Job 27

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Job Continues: I Will Maintain My Integrity

1 And Job again 1took up his discourse, and said:
2 "As God lives, who has 2taken away my right, and the Almighty, who has 3made my soul bitter,
3 as long as my breath is in me, and 4the spirit of God is in my nostrils,
4 my lips will not speak 5falsehood, and my tongue will not utter 6deceit.
5 Far be it from me to say that you are right; till I die I will not put away my 7integrity from me.
6 I 8hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go; my heart does not 9reproach me for any of my days.
7 "Let my enemy be as the wicked, and let him who rises up against me be as the unrighteous.
8 10For what is the hope of the godless 11when God cuts him off, when God takes away his life?
9 12Will God hear his cry when distress comes upon him?
10 Will he 13take delight in the Almighty? Will he call upon God at all times?
11 I will teach you concerning the hand of God; 14what is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12 Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves; why then have you become altogether vain?
13 15"This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage that 16oppressors receive from the Almighty:
14 If his 17children are multiplied, it is for 18the sword, and his descendants have not enough bread.
15 Those who survive him the pestilence buries, and his 19widows do not weep.
16 Though he 20heap up silver like dust, and pile up clothing like clay,
17 he may pile it up, but the righteous will wear it, and 21the innocent will divide the silver.
18 He builds his 22house like a moth's, like 23a booth that 24a watchman makes.
19 He goes to bed rich, but will 25do so no more; he opens his eyes, and 26his wealth is gone.
20 27Terrors overtake him like 28a flood; in the night a whirlwind 29carries him off.
21 30The east wind lifts him up and he is gone; it 31sweeps him out of his place.
22 It[a] hurls at him 32without pity; he flees from its[b] power in headlong flight.
23 It 33claps its hands at him and 34hisses at him from its place.

Job 27 Commentary

Chapter 27

Job protests his sincerity. (1-6) The hypocrite is without hope. (7-10) The miserable end of the wicked. (11-23)

Verses 1-6 Job's friends now suffered him to speak, and he proceeded in a grave and useful manner. Job had confidence in the goodness both of his cause and of his God; and cheerfully committed his cause to him. But Job had not due reverence when he spake of God as taking away his judgment, and vexing his soul. To resolve that our hearts shall not reproach us, while we hold fast our integrity, baffles the designs of the evil spirit.

Verses 7-10 Job looked upon the condition of a hypocrite and a wicked man, to be most miserable. If they gained through life by their profession, and kept up their presumptuous hope till death, what would that avail when God required their souls? The more comfort we find in our religion, the more closely we shall cleave to it. Those who have no delight in God, are easily drawn away by the pleasures, and easily overcome by the crosses of this life.

Verses 11-23 Job's friends, on the same subject, spoke of the misery of wicked men before death as proportioned to their crimes; Job considered that if it were not so, still the consequences of their death would be dreadful. Job undertook to set this matter in a true light. Death to a godly man, is like a fair gale of wind to convey him to the heavenly country; but, to a wicked man, it is like a storm, that hurries him away to destruction. While he lived, he had the benefit of sparing mercy; but now the day of God's patience is over, and he will pour out upon him his wrath. When God casts down a man, there is no flying from, nor bearing up under his anger. Those who will not now flee to the arms of Divine grace, which are stretched out to receive them, will not be able to flee from the arms of Divine wrath, which will shortly be stretched out to destroy them. And what is a man profited if he gain the whole world, and thus lose his own soul?

Cross References 34

  • 1. Job 29:1; See Numbers 23:7
  • 2. Job 34:5
  • 3. [Ruth 1:20; 2 Kings 4:27]
  • 4. Job 33:4; [Genesis 2:7]
  • 5. Job 13:7
  • 6. Job 13:7
  • 7. Job 2:3, 9; [Job 13:15]
  • 8. Job 2:3
  • 9. [Acts 23:1; Acts 24:16; 1 Corinthians 4:4]
  • 10. See Job 8:13
  • 11. Matthew 16:26; [Luke 12:20]
  • 12. Psalms 18:41; Proverbs 1:28; Proverbs 15:29; Isaiah 1:15; Jeremiah 11:11; Jeremiah 14:12; Ezekiel 8:18; Micah 3:4; Zechariah 7:13; [Job 35:12, 13]; See Psalms 66:18
  • 13. See Job 22:26
  • 14. Job 10:13; Job 23:14
  • 15. Job 20:29; [Job 18:21; Job 31:2]
  • 16. Job 6:23; Job 15:20
  • 17. Deuteronomy 28:41; Hosea 9:13, 16
  • 18. Jeremiah 15:2
  • 19. Psalms 78:64
  • 20. Zechariah 9:3
  • 21. [Proverbs 13:22; Ecclesiastes 2:26]
  • 22. Job 8:14, 15
  • 23. Isaiah 1:8
  • 24. Song of Songs 1:6; Song of Songs 8:11, 12
  • 25. Jeremiah 8:2; Ezekiel 29:5
  • 26. Job 24:24
  • 27. See Job 18:11
  • 28. See Job 22:11
  • 29. Job 34:20, 25; Job 36:20
  • 30. [Job 30:22]
  • 31. Job 8:18
  • 32. Job 16:13
  • 33. Lamentations 2:15; Ezekiel 25:6; Nahum 3:19
  • 34. [2 Chronicles 29:8; Jeremiah 49:17; Lamentations 2:15; Ezekiel 27:36; Zephaniah 2:15]

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Or He (that is, God); also verse 23
  • [b]. Or his; also verse 23

Chapter Summary

INTRODUCTION TO JOB 27

Though Job's friends were become silent, and dropped the controversy with him, he still continued his discourse in this and the four following chapters; in which he asserts his integrity; illustrates and confirms his former sentiments; gives further proof of his knowledge of things, natural and divine; takes notice of his former state of prosperity, and of his present distresses and afflictions, which came upon him, notwithstanding his piety, humanity, and beneficence, and his freedom from the grosser acts of sin, both with respect to God and men, all which he enlarges upon. In this chapter he gives his word and oath for it, that he would never belie himself, and own that he was an hypocrite, when he was not, but would continue to assert his integrity, and the righteousness of his cause, as long as he lived, Job 27:1-6; for to be an hypocrite, and to attempt to conceal his hypocrisy, would be of no advantage to him, either in life, or in death, Job 27:7-10; and was this his character and case, upon their principles, he could expect no other than to be a miserable man, as wicked men are, who have their blessings turned into curses, or taken away from them, and they removed out of the world in the most awful and terrible manner, and under manifest tokens of the wrath and displeasure of God, Job 27:11-23.

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