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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Job 27:1-6

Job's discourse here is called a parable (mashal), the title of Solomon's proverbs, because it was grave and weighty, and very instructive, and he spoke as one having authority. It comes from a word that signifies to rule, or have dominion; and some think it intimates that Job now triumphed over his opponents, and spoke as one that had baffled them. We say of an excellent preacher that he knows how dominari in concionibus?to command his hearers. Job did so here. A long strife there had been... read more

John Gill

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

God forbid that I should justify you ,.... Not but that he counted them righteous and good men God-ward; he did not take upon him to judge their state, and to justify or condemn them with respect to their everlasting condition; but he could not justify them in their censures of him, and say they did a right thing in charging him with wickedness and hypocrisy; nor could he justify them in all their sentiments and doctrines which they had delivered concerning the punishment of the wicked in... read more

Adam Clarke

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

God forbid - di - לי חלילה chalilah lli , far be it from me, that I should justify you - that I should now, by any kind of acknowledgment of wickedness or hypocrisy justify your harsh judgment. You say that God afflicts me for my crimes; I say, and God knows it is truth, that I have not sinned so as to draw down any such judgment upon me. Your judgment, therefore, is pronounced at your own risk. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 27:1-10

Job's first parable: 1. The transgressions of a godly man. I. A DARING ACCUSATION . 1 . Against whom directed? Against Eloah, the All-sufficient One; Shaddai, the All-powerful One, the Self-existent, Living One, whose universal dominion, resistless might, and ineffable majesty Bildad ( Job 25:1-3 ) and Job himself ( Job 26:5-14 ) had eloquently pictured. With exalted conceptions of the transcendent greatness of the invisible Supreme, whose continual presence also he vividly... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 27:1-23

This chapter divides itself into three distinct portions. In the first, which extends to the end of Job 27:6 , Job is engaged in maintaining, with the utmost possible solemnity (verse 2), both his actual integrity (verse 6) and his determination to hold fast his integrity as long as he lives (verses 4-6). In the second (verses 7-10) he implicates a curse upon his enemies. In the third (verses 11-23) he returns to the consideration of God's treatment of the wicked, and retracts the view... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 27:1-23

Job a victor in the controversy. After the last speech of Job the friends appear to be completely overcome and silenced, and the third of them does not venture to renew the attack. The sufferer therefore continues, in a speech of high poetic beauty, to instruct the friends, while once more insisting on his own innocence. I. INNOCENCE MAINTAINED . (Verses 2-10.) 1 . Conscious rectitude of resolve. (Verses 2-4.) In the profoundest sense that his thoughts are open to the eye of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 27:5

God forbid that I should justify you ; i.e. allow that you have been right all along, and that I have drawn these judgments down upon me by secret sins. Till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me . So long as he continues to live, Job will not cease to maintain his innocence. It has been repeatedly pointed out that he does not mean to declare himself absolutely without sin, but only to deny such heinous guilt as his friends imputed to him (see Job 22:5-9 ). read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 27:5-6

Determined integrity. Job is resolved to retain his integrity in spite of every rude assault. He will not suffer himself to be withdrawn from his fixed resolve. By firm resolution integrity may be preserved, though a boastful spirit exposes itself to temptation. Between the perils of presumptuous boasting on the one hand and timid irresolution on the other, lies the path of safety in a lowly, humble determination. I. RESOLUTION FORTIFIES THE MIND AGAINST THE ATTACKS OF ... read more

Albert Barnes

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

God forbid - לי חלילה châlı̂ylâh lı̂y. “Far be it from me.” Literally, “Profane be it to me;” that is, I should regard it as unholy and profane; I cannot do it.That I should justify you - That I should admit the correctness of your positions, and should concede that I am an hypocrite. He was conscious of integrity and sincerity, and nothing could induce him to abandon that conviction, or to admit the correctness of the reasoning which they had pursued in regard to him. Coverdale (1535 a.d.)... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Job 27:5-6

Job 27:5-6. God forbid that I should justify you In your opinion concerning me, and censure of me; till I die, &c. Never hope that I will yield to your judgment, which I know to be false: no, I abhor the thought of it, and will sooner die than confess the guilt which you charge upon me. My righteousness I hold fast You shall never extort that from me, but I will resolutely maintain my uprightness, and not be persuaded by any reason to desert its defence. My heart shall not reproach... read more

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