5:1 Call now, if there be any that will a answer thee; and to which of the saints wilt thou turn?
(a) He wills Job to consider the example of all
who have lived or live godly, whether any of them are like him in raging
against God as he does.
5:2 For b
wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.
(b) Murmuring against God in afflictions
increases the pain, and uttered man's folly.
5:3 I have seen the c
foolish taking root: but suddenly I d
cursed his habitation.
(c) That is, the sinner that does not have the
fear of God.
(d) I was not moved by his prosperity but knew
that God had cursed him and his.
5:4 His e
children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the f
gate, neither [is there] any to deliver [them].
(e) Though God sometimes allows the father's to
pass in this world, yet his judgments will light on their wicked children.
(f) By public judgment they will be condemned and
no one will pity them.
5:5 Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, and taketh
it even out of the g thorns, and the
robber swalloweth up their substance.
(g) Though there are only two or three ears left
in the hedges, yet these will be taken from him.
5:6 Although affliction cometh not forth of the
dust, h neither doth trouble spring out
of the ground;
(h) That is, the earth is not the cause of
barrenness and man's misery, but his own sin.
5:7 Yet man is born unto i
trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
(i) Which declares that sin is always in our
corrupt nature: for before sin it was not subject to pain and affliction.
5:8 I would seek unto k
God, and unto God would I commit my cause:
(k) If I suffered as you do, I would seek God.
5:9 Which l
doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:
(l) He counsels Job to humble himself to God to
whom all creatures are subject and whose works declare that man is inexcusable
unless he glorifies God in all his works.
5:10 Who m
giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields:
(m) He shows by particular examples what the
works of God are.
They meet with n darkness in the
daytime, and o grope in the noonday as
in the night.
(n) In things plain and evident they show
themselves fools instead of wise men.
(o) This declares that God punishes the worldly
wise as he threatened in (Deuteronomy
5:15 But he saveth the p
poor from the sword, from their q mouth,
and from the hand of the mighty.
(p) That is, he who humbles himself before God.
(q) He compares the slander of the wicked to
5:16 So the poor hath hope, and iniquity r
stoppeth her mouth.
(r) If the wicked are compelled by God's works
to shut their mouths, how much more they who profess God.
shall deliver thee in s six troubles:
yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.
(s) He will send trouble after trouble that his
children may not for one time, but continually trust in him: but they sill
have a comfortable issue, even in the greatest and the last, which is here
called the seventh.
destruction and famine thou shalt t
laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
(t) While the wicked lament in their troubles,
you will have occasion to rejoice.
5:23 For thou u
shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field
shall be at peace with thee.
(u) When we are in God's favour, all creatures
will serve us.
5:24 And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle [shall
be] in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not x
(x) God will so bless you that you will have
opportunity to rejoice in all things, and not be offended.
5:26 Thou shalt come to [thy]
grave in y a full age, like as a shock
of corn cometh in his season.
(y) Though the children of God have not always
carried out this promise, yet God recompenses it otherwise to their advantage.
5:27 Lo z
this, we have searched it, so it [is]; hear it, and know thou [it] for thy good.
(z) We have learned these points by experience,
that God does not punish the innocent, that man cannot compare in justice with
him, that the hypocrites will not prosper for long, and that the affliction
which man sustains comes for his own sin.