19:3 These a ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed [that] ye make yourselves strange to me.
(a) That is, many times, as in (Nehemiah
19:4 And be it indeed [that] I have erred, mine
error b remaineth with myself.
(b) That is, I myself will be punished for it, or
you have not yet consulted it.
19:6 Know now that God hath c
overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net.
(c) He breaks out again into his passions and
declares still that his affliction comes from God though he is not able to
feel the cause in himself.
19:8 He hath fenced up my way
that I cannot d pass, and he hath set
darkness in my paths.
(d) Meaning, out of his afflictions.
19:9 He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the
e crown [from] my head.
(e) Meaning, his children, and whatever was dear
to him in this world.
19:10 He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am
gone: and mine hope hath he removed like f
(f) Which is plucked up, and has no more hope to
19:12 His g
troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about
(g) His manifold afflictions.
h They that dwell in mine house, and my
maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight.
(h) My household servants by all these losses Job
shows that touching the flesh he had great opportunity to be moved.
19:17 My breath is strange
to my wife, though I intreated for the children's [sake] of mine i
(i) Which were hers and mine.
My bone k cleaveth to my skin and to my
flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
(k) Besides these great losses and most cruel
unkindness, he was touched in his own person as follows.
19:21 Have pity upon me, have m
pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.
(m) Seeing I have these just causes to complain,
condemn me not as a hypocrite, especially you who should comfort me.
19:22 Why do ye persecute me as n
God, and are not satisfied with my o
(n) Is it not enough that God punishes me, unless
you by reproaching increase my sorrow?
(o) To see my body punished, unless you trouble
19:24 That they were graven
with p an iron pen and lead in the rock
(p) He protests that despite his sore passions
his religion is perfect and that he in not a blasphemer as they judged him.
19:25 For I know [that] my q
redeemer liveth, and [that] he shall stand at the latter [day] upon the earth:
(q) I do not so justify myself before the world,
but I know that I will come before the great judge who will be my deliverer
19:26 And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy
this [body], yet r in my flesh shall I
(r) In this Job declares plainly that he had a
full hope, that both the soul and body would enjoy the presence of God in the
19:28 But ye should say,
Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the s
matter is found in me?
(s) Though his friends thought that he was only
persecuted by God for his sins, yet he declares that there was a deeper
consideration that is, the trial of his faith and patience, and so to be an
example for others.
19:29 Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath [bringeth]
the t punishments of the sword, that ye
may know [there is] a judgment.
(t) God will be avenged of this harsh judgment by
which you condemned me.