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Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Job 27:20

Terrors-take hold on him as waters - That is, as suddenly and violently as angry floods; compare the notes at Job 18:14.A tempest stealeth him away - He is suddenly cut off by the wrath of God. A tempest comes upon him as unexpectedly as a thief or robber comes at night. Death is often represented as coming upon man with the silence of a thief, or the sudden violence of a robber at midnight; see the note at Job 21:17; compare Matthew 24:42-44. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Job 27:20

Job 27:20. Terrors take hold on him From the sense of approaching death or judgment. As waters As violently and irresistibly as a river breaking its banks, or a deluge of waters bears down all before it. A tempest stealeth, &c. God’s wrath cometh upon him like a tempest, and withal unexpectedly like a thief in the night. 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

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Job 27:20

Job 27:20. Terrors take hold on him, &c.— See Proverbs 10:25. The meaning of the high metaphors in these verses is, that he dieth, as most wicked men do, in the utmost terror, tumult, and confusion. read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Job 27:20

20. (Job 18:11; Job 22:11; Job 22:21). Like a sudden violent flood (Isaiah 8:7; Isaiah 8:8; Jeremiah 47:2): conversely (Psalms 32:6). 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

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

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Job 27:1-23

XXII.THE OUTSKIRTS OF HIS WAYSJob 26:1-14; Job 27:1-23Job SPEAKSBEGINNING his reply Job is full of scorn and sarcasm."How hast thou helped one without power! How hast thou saved the strengthless arm! How hast thou counselled one void of knowledge, And plentifully declared the thing that is known!"Well indeed hast thou spoken, O man of singular intelligence. I am very weak, my arm is powerless. What reassurance, what generous help thou hast provided! I, doubtless, know nothing, and thou hast... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Job 27:1-23

CHAPTER 27 Job’s Closing Words in Self-Vindication 1. My righteousness I hold fast (Job 27:1-6 ) 2. The contrast between himself and the wicked (Job 27:7-23 ) Job 27:1-6 . Zophar, the third friend, no longer speaks. Perhaps Job paused after his remarks in answer to Bildad and waited for Zophar’s criticism. Perhaps that young hot-head hid his inability of advancing another argument under an assumed disgust. Critics have assigned Job 27:7-10 and Job 27:13-23 to Zophar and claim that Job did... read more

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