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Job 10:11

11 You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews.

Job 10:11 Meaning and Commentary

Job 10:11

Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh
The bones with flesh, which is the under garment, and the flesh with skin, which is the upper; which is artificially composed of intricate little arteries, veins, nerves, and glands, through which the blood continually circulates, and through innumerable pores, and transpires, of which pores 125,000 may be covered with a small grain of sand F12, amazing! Timaeus Locrus F13 calls them invisible little mouths; see ( Ezekiel 37:6 ) ; the order of generation seems to be observed; after the semen is hardened and consolidated, the inward parts are formed, and then the outward parts, the flesh and skin, to protect and defend them; and so are compared to clothes which are outside a man, and put about him; Porphyry F14 calls the body the clothing of the soul; see ( 2 Corinthians 5:4 ) ; the spiritual clothing of Job was the righteousness of his living Redeemer, who was to partake of the same flesh and blood with him, and stand on the earth in the fulness of time, and work out and bring in a righteousness for him, consisting of his obedience in life in the days of his flesh, and of his sufferings and death, or blood, by which he and every believer are justified before God; and with which being clothed, shall not be found naked:

and hast fenced me with bones and sinews;
the bones are said by philosophers F15 to be the fences of the marrow, and the flesh the covering of them; the bones are the strength and stability of the human body; the sinews or nerves bind and hold the several parts of it together, and are of great use for its strength and motion: the bones, some of them are as pillars to support it, as those of the legs and thighs; and others are of use to act for it, offensively and defensively, as those of the hands and arms; and others are a cover and fence of the inward parts, as the ribs: Gussetius F16 seems inclined, could he have found an instance of the word being used for making a tent, which it has the signification of, to have rendered the words,

``with bones and sinews, thou hast given ate the form of a tabernacle; or, thou hast made me to be a tent;''

so the human body is called a tabernacle, ( 2 Corinthians 5:1 ) ( 2 Peter 1:13 2 Peter 1:14 ) ; the skin and flesh being like veils or curtains, which cover; the bones are in the room of stakes, and the nerves instead of cords, the breast and belly a cavity: in a spiritual sense, a believer's strength lies in the grace of Christ, in the Lord, and in the power of his might; his defence is the whole armour of God provided for him, particularly the helmet of salvation, the shield of faith, and the breastplate of righteousness, with which he is fenced and protected from every spiritual enemy; and will God suffer such an one to be destroyed, whom he hath taken such care of, both in a natural and spiritual manner?


F12 Scheuchzer. Physic. Sacr. vol. 4. p. 681.
F13 De Anima Mundi, p. 18.
F14 De Antro Nymph.
F15 Timaeus Locrus, ib. p. 15.
F16 Ebr. Comment. p. 555, 556.

Job 10:11 In-Context

9 Remember that you have made me like clay; and will you return me to the dust?
10 Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese?
11 You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews.
12 You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit.
13 Yet these things you hid in your heart; I know that this was your purpose.
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