10:1 My soul is a weary of my life; I will leave my b complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
(a) I am more like a dead man, than to one that
(b) I will make an ample declaration of my
torments, accusing myself and not God.
10:2 I will say unto God, Do not c
condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.
(c) He would not that God would proceed against
him by his secret justice, but by the ordinary means that he punishes others.
10:3 [Is it] d
good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the e
work of thine hands, and shine upon the f
counsel of the wicked?
(d) Is it agreeable to your justice to do me
(e) Will you be without compassions?
(f) Will you gratify the wicked and condemn me?
10:4 Hast thou eyes of g
flesh? or seest thou as man seeth?
(g) Do you do this of ignorance.
10:5 [Are] thy days as the h
days of man? [are] thy years as man's days,
(h) Are you inconstant and changeable as the
times, today a friend, tomorrow an enemy?
10:7 Thou knowest that I am
not i wicked; and [there is] none that
can deliver out of thine hand.
(i) By affliction you keep me as in a prison, and
restrain me from doing evil, neither can any set me free.
10:8 Thine k
hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy
(k) In these eight verses following he describes
the mercy of God, in the wonderful creation of man: and on it grounds that God
should not show himself rigorous against him.
10:9 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made
me as l the clay; and wilt thou bring me
into dust again?
(l) As brittle as a pot of clay.
Thou hast granted me life and m favour,
and thy n visitation hath preserved my
(m) That is, reason and understanding, and many
other gifts, by which man excels all earthly creatures.
(n) That is, the fatherly care and providence by
which you preserved me, and without which I would perish immediately.
10:13 And these [things] hast thou hid in thine
heart: I know o that this [is] with
(o) Though I am not fully able to comprehend
these things, yet I must confess that it is so.
10:15 If I be wicked, woe
unto me; and [if] I be righteous, [yet] will I not p
lift up my head. [I am] full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction;
(p) I will always walk in fear and humility,
knowing that no one is just before you.
10:16 For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a
fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself q
marvellous upon me.
(q) Job being sore assaulted in this battle
between the flesh and the spirit, breaks out into these affections, wishing
rather for short days than long pain.
10:17 Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and
increasest thine indignation upon me; r
changes and war [are] against me.
(r) That is, diversity of diseases and in great
abundance; showing that God has infinite means to punish man.
[Are] not my days few? s cease [then,
and] let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,
(s) He wishes that God would leave off his
affliction, considering his great misery and the shortness of his life.
10:21 Before I go [whence] I shall not t
return, [even] to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;
(t) He speaks this in the person of a sinner,
that is overcome with passions and with the feeling of God's judgments and
therefore cannot apprehend in that state the mercies of God, and the comfort
of the resurrection.
10:22 A land of darkness, as darkness [itself;
and] of the shadow of death, without any u
order, and [where] the light [is] as darkness.
(u) No distinction between light and darkness but
where there is very darkness itself.