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much property he may possess, because he is the crimes which the ungodly have committed in without God, in whom all good things are stored. their presence. In Christ however the sins of You have an example of this in Alexander the all the godly are covered, nay, are absorbed.Great, who, not content with the sovereignty of Wohlfarth: Nature is leagued against sin! It one world, groaned on learning that there were is an incontrovertible truth which we find here, more worlds.
| written thousands of years ago-he who departs Ver. 27. IDEM: Creatures, when they see the from God's ways contends against heaven and impieties and crimes of the ungodly, are silent earth, which from the beginning of the ages have until God pronounces judgment; but when His been arrayed against sin, as & revolt against judgment is revealed, then all creatures betray | God's sacred ordinances.
B.-JOB: That which experience teaches concerning the prosperity of the ungodly during their life on earth argues not against but for his innocence:
CHAPTER XXI. 1. Introductory appeal to the friends :
VERSES 1-6. 1 But Job answered and said: 2 Hear diligently my speech,
and let this be your consolations. 3 Suffer me that I may speak;
and after that I have spoken, mock on. 4 As for me, is my complaint to man ?
and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled ? 5 Mark me, and be astonished,
and lay your hand upon your mouth. 6 Even when I remember I am afraid,
and trembling taketh hold on my flesh.
2. Along with the fact of the prosperity of the wicked, taught by experience (vers. 7-16), stands the other fact of earthly calamity befalling the pious and the righteous :
VERSES 7-26. 7 Wherefore do the wicked live,
become old, yea, are mighty in power? 8 Their seed is established in their sight with them,
and their offspring before their eyes. 9 Their houses are safe from fear,
neither is the rod of God upon them. 10 Their bull gendereth and faileth not;
their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf. 11 They send forth their little ones like a flock,
and their children dance. 12 They take the timbrel and harp,
and rejoice at the sound of the organ. 13 They spend their days in wealth,
and in a moment go down to the grave. 14 Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us,
for we desire not the knowledge of Thy ways. 15 What is the Almighty that we should serve Him?
and what profit should we have, if we pray unto Him? 16 Lo, their good is not in their hand!
the counsel of the wicked is far from me. 17 How oft is the candle of the wicked put out ?
and how oft cometh their destruction upon them ?
God distributeth sorrows in His anger. 18 They are as stubble before the wind,
and as chaff that the storm carrieth away. 19 God layeth up His iniquity for His children:
He rewardeth him, and he shall know it. 20 His eyes shall see his destruction,
and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty. 21 For what pleasure hath he in his house after him,
when the number of his months is cut off in the midst ? 22 Shall any teach God knowledge ?
seeing He judgeth those that are high. 23 One dieth in his full strength,
being wholly at ease, and quiet. 24 His breasts are full of milk,
and his bones are moistened with marrow. 25 And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul,
and never eateth with pleasure. 26 They shall lie down alike in the dust.
and the worms shall cover them.
3. Rebuke of the friends because they set forth only one side of that experience, and use it to his
VERSES 27–34. 27 Behold, I know your thoughts,
and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me. 28 For ye say, Where is the house of the prince ?
and where are the dwelling-places of the wicked ? 29 Have ye not asked them that go by the way?
and do ye not know their tokens ? 30 that the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction?
they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath. 31 Who shall declare his way to his face ?
and who shall repay him what he hath done? 32 Yet shall he be brought to the grave,
and shall remain in the tomb. 33 The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him,
and every man shall draw after him,
as there are innumerable before him. 34 How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood ?
| throughout their earthly life pursued by misforEXEGETICAL AND CRITICAL.
tune (vers. 7-26). In view of a distribution of
prosperity and adversity so unequal, and so 1. The obstinacy of the friends, who show much at variance with the moral desert of men, neither the desire nor the inclination to solve the it was decidedly unjust, nay malicious and false mystery of Job's sufferings in a friendly spirit, on the part of the friends to undertake to brand and in such a way as would not wound his feel| | him as a wicked man on account of his misforings, drives Job to come out in theoretic oppo tune (vers. 27-34). The whole discussion which sition to the narrow and external interpretation | brilliantly demonstrates Job's superiority over of the doctrine of retribution advocated by the friends in respect to the stand-point of etbithem, and to change his reply from the essen cal perception and experience, and which serves tially personal character which it had previously to introduce the last turn which the colloquy borne into a strict criticism of their doctrine. takes, and which is decisive of his complete sicHaving first calmly but bitterly challenged their tory, is divided into five strophes, of five verses attention to that which he had to communicate each, the first strophe covering the exordiuin to them (vers. 2-6), he urges against them the (vers. 2-6), the remaining four constituting the mysterious fact that often the ungodly revel in Second Division [the former two of these strosuperfluity of prosperity to the end of their life, phes again being occupied with the fact, the latwhile on the contrary the pious are often ter two with the argument showing the fact to
be irreconcilable with their theory of retribu- | viz. : as being dumb with astonishment, comp. tion; Dillm.]; followed by two strophes of four ch. xxix. 9; xl. 4-90ni Imper. cons. Hiph. verses each rebuking the one-sidedness of the friends constituting the Third Division (vers.
from Dad (comp. ch. xvii. 8; xviii. 20) (with 27-34.)
Pattach for Tsere in pause], obstupescile. Accord2. First Division (and strophe): Exordium :
ing to the reading rum? (Imper. Hoph. of the vers. 2-6. Job announces that he is about to speak of a mysterious and indeed an astounding
same verb) [as some regard it even with the phenomenon, which demands the entire atten punctuation son=hoshammu] the meaning is iion of the friends.
not essentially different. Ver. 2. Hear, I pray, hear my speech! Ver. 6. Verily if I think on it I am conand let this be instead of your consolations—or: "in order that this may supply the
founded ( na!! apodosis ; comp. ch. vii. 14) place of your consolations, may prove to me a and my flesh seizes on horror. In Heb. comfort instead of them, seeing that they so l'?0? is subject; comp. the similar phraseology poorly accomplish their purpose” (comp. ch. lin ch. xviii. 20. 01352, from y chap. ix. 6, xv. 11; xvi. 2). (A fine touch of irony: attentive silence would be a much more real comfort
means convulsive quaking, terror, as in the New than all their ineffectual talk!]
Testament έκθαμβείσθαι και αδημονείν (Mark xiv.
| 33). It is to be noted how by these strong exVer. 3. Suffer me (JRW, with Kamets be
pressions the friends are prepared to hear somefore the tone, comp. Jon. i. 12; 1 Kings XX. 83; thing grave, fearful, astounding, to wit a propoGesenius 60  Rem. 1)—and then will sition, founded on experience, which seems to I speak (1, pix, in contrast with the "you" of
call in question the divine justice, and to the af.
firmation of which Job accordingly proceeds the Imper., although without a particularly hesitatingly, and with visible reluctance. strong accent); and after that I have spo
| 3. Second Division : First Half: The testiken, thou mayest mock (dys, concessive, mony of experience to the fact that the wicked Ewald & 136, e). The demand for a patient are often, and indeed ordinarily prosperous : hearing of his rebuke, which reminds us some vers. 7-16. what of the saying of Themistocles—"Strike,
Second Strophe : vers. 7-11. Why do the but hear me!" (Plutarch, Themist. c. 11), is
wicked live on-instead of dyiug early, as specifically addressed in the second half to Zo
Zophar had maintained, chap. xx. 5. The same phar, whose last discourse must have grieved |
question is propounded by Jeremiah, ch. xii. 1 him particularly, and who in fact after the re
ter the re- seq.; comp. Ps. lxxiii. Mal. iii. 13 seq. Become joinder which Job now makes had nothing more olā, yea, strong in power, or: “are become to say, and could only leave the mocking age |
old (lit. advanced in years, comp. piny) and saults on Job to be resumed by his older com- 1 panions. [So in xvi. 3 Job had singled out Eli
mighty in possessions.” In regard to ? phaz in his reply, and again in ch. xxvi. 2-4, he | (with accus. of specification) comp. the equivasingles out Bildad].
lent phrase som navn, Ps. lxxiii. 12; and in reVer. 4. Does my complaint go forth from me in regard to man? i. e. as for me
gard to Son see above ch. xv. 29; xx. 16, 18. (Pjx emphatically prefixed, and then resumed
| Ver. 8. Their posterity is established again in n'w, Gesen. 8 145 18 1427, 2), is my ly here not—“standing in readiness," as in complaint directed against men > is my complaint ch. xii. 5; xv. 23, but “ enduring, firmly es(min as in ch. vii. 13; ix. 27; . 1), concerning
tablished, as in (Ps. xciii. 2) before them
round about them, surrounding them in the men, or is it not rather concerning something that
closest proximity; this is the meaning of Day, has a superhuman cause, something that is decreed by God? That in this last thought lies
not: “like themselves" (Rosenm., Umbreit,
| Schlottm., Vaih., [Fürst, Noyes) etc.), in behalf the tacit antithesis to OTK is evident from the
of which latter signification to be sure ch. ix. second member: or why should I not be 26 might be cited ; but the parallel expression impatient? lit. “why should my spirit not be -"before their eyes”-in the second member, come short,” comp. chi vi. 11; Mic. ii. 7; Zech. favors rather the former sense. [And their xi. 8; Prov. xiv. 29. That which follows offspring before their eyes. Dixyxy, as in gives us to understand more distinctly that it ch. v. 25—"is exactly expressed by our issue, was something quite extraordinary, superhuman, though perhaps the reduplication rather imunder the burden of which Job groans, and plies issue's issue." Carey). Job, having been concerning which he has to complain. [The
himself so ruthlessly stripped of his children, rendering of the last clause found in E. V. Lee,
makes prominent above all else this aspect of the Wemyss, etc. : “And if it were so, why should external prosperity of the wicked, that namely not my spirit be troubled ?” is both legs natu
which is exhibited in a flourishing posterity, a ral, in view of the antecedent probability that
fine trait of profound psychological truth! [To Ox? is cor-related to the 7 interrogative, less be noted moreover is the pathetic repetition of simple, and less satisfactory in the meaning the thought in both members of the verse, and which it yields. E.).
its no less pathetic resumption in ver. 11. This Ver. 5. Turn ye to me and be aston-picture of a complete and peaceful household, ished, and lay the hand on the mouth, with its circle of joyous youth fascinates the bereaved father's heart exceedingly, and he dwells 21W, instead of which several MSS. and Ed's. on it with yearning fondness!]
| have in ch. XXX. 31 ay, and in Ps. cl. 4 , Ver. 9. Their houses [are] peace (0170, comp. Delitzsch on Ger. iy. 21; Winer, Realthe same as biswa; comp. ch. v. 24 [where see
wörterb. II., 123 seq. [" The three musical in
struments here mentioned are certainly the most rem. in favor of the more literal and forcible
ancient, and are naturally the most simple, and rendering obtained by not assuming the prepo
indeed may be regarded as the originals of every sition at all; E.] Isaiah xli. 3) without fear.
species of musical instrument that has since been ine?, like ITVIP ch. xix. 26; (comp. ch. xi. invented, all which may be reduced to three 15 ; Ig. xxii.3) and the rod of Eloah cometh | kinds—string instruments, wind instruments, not upon them, i. e. to punish them; comp. and instruments of percussion; and the 7133 nu in ch. ix. 34; xxxvii. 13 (How different from
harp, the Iwy, pipe, and the jn, tabor, may be the fate of his own “ house!” No such “ Ter
considered as the first representatives of each ror," no such “Scourge” as that which had
of these species respectively." Carey, see illusmade his a ruin!-E.].
trations in Carey, p. 453 seq., and Smith Bib. er. 10. From the state of the household the Dict. under “Harp, Timbrel, and Organ"]. description turns to that of the cattle, with the Ver. 13. They spend in prosperity their peculiarity that here exceptionally the sing.
days.--So according to the K'ri 152: (lit, “ they takes the place of the plur., which is used almost throughout to designate the wicked (80 complete, finish,” comp. ch. xxxvi. 11; Ps. xc. again below ver. 19, and in like manner ch. xxiv. 9), while the K'thibh 192! would be, according 5, 16 seq.). His bull gendereth and faileth
to Iga. lxv. 22 =“they use up, wear out" (usu not (Zöckler lit.—"bis bull covereth and im
conterunt) (which is more expressive than the pregnates"]. 110, in itself of common gender, K’ri, signifying not only that they bring their is here indicated as a maso. both by the contrast life to an end, but that they use it up, get out with 779 in b, and by its predic. ngy, "to of it all the enjoyment that is in it.-E.]. In cover, to gender” (comp. 7454" produce fruit,”
either case the affirmation is made in direct con
tradiction to the opposite descriptions of Eliphaz, Josh. v. 11, 12). The additional strengthening Bildad, and Zophar, as e. g., ch. xv. 32; xviii. clause by2" **!, neque efficit ut ejiciat (semen)
14; xx. 11.-And in a moment (923 like indicates that the impregnation is success
our “in a trice” [Germ. : “ im Nu”], hence ful. The second member is entirely paral
| quickly, easily, without a struggle) they sink
down to Sheol,-they thus enjoy a quick lel.-His cow calveth easily (0?, synon. death, free from suffering, having fully enjoyed with who, wikan, Is. xxxiv. 15; lxvi. 7) and
| their life even to the end. The connection does miscarries not, neque abortum patitur, comp. I death.” but rather requires the idea of & eu
not allow us to understand it of an "evil sudden Gen. xxxi. 38; Ex. xxiii. 26.
thanasy.-An: might in itself be the Imperf. Ver. 11. Once more Job recurs to the fairest
Niph. of nnn: "they are frightened down" instance of earthly prosperity, the possession of
[others, e. g., Bernard; “they are crushed, or & flourishing troop of children. On Oirl | hurled down"], to which however the Accus. loci comp. above on ch. xix. 18 (where however the I boxeo is ill suited. More correctly the form is word suggests, as it does not necessarily here, a derived from on), the Imperf. of which is writbad quality in the children themselves; Bernard's rendering "they send forth their wicked
er; ten either ons, or nn? It may be read here little children." introduces an incongruous ele- eitbering. (for inn!-80 Ewald, Hirzel), or ment into the picture, which Job contemplates with reduplication of the o in pause [Dageshhere as a pleasing and attractive one.-E.) As forte emphatio, Green, $ 24, c] after the Masora; to 778, “to send forth, to let loose,” see Isa.
comp. Gesen. Lehrgeb., p. 45; Ewald, 93, d.
Ver. 14 seq. And yet they say unto God, xxxii. 20.
“ Depart from us," etc., etc., i. e., notwithstandThird Strophe: Vers. 12–16. They (the ing their prosperity (“the fut. consec. IVPN does wicked) sing loud with the playing of tim not here denote temporally that which follows brel and harp; hence with joyous festivity, as
upon and from something else, but generally that
which is inwardly connected with something else, in Isa, v. 12.-187! (scil. Sip) lit. “ they raise and even with that which is contradictory, and their voice,” é e., in loud jubilations or songs of still occurring at the same time;" Del.], which joy; comp. Is. xlii. 11.0713?! ging, used as in
should constrain them to gratitude towards God,
they will know nothing about Him, yea, they acPs. xlix. 5  of the musical accompaniment;
count the service of God and prayer to Him as hence, “with, to the timbrel and harp.” On the
useless. ? y 29, precibus adire; comp. Ruth i. contrary the reading preferred by the Masora
16; Jer. vii. 16; xxvii. 18. and several Rabbis, gho would signify “ at, Ver. 16. After the frivolous words of the unduring the playing of the timbrel, etc.” (3 of the godly Job here resumes his own description, and proximate specification of time, as in nyal,
concludes the section in which he states his pro
“ V position.-Behold, not in their hand stands [“ about the time''], pype, etc.). Concerning their prosperity. This is not an objection as
הלֹא not ,הֵן לֹא is contradicted by the use of
might at חֲבָלִים לָהֶם or חַבְלֵיהֶם ,tended here
sumed by Job to be made by his opponents, as —whereas on the contrary Job is asking how below in ver. 19 (Schourrer, Schlottm., Kamph.) often was this the case ?-E.): (how often) does [Noyes, Elzas), but an expression of Job's own He distribute sorrows in His anger? The conviction, who intends herewith to set forth subject is God (comp. ch. xx. 23). The partithat not they, but God Himself is in some mysteri- cular affirmation of his opponents, to which Job ous way the cause of their prosperity, by which he here alludes, is the close of Zophar's last speech would indicate the difficulty of the problem, with I can
(ch. xx. 29), the pan of which is distinctly
01 the bn of which is disting wbich he is here occupied in general. The sentence is not an expression of Job's disapproba- | enough echoed here in the pind. The retrotion of the view of life prevalent among the
spective reference to this passage would be still wicked (Ewald) [Carey, Wordsworth], for such an expression of disapprobation first appears in more definite if we were to derive oi?an from b, and the position of the words in a shows an, measuring line (so the Targ., Ewald, Hirz , clearly that the main emphasis lies on OT!!. Dillmann (Schlott., Renan, Fürst], and explain The interrogative rendering of the clause, “Be- | it to mean " lots. heritages'' (comp. Ps. xvi. 6). hold ! is not their prosperity in their hand ?" It is more natural, nevertheless, (with the LXX. (Rashi, Hirzel, Heiligst., Welte, Hahn [Renan]) Vulg., Gesenius, Rosenm. [E. V., Good, Lee,
Noyes, Ber., Rod., Elz.], etc., to take the word in
its ordinary sense=“surrows, calamities” (plur. at the beginning. Moreover the connection
of San). ["The plur. does not occur in that with b according to such a rendering is strained. -E.)-The counsel of the wicked be far tropical sense (of “ lots"), and if it were so infrom me!- The same formula of detestation recurs in the following discourse of Eliphaz, ch.
| least be expected.'* D 1.). xxii. 18.—'? npnd is us d in a precative or
Also the translation
“snares, gins," (Stie kel, Hahn, Delitzsch) yields optative sense (Ewald, & 223, 6); it is thus es- |
a meaning good in itself, and would have, moresentially equivalent to the formula elsewhere in
over, the special recommendation of furnishing use— 5 sn. [“ It is the perf. of certainty, | a retrospeciive reference to ch. viii. 10-12, the which expresses that which is wished as n fact,
same passage of Bildad's discourse to which a
and b look. The expression but with an emotional exclamative accent."
to distribute Del.). In respect to 778y, here in the sense of
snares”-is however altogether too harsh, and
the assumption that such an unusual expression fundamen'al maxim, dieposition, view of life,
| is occasioned by the collateral reference to ch. comp. ch. v. 13; x. 3; xviii. 7. Job thus per- lsviii. 10 sedan
xviii. 10 seq., and to ch. xx. 29, is altogether sists decidedly here again in his refusal in any | too artificiai. way to renounce God; comp. ch. i. 11; ii. 5.
Ver. 18 (over which the influence of 703 con[This strong repudiation by Job of the practical
tinues to extend): How often are they as atheism of the wicked is of especial importance to the moral problem of the book.-E.).
straw (chopped straw) sa figure occurring only 4. Second Division: Second Half. Antithetic
here: the figure of chaff is more frequent. Del.] demonstration of the preceding proposition de
before the wind, and as chaff (Ps. i. 4; Is.
xvii. 13) which the whirlwind snatches rived from experience, with reference to the opposite affirmations of the friends, and their pos
away? An allusion to Zophar's description, sible reproaches.
cb. xx. 8, 9, if not as regurus the expressions, Fourth Strophe: Vers. 17-21. [The views of
still as regards the sense. the friends in regard to retribution denied both
Ver. 19. “God lays up his calamity for as to the fact and the principle].
his (the wicked man's) children!" (isis from Ver. 17 involves a reference to certain expreg
| 1!X in the signification “calamity;" comp. ch. sions which Bildad had used in ch. xviii. in jus. xi. 11; xv. 35.) [There is possibly & play on
ation of his doctrine particularly to his de. the word JIX, which may be rendered either scription of the “extinguishing of the light of his wealth,” or “his calamity.”-His treasure the wicked ” (ch. xviii. 6), and of the sudden is the coming wrath! R also means “iniquidestruction (TX "prop. pressure of suffering" ty," and some (E. V., Del., etc.) render it so Del.) of the same (ch. xviii. 12), hut only to call here. Here, however, the “evil” which is the in question the correct application of these punishment of "evil” best suits the context. figures.-How oft does the lamp of the -E.] This is an objection of the oppowicked go out, and their destructionnents, which links itself to similar affirmations break upon them?-In Job's mind this “how by Eliphaz (ch. v. 4) and Zophar (ch. xx. 10), oft” (1792, comp. Ps. lxxviii. 40) is naturally and which Job himself here formulates, in order equivalent to "how rarely:" for he decidedly | forth with to refute it: (Ratber) let him redoubts the general correctness of those affirma
| compense it to him (or, in view of the emtions of Bildad Moreover the influence of this I phasis belonging to the word bearing the prininterrogative "how oft" extends to the third | cipal tone: “ to him let Him repay it”) that he member of the verse [which accordingly is not may feel it (WT here sentire, to feel, to be sento be rendered affirmatively, as in E. V., “God sible of, as in Is. ix. 8; Hos. ix. 7; Ezek. xxv. distributeth sorrows in His anger"-a rendering 14). In a manner quite similar the prophets Jerewhich changes the meaning of the entire con- miah (ch. xxxi. 29 seq.) and Ezekiel (ch. xviii.) text, making it an assertion by Job that God controvert the similar doctrine of the vicarious does punish the wicked as the friends had taught expiation of the guilt of parents by their pos.