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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Job 27:7-10

Job having solemnly protested the satisfaction he had in his integrity, for the further clearing of himself, here expresses the dread he had of being found a hypocrite. I. He tells us how he startled at the thought of it, for he looked upon the condition of a hypocrite and a wicked man to be certainly the most miserable condition that any man could be in (Job 27:7): Let my enemy be as the wicked, a proverbial expression, like that (Dan. 4:19), The dream be to those that hate thee. Job was so... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Job 27:7

Let mine enemy be as the wicked ,.... Job in this, and some following verses, shows, that he was not, and could not, and would not be a wicked man and an hypocrite, or however had no opinion and liking of such persons; for whatever his friends might think of him, because he had said so much of their outward prosperity in this world; yet he was far from approving of or conniving at their wickedness and hypocrisy, or choosing them for his companions, and joining with them in their actions, or... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Job 27:7

Let mine enemy be as the wicked - Let my accuser be proved a lying and perjured man, because he has laid to my charge things which he cannot prove, and which are utterly false. 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 27:7

Let mine enemy be as the wicked . The nexus of this passage with what goes before is uncertain. Some suppose Job's full thought to have been, "Ye try to persuade me to act wickedly by making a false representation of my feelings and convictions; but I absolutely refuse to do so. Let that rather be the act of my enemy." Others regard him as simply so vexed by his pretended friends, who are his real enemies, that he is driven to utter an imprecation against them. And he that riseth up against... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Job 27:7

Let mine enemy be as the wicked - This is probably said that he might show that it was not his intention to justify the wicked, and that in all that he had said it was no part of his purpose to express approbation of their course. His friends had charged him with this; but he now solemnly disclaims it, and says that he had no such design. To show how little he meant to justify the wicked, he says that the utmost that he could desire for an enemy would be, that he would be treated as he believed... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Job 27:7

Job 27:7. Let mine enemy be as the wicked I am so far from loving and practising wickedness, whereof you accuse me, that I abhor the thoughts of it; and if I might and should wish to be revenged of mine enemy, I could wish him no greater mischief than to be a wicked man. This does not imply that we may lawfully wish any man to be wicked, or that any man who is not wicked should be treated as wicked; but we ought all rather to choose to be in the condition of a beggar, an outlaw, a... 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

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