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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Job 13:23-28

Here, I. Job enquires after his sins, and begs to have them discovered to him. He looks up to God, and asks him what was the number of them (How many are my iniquities?) and what were the particulars of them: Make me to know my transgressions, Job 13:23. His friends were ready enough to tell him how numerous and how heinous they were, Job 22:5. ?But, Lord,? says he, ?let me know them from thee; for thy judgment is according to truth, theirs is not.? This may be taken either, 1. As a passionate... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Job 13:24

Wherefore hidest thou thy face ,.... Not from his cry, because of his sore and grievous afflictions, as Bar Tzemach; nor from helping and saving him from his troubles, as Sephorno; nor from looking on his right ways, as Jarchi; but from his person, withdrawing the manifestation of his face and favour; withholding the discoveries of his love; and denying him the light of his countenance, and sensible communion with him, and enjoyment of him, he had been indulged with; Job formerly had seen... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Job 13:24

Wherefore hidest thou thy face - Why is it that I no longer enjoy thy approbation? Holdest me for thine enemy? - Treatest me as if I were the vilest of sinners? read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 13:14-28

The appeal is now to God; but Job prefaces it by excusing his boldness (verses 14-19). read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 13:17-28

Job to God: resumption of the third controversy: 1. The pleading of a saint with Heaven. I. PRELIMINARIES TO THE PLEADING . 1 . Public audience invited. Job requests his discomfited friends to be silent spectators of the ensuing trial, and to attentively consider the defence he was about to offer (verse 17). Intended chiefly for the ear of God, it should yet contain nothing unfit for publication in the hearing of men. Conscious of sincerity, Job had nothing to conceal.... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 13:23-28

Self-defence before God: 1. The weak against the Strong. I. THE CRY OF INJURED INNOCENCE . ( Job 13:23 .) He asks that he may have his sins enumerated and brought home to him, and that he may not thus ever be punished without the knowledge of the nature of his guilt. II. SENSE OF THE SILENCE AND WITHDRAWAL OF GOD . ( Job 13:24 ) God does not answer his challenge, and still his suffering continues, as if he were a foe to whom the Almighty deigns not to utter... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 13:24

Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy? What is thy reason for withdrawing from me the light of thy countenance, and behaving towards me as though thou weft mine enemy? Job does not believe God to be his enemy. He knows that God will one day be his Salvation (verse 16); but he recognizes a present alienation, and desires to be made acquainted with the cause of it. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 13:24

The reasons for sorrow. It has ever been a longing of the suffering heart of man to know why afflictions are permitted. Job is a striking example of the sufferer reduced to questioning. He makes his appeal for the reasons. "Wherefore hidest thou thy face?" Others have urged this inquiry. Even the Exemplar of all patient, submissive, trustful, obedient sufferers cried aloud, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" But the answer comes not to Job with the quickness he may have desired.... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 13:24

The hiding of God's face. I. THE SORROWFUL EXPERIENCE . The thought that God's face is hidden is most distressing to Job. Let us see what he is thinking of, and why he is distressed. The unveiled countenance is a sign of favour; the veiled, or averted face, of displeasure. Therefore Job's word suggests an idea of God's withdrawal of favour. He explains himself by adding, "And holdest me for thine enemy." But Job means more than the withdrawal of manifested favours, as gifts of grace... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Job 13:24

Wherefore hidest thou thy face - To hide the face, or to turn it away, is expressive of disapprobation. We turn away the face when we are offended with anyone. See the notes at Isaiah 1:15.And holdest me for thine enemy - Regardest and treatest me as an enemy. read more

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