Job 20

The Book of Job
Chapter 20

Chapter Overview:

Zophar, after a short preface, asserts, that the prosperity, of the wicked is short, and his ruin sure, ver. 1 - 9.
He describes his misery in many particulars, ver. 10 - 29.


20:2Therefore - For this thy severe sentence. Make haste - I speak sooner than I intended. And possibly interrupted Job, when he was proceeding in his discourse.
20:3The check - Thy opprobrious reproofs of us. Understanding - I speak, not from passion, but certain knowledge.
20:4This - Which I am now about to say. Since - Since the world was made.
20:6Though - Though he be advanced to great dignity and authority.
20:11Bones - His whole body, even the strongest parts of it.The sin - Of the punishment of it.
20:12Mouth - To his taste; though it greatly please him for the present. Hide - As an epicure doth a sweet morsel, which he keeps and rolls about his mouth, that he may longer enjoy the pleasure of it.
20:14Turned - From sweet to bitter. Gall of asps - Exceeding bitter and pernicious. Gall is most bitter; the gall of serpents is full of poison; and the poison of asps is most dangerous and within a few hours kills without remedy.
20:15Vomit - Be forced to restore them. God, &c. - If no man's hand can reach him, God shall find him out.
20:17See - Not enjoy that abundant satisfaction and comfort, which good men through God's blessings enjoy.
20:18Swallow - So as to hold it. He shall not possess it long, nor to any considerable purpose. Yea, he shall be forced to part with his estate to make compensations for his wrongs. So that he shall not enjoy what he had gotten, because it shall be taken from him.
20:20Belly - He shall have no peace in his mind. Desired - Any part of his desirable things, but shall forfeit and lose them all.
20:21Therefore - It being publickly known that he was totally ruined, none of his kindred shall trouble themselves about any relicks of his estate.
20:22In, &c. - In the height of prosperity he shall be distressed.Hand, &c. - So his wickedness shall be punished by those as wicked as himself.
20:23Rain - This phrase denotes both the author of his plagues, God, and the nature and quality of them, that they shall come upon him like rain; with great vehemency, so that he cannot prevent or avoid it.Eating - As it fell upon thy sons.
20:24Flee - From the sword or spear; and so shall think him self out of danger.
20:25It - The arrow, which had entered into his body, and now was drawn out of it either by himself or some other person; having in general said, that it came out of his body, he determines also the part of the body, the gall; which shews that the wound was both deep and deadly. Terrors - The terrors of death; because he perceived his wound was incurable.
20:26Darkness - All sorts of miseries. Hid - Or, laid up; by God for him. It is reserved and treasured up for him, and shall infallibly overtake him. Secret - In those places where he confidently hopes to hide himself from all evil: even there God shall find him out.Not blown - By man, but kindled by God himself. He thinks by his might and violence to secure himself from men, but God will find him out.With him - With his family, who shall inherit his curse as well as his estate.
20:27Heaven - God shall be a swift witness against him by extraordinary judgments; still he reflects upon Job's case, and the fire from heaven. Earth - All creatures upon earth shall conspire to destroy him. If the God of heaven and earth be his enemy, neither heaven nor earth will shew him any kindness, but all the host of both are, and will he at war with him.
20:28Increase of his house - His estate. Depart - Shall be lost.Flow - Like waters, swiftly and strongly, and so as to return no more.His - Of God's wrath.
20:29Heritage - Heb. the heritage; so called, to denote the stability and assurance of it, that it is as firm as an inheritance to the right heir; and in opposition to that inheritance which he had gotten by fraud and violence.