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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Job 5:17-27

Eliphaz, in this concluding paragraph of his discourse, gives Job (what he himself knew not how to take) a comfortable prospect of the issue of his afflictions, if he did but recover his temper and accommodate himself to them. Observe, I. The seasonable word of caution and exhortation that he gives him (Job 5:17): ?Despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty. Call it a chastening, which comes from the father's love and is designed for the child's good. Call it the chastening of the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Job 5:27

Lo this, we have searched it ,.... This is the concluding part of Eliphaz's first oration or speech to Job; and in order to engage his attention to it, observes, that what he had said was not his own single opinion, but the sentiment of the rest of his friends; and that it was the result of laborious and diligent investigation; that they had searched the records of former times, and inquired of ancient people, as well as had made the strictest observations on things during their course of... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Job 5:27

Lo this, we have searched it - What I have told thee is the sum of our wisdom and experience on these important points. These are established maxims, which universal experience supports. Know - understand, and reduce them to practice for thy good. Thus ends Eliphaz, the Temanite, "full of wise saws and ancient instances;" but he miserably perverted them in his application of them to Job's case and character. They contain, however, many wholesome truths, of which the wise in heart may make... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 5:1-27

Eliphaz, having narrated his vision, and rehearsed the words which the spirit spoke in his ear, continues in his own person, first ( Job 5:1-7 ) covertly reproaching Job, and then (verses 8-27) seeking to comfort him by the suggestion that, if he will place himself unreservedly in the hands of God, it is still possible that God may relent, remove his chastening hand, deliver him from his troubles, and even give him back all his former prosperity. The anticipation is in remarkable... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 5:8-27

Refuge from trouble in the thought of God. Conclusion of Eliphaz's address. His language suddenly changes into a gentler strain. It is like the clearing of a dark sky, revealing once more the deep blue; or the bend of a stream which has been flowing through a stern gorge, now broadening out into a sunlit lake. I. THE GREATNESS AND BENEFICENCE OF GOD . ( Job 5:8-16 .) Let men turn to him for comfort and for strength. It is a bright gem of description. 1 . God is the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 5:17-27

Eliphaz to Job: 5. The blessedness of chastening. I. CHASTENING — ITS NATURE . 1 . Its subject. Man, as a fallen being; for, though affliction cannot always be connected with particular transgressions as their immediate punishment, it is still true that man's sinfulness is the fundamental reason of his being subjected to correction. 2 . Its Author. God. A thought full of comfort to the chastened; since, God being just, their correction will never be allowed to exceed... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 5:24-27

The final consequences of the Divine chastisement. He who in mercy afflicts, or in equal mercy takes up the evils and ills of life, and, using them as his own instruments, transmutes them into means of grace and blessing, will, after he has tried his servants by their exposure to the storms and pains of life, give them "a desired end." Sooner or later they see "the end of the Lord "—the end the Lord had in view. In these verses the happiest consequences are declared to follow those... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 5:27

Lo this, we have searched it, so it is . Eliphaz does not claim to be delivering a Divine message, or in any way stating results which he has learnt from revelation. Rather is he declaring what he has "searched out;" i.e. gathered with much trouble from inquiry, observation, and experience. He is, however, quite confident that he has arrived at a true conclusion, and expects Job to accept it and act upon it. Hear it, and know thou it for thy good ; literally, for thyself. Make the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Job 5:27

Lo this - All this that I have said; the truth of all the remarks which I have made.We have searched it - We have by careful observation of the course of events come to these conclusions. These are our views of the providence of God, and of the principles of his government, as far as we have had the opportunity of observing, and they are well worthy of your attention. The sentiments in these two chapters indicate close and accurate observation; and if we think that the observation was not... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Job 5:27

Job 5:27. Lo this, we have searched out It is not my single opinion, but my brethren concur with me, as thou wilt hear from their own mouths. And it is no rash or hasty conceit, but what we have learned by deep consideration, long experience, and diligent observation. Know thou it for thy good Know it for thyself, (so the word is,) make application of it to thine own case. That which we thus hear and know for ourselves, we hear and know for our good. read more

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