23:2 Even to day [is] my complaint a bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
(a) He shows the just cause of his complaining
and concerning that Eliphaz had exhorted him to return to God, (Job
22:21) he declares that he desires nothing more, but it seems that God
would not be found of him.
Will he b plead against me with [his]
great power? No; but he would c put
[strength] in me.
(b) Using his absolute power and saying because I
am God, I may do what I will.
(c) Of his mercy he would give me power to answer
There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever
from my judge.
(d) When he of his mercy has given strength to
maintain their cause.
Behold, I go forward, but he [is] not [there]; and backward, but I cannot
(e) Meaning, that if he considers God's
justice, he is not able to comprehend his judgments on what side or whatever
part he turns himself.
23:10 But he knoweth the f
way that I take: [when] he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
(f) God has this preeminence about me, that he
knows my way: that is, that I am not able to judge his work, he shows also his
confidence, that God uses him for his profit.
23:12 Neither have I gone
back from the commandment of his lips; I have g
esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary [food].
(g) His word is more precious to me than the meat
with which the body is sustained.
23:13 But he [is] in one [mind], and who can h
turn him? and [what] his soul desireth, even [that] he doeth.
(h) Job confesses that at the present he did not
feel God's favour and yet was assured that God had appointed him to a good
23:14 For he performeth [the thing that is]
appointed for me: and i many such
[things are] with him.
(i) In many points man is not able to attain to
23:16 For k
God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:
(k) That I should not be without fear.
23:17 Because I was not cut off before the l
darkness, [neither] hath he covered the darkness from my face.
(l) He shows the cause for his fear, which is,
that he being in trouble sees no end, nor yet knows the cause.