His mark. 13 His archers compass me round about,
He cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare;
He poureth out my gall upon the ground. 14 He breaketh me with breach upon breach;
He runneth upon me like a giant. 15 I have sowed sackcloth upon my skin,
and defiled my horn in the dust. 16 My face is foul with weeping,
and on my eyelids is the shadow of death; 17 not for any injustice in mine hands; also my prayer is pure. 2. Vivid expression of the hope of a future recognition of his innocences
CHAPTER XVI, 18—XVII. 9. 18 O earth, cover not thou my blood !
and let my cry have no place! 19 Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven,
and my record is on high. 20 My friends scorn me:
but mine eye poureth out tears unto God. 21 O that one might plead for a man with God,
as a man pleadeth for his neighbor' 22 When a few years are come,
then I shall go the way whence I shall not return. Chap. XVII, 1. My breath is corrupt,
my days are extinct,
the graves are ready for me. 2 Are there not mockers with me?
and doth not mine eye continue in their provocation ? 3 Lay down now, put me in a surety with Thee;
who is he that will strike hands with me? 4 For Thou hast hid their heart from understanding ?
therefore shalt Thou not exalt them. 5 He that speaketh flattery to his friends,
even the eyes of his children shall fail. 6 He hath made me also a byword of the people;
and aforetime I was as a tabret. 7 Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow,
and all my members are as a shadow. 8 Upright men shall be astonished at this,
and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite.
9 The righteous also shall hold on his way,
and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.
3. Sharp censure of the admonitory speeches of the friends as unreasonable, and destitute of all power to comfort:
VERS. 10-16. 10 But as for you all, do ye return, and come now;
for I cannot find one wise man among you. 11 My days are passed,
my purposes are broken off,
even the thoughts of my heart. 12 They change the night into day:
the light is short because of darkness. 13 If I wait, the grave is mine house;
I have made my bed in the darkness. 14 I have said to corruption, Thou art my father ;
to the worm, Thou art my mother and my sister. 15 And where is now my hope?
as for my hope, who shall see it ? 16 They shall go down to the bars of the pit,
when our rest together is in the dust.
I miserable comforters are ge all. Nj? EXEGETICAL AND CRITICAL. Soy, lit. “comforters of distress" [Gen. of 1. Heartlessly repulsed by his friends, and attribute, Green, & 254, 6] are burdensome comleft without comfort, Job turns, more trustfully i forters (consolatores onerosi, Jer.), who, instead than in his previous apologies, to the God who of comfort, minister only trouble and distress ; evidenced Himself in his good conscience, of comp. cb. xv. 11. whom be cannot believe that He will leave him
Ver. 3. Are windy words (now) at an forever without testifying to his innocence, end? Comp. ch. xv. 2, where Eliphaz rehowever cheerless a night of despair may in the
proaches Job with windy speech-a reproach meanwhile surround him. It is in the expres which Job now pays back in the same coin. sion of his confidence, and of his inward yearning
Or what vexes thee [addressed more partiand wailing for this Divine testimony to his innocence (ch. xvi. 18 to xvii. 9) that the significance
cecularly to Eliphaz] that thou answerest? of this discourse culminates, go far as it gives y n, Hiph. of yo, “to be sick, weak” (see pleasing evidence of progress beyond Job's for- on ch. vi. 25), signifies to make sick, to afflict” mer frame of mind. Along with this indeed it (Ewald, Schlott., Dillm.), or again "to goad, gives evidence that the spirit of hopeless and incite, vex" (Del.) (see the examples in notes bitter complaint is, if not intensified, at least on vi. 25 favoring this definition]: not “to make substantially unchanged and undiminished. I sweet. to sweeten," as the Targ. interprets, as The first principal division of the discourse (ch.
though you were without further qualification xvi. 6-17) which precedes that expression of yearning confidence in God's help contains in =170.—'? moreover is not=quum (Hirz.), but particular an expression of cheerless lamenta- as in ch. vi. 11 quod: “what vexes thee that tion over his condition, as one forsaken by God thou answerest,” or “to answer." and men: while a shorter introduction prefaced
Ver. 4. I also indeed would speak like to this division (ch. xvi. 2-5), as well as the
you, i. e., would be minded to serve you with concluding section, or third division (ch. xvii.
such like discourses as your own [Dillmann, 10-16) are particularly occupied with a bitter complaint on account of the misunderstanding Conant, Renan, Rodwell, etc., with good reason and heartless conduct of the friends.-The whole prefer to render the subjunctive 7727X *I discourse comprises six long strophes, the first could," or "might," rather than “would”).of which constitutes the introduction, extending If your soul were instead of mine; i. e. through four verses, or ten stichs (ch. xvi. 2-5), l in case you had my place, your persons were while the first and second divisions contain each instead of mine. [Conant, however: "Your two strophes (of 6, 7 verses, or 14 stichs), the
S (of b, ( verses, or 14 stichs), the soul is not to be taken as a periphrasis of the third division, however, only one strophe (of personal pronoun. Soul, the seat of intelligence, 7 verses, or 14 stichs).
mental activity and emotion, stands as the rep2. Exordium of the discourse, or introductory resentative of these faculties in man, and is spestrophe: A short preliminary repudiation of the cially appropriate here, where there is immediscourses of the friends as aimless, and desti- diate reference to what is thought. felt and tute of all power to comfort: ch. xvi. 2-5.
suffered. The force of the expression is lost Ver. 2. I have heard (already) many such therefore by substituting ye and me."]-Would things (nia?, multa, as in ch. xxiii. 14), and for could weave words against you.
0:29 yann? is not “to make a league with that the friends had shown any such malignity words” (Gesen. [Rodwelll. etc.), nor again: | as would be thus suggested. What Job says is, "to affect wisdom with words” (Ewald), but that he could multiply words of cold formal symto "combine words, string them together like | pathy, that he could string out such words upon pearls.” Instead of the simple accus. of the them, or towards them; and again that he could object D??, the more choice construction with
| make with his head the customary oriental ges3 instrum. is used ; comp. the following mem
ture of condolence (yaj here like 793, see above, ber, also ver. ,10; Jer. xviii. 16; Lam. i. 17
ch. ii. 11 and comp. Gesen. sub. v.), this being (Gesen. & 138  1, Rem. 3). [When he
by implication all the sympathy he had received
from them.-E.) says: I would range together, etc., he gives them to understand that their speeches are more arti
3. First Division. A lamentation concerning
the cheerlessness of his condition, as one forficial than natural, more declamations than the outgushings of the heart.” Del.)-And shake
saken and persecuted by God and men. Vers.
6-17. my head at you; viz., as a gesture of scorn and malicious pleasure; comp. Ps. xxii. 8 ; |
First Strophe : vers. 6-11. From the friends, Ig. xxxvii. 22; Jer. xviii. 16; Sir. xii. 18;
the “miserable comforters," who leave him in Mutt, xxvii. 39. It should be borne in mind
his helplessness, he turns to himself, who is so that what is hateful in such conduct is not to be
greatly in need of sympathy, because God has charged upon Job (who indeed only states what
delivered him over to the scorn and the cruelty he could do if he had before him the friends,
of the unrighteous. weak and miserable as he is now, and should
Ver. 6. ["He bethinks himself whether he then follow the promptings of the natural man),
will continue the colloquy further. Already in but on the friends, before whom Job here holds
the lamentation of ch. iii. Job had given vent to
his grief, and solicited comfort. The colloquy up as in a mirror the hatefulness of their own
thus far had shown that from them he had no conduct. [In regard to the rendering of Sy comfort to expect. Should he then speak furby “against," and the explanation of Y"7 as a ther, in order to procure at least some alleviagesture of scorn, see below on ver. 51
tion of his grief? but he cannot anticipate even Ver. 5. Would [could] strengthen you
this as the result of his speaking. He must with my mouth: i. e. with mere words, in- |
accordingly be silent; yet even then he is no stead of with deeds of a love that wins the heart.
better off.” Dillm.]-If I speak (voluntative on the form Dioxx with Tsere shortened to after Dx, see Ew. & 355, b) my grief is not Hbirik, see Green, 104, h.)-And the sym
assuaged; if I forbear (voluntative without pathy of my lips (7?, commisseration, sympa
ox, as in ch. xi. 17; Ps. lxxiii. 16, etc.), what thy, only here; comp. the phrase, similar in
departs from me, viz. of my pain? how much sound, Dingo ??, "fruit of the lips,” Is. lvii.
of my pain goes away from me, do I lose? The
unexpressed answer would naturally be: Nought! 19) should assuage, scil. your grief. Jun, “10 soothe, restrain, check,” here without an
On : 777', comp. ch. xiv. 20. obj. as in Is. lviii. 1. The following verse easily
| Ver. 7. Nevertheless-now He hath ex
| hausted me, viz. God, not the pain (R3, ver. enables us to supply 38, as the object. [The E. V., Wem., Bar., Elz., etc., render this as a
6), which the Vulg., Aben-Ezra, etc., regard as contrast with ver. 4, as though Job, after there
the subj. The particle 78, which belongs to the describing wbat he might do if they were in his whole sentence, signifies neither: “of a truth, yea place, describes here what, on the other hand, verily!" (Ew.) nor "only”[=entirely), as though he really would do. But there is nothing to it belonged only to 28577 (Hirz., Hahn, etc.), indicate such a contrast. Ver. 5 is most simply but it has here an adversative meaning, and and naturally the continuation of ver. 4.-The states, in opposition to the two previously menirony of the passage is most keen and cutting. tioned possibilities of speaking and being silent, If you were in my place, says Job, if your soul what is actually the case with Job; hence it were tried as mine is, I could speak windy words should be rendered “still, nevertheless," verum in abundance as you have done, I could string tamen : [Renan: Mais quoi ! “ He is absolutely them out one after another, and nod my head to incapable of offering any resistance to his pain, comfort: oh, yes! all such comfort-sympathy and care has also been taken that no solacing of the head, of the mouth, of the lips, I could | word shall come to him from any quarter,” Del. lavish upon you-that is cheap enough, as your See the next clause].-Thou hast desolated conduct shows—but as for the heart, that is all my circle. 1773 here not “rabble," as in quite another matter! It will be seen from ch. xv. 34. but sensu bono-circle of friends and this paraphrase of Job's language that a some- | family dependents (Carey: all my clan). [" This what different view is taken of one or two
mention of the family is altogether in place, seeexpressions, particularly in ver. 4, from that ing that the loss of the same must be doubly felt given above by Zöckler. It seems unnecessary | by him now that his friends are hostile to him.” and unnatural to suppose that Job would in ver. Schlott.). The Pesh. reads “ all my testimony" 4 describe himself as framing words against | (), i. e., all that witness in my behalf, all them, and indulging in gestures of malicious
my prosperity (80 also Hahn among the momockery, and then in ver. 5 as strengthening and soothing them with words—but nothing more. I derns), to which however DU! is not particuMoreover the expressions of ver. 4 would thus | larly suitable. Note moreover the transition, lose their point, there being no reason to suppose bearing witness as it does to the vivid excite
ment of the speaker's feelings, from the declara- me (a gesture of insolent mockery, as in Pe. tions concerning God in the third person (which xxii. 8 17]; Jer. lvii. 4); with abuse (i. e., we find in the first member, and which appear with abusive speech) they strike me on the again ver. 9 seq.), and the mournful plaintive cheeks (comp. Mic. iv. 14 [v.1); Lam. iii. 30; address to Him here and in ver. 8, in which the John xviii. 22; xix. 3); together they description before us is directly continued. strengthen themselves against me, or
Ver. 8. And hast seized me (not " Thou again : they complete; fill themselves up [= fill makest me wrinkled," Vulg., Luther se. V., Lee, ly their rankel a mainet me for
up their ranks) against me, for X907 means
any means Rodwell] or "shrivelest une together, Del.—for opp signifies “ to press together, to fasten firmly “to gather themselves together to a X7 (188. together:" comp. ch. xxii. 16. Wordsworth xxxi. 4), a heap;" not “to equip themselves attempts somewhat peculiarly to combine the two with a full suit of armor,” as Hirzel would exdefinitions: “ Thou hast bound me fast with wrin-|
plain, supplying 9772.—The whole of this lamenkles, as with a chain"].-It is become a witness, viz., the fact that thou hast seized me;
tation, which reminds us of Ps. xxii., is general the circumstance that God makes him suffer so
in its form ; it contemplates nevertheless the severely is-so at least it seems-a witness of
hostile attacks made by the friends on Job, as his guilt. This clause, taken in connection es- |
in particular the word “ together" in the third pecially with the following parallelism, seems
member shows--in hearing which the friends certainly to favor the rendering of the Vulg.,
could not help feeling that they were personally E. V., etc. " thou hast filled me with wrinkles.”
aimed at in the strong expressions of the speaker, The witness against Job is naturally something
even as he on his part must have had his sensiwhich like his “leanness" is visible. The cor
bilities hurt by such expressions as those of rugation of the skin was a feature of elephantia- |
Eliphaz in ch. xv. 16 (see on the passage). eis more marked even than the emaciation of the
Ver. 11. God delivers me (comp. Deut. body, and would hardly be omitted in so vivid a
xxiii. 16 (151) to the unrighteous, and description of his condition as Job here gives.
casts me headlong into the hand of the The primary signification of " seizing," or
wicked. *397, Imperf. Kal. of 07' (con“compressing” should not however be lost sight tracted from '07", Ges., 870 , Rem. 3). of ; indeed it adds much to the terrible force of pri The preformative Jod has Metheg in correct the representation to retain it, and, with Words- texts, so that we need not suppose, with Rolbag, worth, to combine the two definitions, only in a la 707 similar in meaning to 07." Del. ), prxtsomewhat different way from his; the true con- | cipitem me dat; comp. LXX. Eppuye and Symmaception being that God—who in ver. 12 is represented as seizing Job and dashing him in pieces,
chus švé 3ale.-Sy in the first member, “the -is here represented as seizing, compressing |
perverted one, the reprobate, the unrighteous," him, until his body is shriveled, crumpled up or again—"the boy" [der Bube, “ or the boyish, into wrinkles.-E.). In opposition to Ewald, childish, knavish one'] as Del. explains it, (rewho changes 7707 into 777 (=1717, see ch. vi. ferring to cb. xix. 18; xxii. 11), is used collec2: xxx. 13), and translates accordingly: "and tively for the plur., as the parallel term Dv0? calamity seized me as a witness "-comp. Del. ! in b shows. and Dillm, on the passage: [who object that it Second Strophe: Vers. 12–17. Continuation of
the description of the cruel and hostile treatwould leave zy? without much of its force and
ment he had received from God, notwithstanding emphasis, and that the construction would be too his innocence. condensed and artificial].–And my leanness Ver. 12. I was at ease, and He then shathas appeared against me, accusing me to the face (speaking out against me, comp. ch.
tered me. 178, secure, unharmed, suspecting xv. 66). On one = consumption, emaciation,
no evil; comp. ch. xxi. 23; iii. 26.-2979, Pilp. comp. Ps. cix. 24. The signification rests on a
of 770 with strong intensive signification-sto metaphor similar to that by virtue of which a
shatter, to crush in pieces;" so also the followdried-up brook is called a “liar” (ch. vi. 15
ing 1239, from 139, “to beat in pieces, to dash seq.).
to pieces." p« He compares himself to a man Ver. 9. His anger has torn and made war who is seized by the hair of his head, and thrown upon me; He has gnashed against me down a precipice, where his limbs are broken. with His teeth; as mine enemy He has He probably alludes to some ancient mode of whetted His eyes against me. God, who is punishing criminals." Wemyss). Observe the now again spoken of in the third person, is ima onomatopoetic element of these intensive forms, gined as a ferocious beast of prey, who is en which furthermore are to be understood not litraged against Job. 8o above in ch. x. 16.-As erally or physically, but in a figurative sense of to the “tearing," comp. Hos. vi. 1; the making the sudden shattering of prosperity, and peace war,'' ch. xxx. 21; the “whetting” or “sharp- of soul.-And set me for a mark. 770? ening” of the eyes, Ps. vii. 13 : also the (from 70), tnpeiv, like okorós from okéTTEOVCI), acies oculorum of the Romans, and the modern
target, mark, as in 1 Sam, xx. 20; Lam. iii. 12; expression, “to shoot a murderous look at any
comp. 1207 above in ch. vil. 20. Ver. 10. Men also, like God, fall upon Job, as
Ver. 13 expands the figure in ch. xii. c.-His his enemies. resembling beasts of prey.-They arrows whirred about me. 22, not “his have opened wide their mouth against troops, bis archers” (Rabb. [E. V., Noy., Con.,