Here seems to be a struggle throughout this chapter between nature and grace, Job complains of his condition, yet with an assurance of God's clemency, ver. 1 - 7.
He cannot understand God's dealings, nor hope for relief, yet holds fast his integrity, ver. 8 - 14.
He is in deep trouble, ver. 15 - 17
|23:2||To - day - Even at this time, notwithstanding all your pretended consolations. Stroke - The hand or stroke of God upon me.Groaning - Doth exceed my complaints.|
|23:3||O - I desire nothing more than his acquaintance and presence; but alas, he hides his face from me. Seat - To his throne or judgment - seat to plead my cause before him.|
|23:5||Know - If he should discover to me any secret sins, for which he contendeth with me, I would humble myself before him, and accept of the punishment of mine iniquity.|
|23:6||No - He would not use his power against me, but for me; by enabling me to plead my cause, and giving sentence according to that clemency, which he uses towards his children.|
|23:7||There - At that throne of grace, where God lays aside his majesty, and judges according to his wonted clemency. Dispute - Humbly propounding the grounds of their confidence. So - Upon such a fair and equal hearing.Delivered - From the damnatory sentence of God. This and some such expressions of Job cannot be excused from irreverence towards God, for which God afterwards reproves him, and Job abhorreth himself.|
|23:8||Is not - As a judge to hear and determine my causes, otherwise he knew God was essentially present in all places.|
|23:10||Gold - Which comes out of the furnace pure from all dross.|
|23:11||Steps - The steps or paths which God hath appointed men to walk in.|
|23:14||Performeth - Those calamities which he hath allotted to me.And - There are many such examples of God's proceeding with men.|
|23:16||Soft - He hath bruised, and broken, or melted it, so that I have no spirit in me.|
|23:17||Because - God did not cut me off by death. Before - These miseries came upon me. Covered - By hiding me in the grave.|