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Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Job 27:19

The rich man - That is, the rich man who is wicked.Shall lie down - Shalt die - for so the connection demands.But he shall not be gathered - In an honorable burial. The slain in battle are gathered together for burial; but he shall be unburied. The expressions “to be gathered,” “to be gathered to one’s fathers,” frequently occur in the Scriptures, and seem to be used to denote a peaceful and happy death and an honorable burial. There was the idea of a happy union with departed friends; of being... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Job 27:19

Job 27:19. The rich man shall lie down In death; but he shall not be gathered Namely, in burial, as this word יאס Š, jeaseph, is often used. Instead of that honourable interment with his fathers, which he expected, his carcass shall lie like dung upon the earth. He openeth, or, one openeth his eyes, and he is not That is, while a man can open his eyes, in a moment, or in the twinkling of an eye, he is as if he had never been; he is dead and gone, and his family and name are extinct... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Job 27:1-23

27:1-31:40 JOB’S SUMMARYThe traditional teaching (27:1-23)According to the established pattern of the debate, Zophar should speak next, but when he does not, Job proceeds to summarize his own position. He restates that, in spite of his suffering and bitterness, he is innocent of the great wrongdoing of which they accuse him, and he assures them that he intends to remain innocent (27:1-6).Job knows as well as his friends do that the ungodly will, in the end, be punished and no final cry for... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Job 27:19

he = it: i.e. his wealth which is out at interest. gathered = gathered in, or collected. he = it: i.e. his wealth is gone. Not he, the rich man, for if he opens his eyes, he "is", not "is not". read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Job 27:19

Job 27:19. The rich man shall lie down, &c.— He may lie down rich, but it is the last time: a rendering which the latter part of the verse fully justifies. It describes the case of a tyrant, who lies down to rest in quiet; but those who conspire against him come upon him while he sleepeth: he openeth his eyes, but it is but for a moment; to see his own destruction. Heath; with whom Houbigant agrees. But Mr. Peters explains it thus: "The wicked rich man shall die, but shall not be gathered... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Job 27:19

19. gathered—buried honorably (Genesis 25:8; 2 Kings 22:20). But UMBREIT, agreeably to Job 27:18, which describes the short continuance of the sinner's prosperity, "He layeth himself rich in his bed, and nothing is robbed from him, he openeth his eyes, and nothing more is there." If English Version be retained, the first clause probably means, rich though he be in dying, he shall not be honored with a funeral; the second, When he opens his eyes in the unseen world, it is only to see his... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Job 27:1-23

Job’s denial of his friends’ wisdom ch. 27Since Job 27:1 begins, "Then Job continued . . .," Job may have paused and waited for Zophar to respond. However, we have no third speech by him in the text. Evidently Job proceeded to elaborate further on Bildad’s "wisdom" but broadened his perspective and addressed all three friends. "You" in Job 27:5; Job 27:11-12 is plural in the Hebrew text.Job began by affirming his innocence (Job 27:1-6). For the first time he took an oath that his words were... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Job 27:1-23

Job’s Eighth Speech (concluded)1-6. Job protests that he is innocent.Job 27:1-6 are an enlargement of what Job had previously said (Job 13:16) of his determination not to admit that he was being punished for his sins, since he felt that he was innocent of any great offence. This much is plain, but the rest of the chapter (Job 27:7-23) is puzzling; inasmuch as the sentiments expressed regarding the fate of the wicked seem opposed to Job’s views in the rest of the book when he enlarges on the... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Job 27:19

(19) But he shall not be gathered.—Some ancient versions read, “but he shall do so no more;” but the “gathering” may refer to his wealth. “He openeth his eyes, and it (i.e., his wealth) is not;” or it may mean that as soon as he opens his eyes, hoping to enjoy his riches, he shall be no more, but be suddenly cut off. This sense appears to accord with the following verses. read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Job 27:1-23

Job 27:6 Human nature is a noble and beautiful thing; not a foul nor a base thing.... Have faith that God made you upright, though you have sought out many inventions; so you will strive daily to become more what your Maker meant and means you to be, and daily gives you also the power to be, and you will cling more and more to the nobleness and virtue that is in you, saying, 'My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go'. Ruskin in The Grown of Wild Olive. The great thing in the world... read more

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