Job, after pausing a little while, shews, what comfort he formerly had in his house and family, ver. 1 - 6.
What honour and power he had in his country, ver. 7 - 10.
What good he did as a magistrate, ver. 11 - 17.
And what a prospect he had of the continuance of his prosperity, ver. 18 - 25
|29:2||Preserved - From all those miseries which now I feel.|
|29:3||Darkness - I passed safely through many difficulties, and dangers, and common calamities.|
|29:7||Seat - When I caused the seat of justice to be set for me.By this, and several other expressions, it appears that Job was a magistrate. Street - In that open place, near the gate, where the people assembled for the administration of justice.|
|29:10||Cleaved - It lay as still as if he had done so.|
|29:11||Witness - Gave testimony to my pious, and just, and blameless conversation.|
|29:14||Put on, &c. - Perhaps he did not wear these: but his steady justice was to him instead of all those ornaments.|
|29:18||Multiply - See how apt even good men are, to set death at a distance from them!|
|29:20||Glory - My reputation was growing every day. Bow - My strength which is signified by a bow, Genesis 49:24 job 29: , 2:4 , because in ancient times the bow and arrows were the principal instruments of war.|
|29:22||Dropped - As the rain, which when it comes down gently upon the earth, is most acceptable and beneficial to it.|
|29:24||Laughed - Carried myself so familiarly with them, that they could scarce believe their eyes and ears. Cast not down - They were cautious not to give me any occasion to change my countenance towards them.|
|29:25||I chose - They sought to me for advice in all difficult cases, and I directed them what methods they should take. Sat - As a prince or judge, while they stood waiting for my counsel. A king - Whose presence puts life, and courage, into the whole army. As one - As I was ready to comfort any afflicted persons, so my consolations were always welcome to them.|