36:3 I will fetch a my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
(a) He shows that when we speak of God, we must
lift our spirits higher than our natural sense is able to reach.
36:4 For truly my words [shall] not [be] false: he
that is b perfect in knowledge [is] with
(b) You will perceive that I am a faithful
instructor, and that I speak to you in the name of God.
36:5 Behold, God [is] mighty, and despiseth not
[any: he is] c mighty in strength [and]
(c) Strong and constant, and of understanding:
for these are the gifts of God, and he loves them in man: but as much as God
punished Job now, it is a sign that these are not in him.
36:6 He d
preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor.
(d) Therefore he will not preserve the wicked,
but to the humble and afflicted heart he will show grace.
36:7 He withdraweth not his eyes from the
righteous: but with e kings [are they]
on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.
(e) He prefers the godly to honour.
36:9 Then he sheweth them
their f work, and their transgressions
that they have exceeded.
(f) He will move their hearts to feel their sins
that they may come to him by repentance as he did Manasseh.
But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die g
(g) That is, in their folly or obstinacy, and so
shall cause their own destruction.
36:13 But the hypocrites h
in heart heap up wrath: they i cry not
when he bindeth them.
(h) Which are maliciously bent against God, and
flatter themselves in their vices.
(i) When they are in affliction they do not seek
God for help, as Asa in (2 Chronicles
36:14 They die in k
youth, and their life [is] among the unclean.
(k) They die of some vile death, and that before
they come to age.
36:16 Even so would he have
removed thee out of the strait [into] a broad place, where [there is] no
straitness; and l that which should be
set on thy table [should be] full of fatness.
(l) If you had been obedient to God, he would
have brought you to freedom and wealth.
36:17 But thou hast fulfilled the m
judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold [on thee].
(m) You are altogether after the manner of the
wicked: for you murmur against the justice of God.
Because [there is] wrath, [beware] lest he take thee away with [his] stroke:
then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.
(n) God punishes you, lest you forget God in your
wealth and so perish.
Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.
(o) Do not be curious in seeking the cause of
God's judgments, when he destroys any.
36:21 Take heed, regard not p
iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.
(p) And so murmur against God through impatiency.
Every man may see it; man may behold [it] q
(q) The works of God are revealed, that a man may
see them afar off, and know God by the same.
36:26 Behold, God [is] great, r
and we know [him] not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.
(r) Our infirmity hinders us so that we cannot
attain the perfect knowledge of God.
36:27 For he maketh small the drops of water: they
s pour down rain according to the vapour
(s) That is, the rain comes from those drops of
water which he keeps in the clouds.
36:29 Also can [any]
understand the spreadings of the clouds, [or] the noise of his t
(t) Meaning, of the clouds, which he calls the
tabernacle of God.
36:30 Behold, he spreadeth his light upon u
it, and covereth the x bottom of the
(u) Upon the cloud.
(x) That men cannot come to the knowledge of the
springs of it.
36:31 For by them judgeth he y
the people; he giveth meat in abundance.
(y) He shows that the rain has a double use: the
one that it declares God's judgments, when it overflows any places, and the
other that it makes the land fruitful.
36:32 With clouds he covereth the light; and
commandeth it [not to shine] by [the cloud] that cometh z
(z) That is, one cloud to dash against another.
The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapour.
(a) The cold vapour shows him: that is, the cloud
of the hot exhalation, which being taken in the cold cloud mounts up toward
the place where the fire is, and so anger is engendered; that is, noise and