Job 3:23

Job 3:23

Why is light given to a man whose way is hid
Some of the Jewish writers connect this with ( Job 3:22 ) , thus; "who rejoice [and] are glad when they find a grave for a man" but it should be observed that such are said to rejoice at finding a grave, not for others, but for themselves; the words stand in better connection with ( Job 3:20 ) , from whence the supplement is taken in our version and others; and so it is a continuation or repetition of the expostulation why light and life, or the light of the living, should be given to persons as before described, and here more largely; and Job himself is principally designed, as is generally thought, whose way, according to him, was hid from the Lord, neglected and not cared for by him but overlooked and slighted, and no regard had to the injuries done him, as the church also complains, ( Isaiah 40:27 ) ; or front whom the way of the Lord was hid; his way in the present afflictive dispensations of Providence, the causes and reasons of which he could not understand; not being conscious of any notorious sin committed, indulged, and continued in, that should bring these troubles on him: or the good and right way was hid from him in which he should walk; he was at a loss to know which was that way, since by his afflictions he was ready to conclude that the way he had been walking in was not the right, and all his religion was in vain; and according to this sense he laboured under the same temptation as Asaph did, ( Psalms 73:13 Psalms 73:14 ) ; or his way of escape out of his present troubles was unknown to him; he saw no way open for him, but shut up on every side: or there was no way for others to come to him, at least they cared not for it; he who had used to have a large levee, some to have his counsel and advice, and to be instructed by him, others to ask relief of him, and many of the highest rank and figure to visit, caress, and compliment him; but now all had forsaken him, his brethren and acquaintance, and his kinsfolk and familiar friends kept at a distance from him, as if they knew not the way to him:

and whom God hath hedged in?
not with the hedge of his power, providence, and protection, as before; but with thorns and afflictions, and in such manner as he could not get out, or extricate himself; all avenues and ways of escape being blocked up, see ( Lamentations 3:7 Lamentations 3:9 ) ( Hosea 2:6 ) ; though, after all, the words may be considered as a concession, and as descriptive of a man the reverse of himself, and be supplied thus; "indeed light may be given to a man", a mighty man, as the word F5 signifies, a man strong, hale, and robust; "whose way is hid", or "covered" F6; who is hid in the secret of God's presence, and in the pavilion of his power; who dwells in his secret place, and under the shadow of the Almighty, ( Psalms 31:20 ) ( 91:1 ) ; who is under the shelter of his providence, preserved from diseases of body, and protected from the plunder and depredations of enemies, and enjoys great affluence and prosperity, as his three friends about him did, and whom he may point at: "and whom God hath hedged in"; as he had formerly set a hedge about him in his providence, though now he had plucked it up; see ( Job 1:10 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F5 (rbgl) "emphatice ponitur saepe, ut notetur praepollentia", Coccei. Lexic in rad (rbg) .
F6 (hrton) "tecta", Cocceius; "velo septa est", Schultens.
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