Job 27

Job rejects Bildad’s argument

1 Then Job took up his topic again:
2 As God lives, who rejected my legal claim, the Almighty, who made me bitter,
3 as long as breath is in me and God's breath is in my nostrils—
4 my lips will utter no wickedness; my tongue will mumble no deceit.
5 I will not agree that you are right. Until my dying day, I won't give up my integrity.
6 I will insist on my innocence, never surrendering it; my conscience will never blame me for what I have done.

Job curses his enemies

7 Let my enemy be like the wicked, my opposition like the vicious.
8 For what hope has the godless when God cuts them off, when he takes them away.
9 Will God hear their cries when distress comes to them;
10 will they delight in the Almighty, call God at any time?

Job’s view of his enemies’ fate

11 I will teach you God's power, not hide what pertains to the Almighty.
12 Look, those of you who recognize this— why then this empty talk?
13 This is the wicked's portion with God, the inheritance that the ruthless receive from the Almighty.
14 If their children increase, they belong to the sword; their offspring won't have enough bread.
15 Their survivors will be buried with the dead; their widows won't weep.
16 If they store up silver like dust, amass clothing like clay,
17 they may amass, but the righteous will wear it; the innocent will divide the silver.
18 They built their houses like nests, like a hut made by a watchman.
19 They lie down rich, but no longer; open their eyes, but it's missing.
20 Terrors overtake them like waters; a tempest snatches them by night;
21 an east wind lifts them, and they are gone, removes them from their places,
22 throws itself on them without mercy; they flee desperately from its force.
23 It claps its hands over them, hisses at them from their place.

Job 27 Commentary

Chapter 27

Job protests his sincerity. (1-6) The hypocrite is without hope. (7-10) The miserable end of the wicked. (11-23)

Verses 1-6 Job's friends now suffered him to speak, and he proceeded in a grave and useful manner. Job had confidence in the goodness both of his cause and of his God; and cheerfully committed his cause to him. But Job had not due reverence when he spake of God as taking away his judgment, and vexing his soul. To resolve that our hearts shall not reproach us, while we hold fast our integrity, baffles the designs of the evil spirit.

Verses 7-10 Job looked upon the condition of a hypocrite and a wicked man, to be most miserable. If they gained through life by their profession, and kept up their presumptuous hope till death, what would that avail when God required their souls? The more comfort we find in our religion, the more closely we shall cleave to it. Those who have no delight in God, are easily drawn away by the pleasures, and easily overcome by the crosses of this life.

Verses 11-23 Job's friends, on the same subject, spoke of the misery of wicked men before death as proportioned to their crimes; Job considered that if it were not so, still the consequences of their death would be dreadful. Job undertook to set this matter in a true light. Death to a godly man, is like a fair gale of wind to convey him to the heavenly country; but, to a wicked man, it is like a storm, that hurries him away to destruction. While he lived, he had the benefit of sparing mercy; but now the day of God's patience is over, and he will pour out upon him his wrath. When God casts down a man, there is no flying from, nor bearing up under his anger. Those who will not now flee to the arms of Divine grace, which are stretched out to receive them, will not be able to flee from the arms of Divine wrath, which will shortly be stretched out to destroy them. And what is a man profited if he gain the whole world, and thus lose his own soul?

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Chapter Summary

INTRODUCTION TO JOB 27

Though Job's friends were become silent, and dropped the controversy with him, he still continued his discourse in this and the four following chapters; in which he asserts his integrity; illustrates and confirms his former sentiments; gives further proof of his knowledge of things, natural and divine; takes notice of his former state of prosperity, and of his present distresses and afflictions, which came upon him, notwithstanding his piety, humanity, and beneficence, and his freedom from the grosser acts of sin, both with respect to God and men, all which he enlarges upon. In this chapter he gives his word and oath for it, that he would never belie himself, and own that he was an hypocrite, when he was not, but would continue to assert his integrity, and the righteousness of his cause, as long as he lived, Job 27:1-6; for to be an hypocrite, and to attempt to conceal his hypocrisy, would be of no advantage to him, either in life, or in death, Job 27:7-10; and was this his character and case, upon their principles, he could expect no other than to be a miserable man, as wicked men are, who have their blessings turned into curses, or taken away from them, and they removed out of the world in the most awful and terrible manner, and under manifest tokens of the wrath and displeasure of God, Job 27:11-23.

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