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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Job 9:25-35

Job here grows more and more querulous, and does not conclude this chapter with such reverent expressions of God's wisdom and justice as he began with. Those that indulge a complaining humour know not to what indecencies, nay, to what impieties, it will hurry them. The beginning of that strife with God is as the letting forth of water; therefore leave it off before it be meddled with. When we are in trouble we are allowed to complain to God, as the Psalmist often, but must by no means complain... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Job 9:27

If I say, I will forget my complaint ,.... The cause of it, the loss of his children, servants, substance, and health, and endeavour to think no more of these things, and cease complaining about them, and attempt to bury them in oblivion, and change his note: I will leave off my heaviness ; his melancholy thoughts, words, airs, and looks; or "forsake my face" F8 אעזבה פני "relinquam facies meas", Montanus, Bolducius, Schmidt. , put on another countenance, a more pleasent and... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Job 9:27

I will forget my complaint - I will forsake or forego my complaining. I will leave off my heaviness. Vulgate, I will change my countenance - force myself to smile, and endeavor to assume the appearance of comfort. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 9:1-35

Job, in answer to Bildad, admits the truth of his arguments, but declines to attempt the justification which can alone entitle him to accept the favourable side of Bildad's alternative. Man cannot absolutely justify himself before God. It is in vain to attempt to do so. The contest is too unequal. On the one side perfect wisdom and absolute strength (verse 4); on the other, weakness, imperfection, ignorance. guilt (verses 17-20). And no "daysman," or umpire, between them; no third party to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 9:21-35

Job to Bildad: 4. The cries of a desparing soul. I. MAINTAINING HIS INNOCENCE . 1 . Attested by his conscience. "Though I were perfect;" or, better, "I am guiltless" (verse 21). Before God Job did not claim to be absolutely spotless, but merely to be free from such transgressions of the moral law as his friends insinuated he must have committed to render him obnoxious to those palpable tokens of Divine displeasure which had overtaken him. Against this, however, he protested as... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 9:25-35

Melancholy reflections. I. SELF - CONTEMPLATION IN REFERENCE TO THE PAST . His life has sped swiftly—like a courier, or the swift boat of the Euphrates or the Nile, or the swooping eagle ( Job 9:25 , Job 9:26 ), and without seeming prosperity. Here he perverts the history of the past; but memory as welt as reason is poisoned. II. IN REFERENCE TO THE FUTURE . ( Job 9:27 , Job 9:28 .) Hope has broken its wing. The effort to remove the gloom from his brow is... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 9:27

If I say, I will forget my complaint (comp. above, Job 7:13 ). Job represents himself as sometimes, for a moment, imagining that he might put aside his load of sorrow by not thinking of it. He tries, and says to himself, "I will forget," etc.; but in vain. The whole mass of his sufferings seems to rise up against him, and make even momentary forgetfulness impossible. I will leave off my heaviness ; or, my black looks. And comfort myself (comp. Job 10:20 and Psalms 39:13 , where... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Job 9:27

If I say, I will forget my complaint - If I resolve that I will leave off complaining, and will be more cheerful, I find it all in vain. My fears and sorrows return, and all my efforts to be cheerful are ineffectualI will leave off my heaviness - The word rendered “my heaviness” here (פני pânam) denotes literally “my face;” and the reference is to the sad and sorrowful countenance which he had. “If I should lay that aside, and endeavor to be cheerful.”And comfort myself - The word rendered... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Job 9:27-28

Job 9:27-28. If I say, I will forget my complaints, &c. If I resolve within myself that I will cease complaining, and endeavour to take comfort. I am afraid of all my sorrows Or, of my pains and griefs: I find all such endeavours vain; for if my griefs be suspended for a time, yet my fears continue. I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent I plainly perceive that thou, O God, (to whom he makes a sudden address, as he does also Job 9:31,) wilt not clear my innocence by removing... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Job 9:1-35

Job’s reply to Bildad (9:1-10:22)While agreeing with Bildad that God is just, Job argues that ordinary people are still at a disadvantage. They cannot present their side of the case satisfactorily, because God always has the wisdom and power to frustrate them. He can ask a thousand questions that they cannot answer (9:1-4). He can do what he wishes in the heavens or on the earth (5-9). He can work miracles and no one can resist him (10-12). If God overthrows those with supernatural power such... read more

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