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Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Job 21:23-24

Job 21:23-24. One dieth in his full strength In a state of perfect health, and strength, and prosperity; all which this phrase implies. His breasts are full of milk The Hebrew word, עשׂין , gnatin, here rendered breasts, is not elsewhere used in Scripture, and therefore is translated different ways. Houbigant renders the clause, When his bowels are loaden with fatness. Others, When his milk-pails are full of milk; or, his oil-vessels are full of fatness. And his bones are moistened... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Job 21:1-34

Job’s reply to Zophar (21:1-34)There are two main reasons for Job’s impatient speech. One is the frustration of arguing with a person whom he cannot see or hear. The other is the constant pain that torments him. If the friends can understand this and stop their mockery for a moment, Job will answer Zophar’s statement calmly (21:1-6). The wicked are not always swiftly destroyed as Zophar claims. Many enjoy long lives of peace, prosperity and happiness (7-13). The wicked fight against God yet... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Job 21:16-26

Job 21:16-26. Lo, their good is not in their hand— After the foregoing elegant description of the prosperity of some wicked men, Job proceeds, on the other hand, to confess what was likewise apparent in the ways of Providence, that some of them were as remarkably distinguished by their wretchedness, being exposed to the most dreadful evils and calamities. He knew that, while he had been recounting the prosperity of the wicked, he had touched upon a tender point, to which his adversaries would... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Job 21:24

24. breasts—rather, "skins," or "vessels" for fluids [LEE]. But [UMBREIT] "stations or resting-places of his herds near water"; in opposition to Zophar (Job 20:17); the first clause refers to his abundant substance, the second to his vigorous health. moistened—comparing man's body to a well-watered field (Proverbs 3:8; Isaiah 58:11). read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Job 21:1-34

6. Job’s second reply to Zophar ch. 21After the first cycle of speeches, Job responded to a point each of his friends had made, namely, that God consistently blesses the righteous and blasts the unrighteous. After this second cycle of speeches, Job again replied to a point each accuser had made: that the wicked suffer destruction in this life."This speech is unusual for Job on several counts. It is the only one in which he confines his remarks to his friends and does not fall into either a... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Job 21:17-26

The reason the wicked die 21:17-26Job claimed that the wicked die for the same reason the righteous die. They are sinners. They do not invariably die early because they are wicked sinners. Furthermore, God does not punish the children of the wicked who die late in life for their parents’ sins. Job said that would be no punishment on the parents since they would not be alive to witness their children’s suffering. He also pointed out that his companions were putting God in a box by not allowing... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Job 21:1-34

Job’s Sixth SpeechZophar, like the other friends, had insisted on the certain retribution for sin which befalls the wicked in this life. Now at length these views draw from Job a direct contradiction. It is his manner to wait till the three friends have spoken before he demolishes their case.1-21. Job declares that as a matter of common observation bad men often go prosperously through life without any sign of God’s displeasure.4. To man] RM ’of man.’ It is of God that Job complains. And if,... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Job 21:24

(24) His breasts.—This is an uncertain word, occurring only here. Some understand it literally of milk-pails, others of the lacteals of the human body, which certainly suits the parallelism better. read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Job 21:1-34

Job 21:7 ; Job 21:9 'Napoleon,' observes Lord Rosebery, 'is often only thinking aloud in the bitterness of his heart,' in his conversation on religion, 'as when he says that he cannot believe in a just God punishing and rewarding, for good people are always unfortunate and scoundrels are always lucky: "look at Talleyrand, he is sure to die in his bed".' Quoting this and similar passages from Job in the fourth chapter of his Service of Man, Mr. Cotter Morison adds: 'Probably few religious... read more

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