Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO JOB 9\\

This and the following chapter contain Job's answer to Bildad, and in
this he asserts the strict justice at God; which is such, that no man
can be just in his sight, not being able to answer to one charge, or
for one sin, of a thousand he is guilty of, \\#Job 9:1-3\\; and that such
are his wisdom and power, that the most daring man cannot expect to
succeed in an opposition to him, \\#Job 9:4\\; instances are given of his
power in the works of nature and providence, \\#Job 9:5-10\\; notice is
taken of the imperceptibleness of his actions and motions, and of his
sovereignty in all his ways, \\#Job 9:11,12\\; and of his fierce wrath and
anger, which is such as obliges the proudest of men to stoop under him;
and therefore Job chose not to contend in a judicial way with him, but
in a suppliant manner would entreat him, since his hand was so heavy
upon him, \\#Job 9:13-21\\; he affirms, in direct opposition to Bildad and
his friends, and insists upon it, that God afflicts both the righteous
and the wicked; yea, gives the earth to the latter when he slays the
former, \\#Job 9:22-24\\; he then observes the shortness of his days, and
complains of his heavy afflictions, \\#Job 9:25-28\\; and concludes, that
it was in vain for him to expect his cause to be heard before God,
there being no daysman between them; and wishes that the dread of the
Divine Majesty might be taken from him, and then he would freely and
without fear speak unto him, \\#Job 9:29-35\\.