Job 29 Bible Commentary

John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes

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Verse 2

[2] Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;

Preserved — From all those miseries which now I feel.

Verse 3

[3] When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;

Darkness — I passed safely through many difficulties, and dangers, and common calamities.

Verse 7

[7] When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!

Seat — When I caused the seat of justice to be set for me. By this, and several other expressions, it appears that Job was a magistrate.

Street — In that open place, near the gate, where the people assembled for the administration of justice.

Verse 10

[10] The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

Cleaved — It lay as still as if he had done so.

Verse 11

[11] When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:

Witness — Gave testimony to my pious, and just, and blameless conversation.

Verse 14

[14] I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.

Put on, … — Perhaps he did not wear these: but his steady justice was to him instead of all those ornaments.

Verse 18

[18] Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.

Multiply — See how apt even good men are, to set death at a distance from them!

Verse 20

[20] My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.

Glory — My reputation was growing every day.

Bow — My strength which is signified by a bow, Genesis 49:24; 1 Samuel 2:4, because in ancient times the bow and arrows were the principal instruments of war.

Verse 22

[22] After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them.

Dropped — As the rain, which when it comes down gently upon the earth, is most acceptable and beneficial to it.

Verse 24

[24] If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.

Laughed — Carried myself so familiarly with them, that they could scarce believe their eyes and ears.

Cast not down — They were cautious not to give me any occasion to change my countenance towards them.

Verse 25

[25] I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.

I chose — They sought to me for advice in all difficult cases, and I directed them what methods they should take.

Sat — As a prince or judge, while they stood waiting for my counsel.

A king — Whose presence puts life, and courage, into the whole army.

As one — As I was ready to comfort any afflicted persons, so my consolations were always welcome to them.

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