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Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Job 29:2-3

Job 29:2-3. O that I were as in months past O that God would re- establish me in that happy condition wherein I was some time ago; in the days when God preserved me From all those miseries which now I feel, and when I seemed to be a principal part of his care! You would then pay a greater regard to my words than you do now in my adversity. When his candle shined upon my head When his favour and blessing attended me, to comfort and direct me. And when by his light I walked through... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Job 29:1-25

Past glory; present humiliation (29:1-30:31)Since the three friends have nothing more to say, Job proceeds to show that in the past he had indeed tried to fear God and avoid wrongdoing. So close was his fellowship with God in those days that he could call it friendship (29:1-4). He was blessed with family happiness and prosperity (5-6). He was one of the city elders and was highly respected by the whole community (7-10).Most rulers were corrupt, favouring the rich and oppressing the poor, but... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Job 29:2

I. Note the frequency of "I" (self-occupation). In Job 29:0 , the "I" of prosperity; in Job 30:0 , the "I" of adversity; in Job 31:0 , the "I" of self-righteousness. Contrast the "I" of Job 42:2-6 , the "end". read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Job 29:1-25

Job’s past blessedness ch. 29"Chapter 29 is another classic example of Semitic rhetoric with all the elements of good symmetrical style. . . . The pattern is as follows:"Blessing, Job 29:2-6Honor, Job 29:7-11Job’s benevolence, Job 29:12-17Blessing, Job 29:18-20Honor, Job 29:21-25 . . ."Job in asserting his benevolence places a description of it in the climatic position in this oration, with the key line (Job 29:14) in the exact middle of the poem." [Note: Smick, "Architectonics, Structured . .... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Job 29:1-40

2. Job’s defense of his innocence ch. 29-31Job gave a soliloquy before his dialogue with his three friends began (ch. 3). Now he concluded that dialogue with two soliloquies (chs. 28 and 29-31). In this second of the bracketing two, Job longed for his past state of blessedness (ch. 29), lamented his present misery (ch. 30), and reaffirmed his innocence calling on God to vindicate him in the future (ch. 31). This whole discourse is a kind of concluding summary of his case, and he delivered it as... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Job 29:1-25

Job’s Past Greatness and HappinessJob mournfully recalls the days of God’s favour, and the prosperity and honour he once enjoyed. In this chapter we have the picture of a great and worthy chieftain looked up to and respected by all. It confirms the description of Job’s importance in Job 1.3. Candle] RV ’lamp’; a figure of God’s favour. 4. Days of my youth] RV ’ripeness of my days.’ Secret] RM’ friendship.’ Tabernacle] RV ’tent.’6. A figure of prosperity: cp. Deuteronomy 33:24.7. Through the... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Job 29:1-40

These chapters form a section by themselves, in which Job reviews his life. He first of all draws a picture of his past prosperous career, when he was happy and respected (Job 29). With this he contrasts his present condition, when men he once despised now hold him in contempt, and he is in pain and sorrow and disgrace (Job 30). Finally, he reasserts his innocence of wickedness in any form (Job 31). read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Job 29:2

(2) Preserved.—Or, watched over me. When does God not watch over us, if we only knew it? read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Job 29:1-25

Job 29:2 At the close of his paper on Good-Nature ( Spectator, No. 171), Addison quotes this chapter as one of 'several passages which I have always read with great delight in the book of Job. It is the Account which that Holy Man gives of his Behaviour in the Days of his Prosperity; and, if considered only as a human Composition, is a finer picture of a charitable and good-natured man than is to be met with in any other author.' 'People do not dream when they are happy. For the last few... read more

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