For it increaseth
That is, the affliction increaseth; which is a reason why pity should be shown him, seeing his troubles instead of abating were growing upon him; he had as much, or more, than he could well bear, and yet more was added to it; so that he was an object of compassion: or, "it lifteth itself up" F3; these proud waves of affliction rise, swell, and lift themselves on high, and threaten to overwhelm and utterly destroy; some render it as a "wish, oh, that it increased" F4; that it would come to its height, and quickly and at once put an end to this miserable life of mine: Job's affliction was a lingering one, it proceeded slowly; he wished it would make more haste, and become stronger, and soon dispatch him; see ( Job 6:9 ) ;
thou huntest me as a fierce lion;
as the ramping shakal, as Mr. Broughton; the lion rampant, that is hungry, fierce, and ravenous, that pursues its prey with great eagerness, and never leaves till it comes up to it, when it seizes and devours it at once; or it, the affliction, hunteth me, pursues me closely, and will not leave, but threatens destruction to me; or rather, thou, that is God, who is often in Scripture compared to a lion, particularly when afflicting, or about to afflict the sons of men; see ( Isaiah 38:13 ) ( Hosea 5:14 ) ( Hosea 13:7 Hosea 13:8 ) ; some F5 interpret the words, as if Job was compared to a lion hunted by men, at which darts were cast, for which nets were prepared, and pits were dug: according to this sense Job was dealt with as if, in the time of his prosperity, he had been like a fierce and cruel lion, preying upon and oppressing others; now the Lord was taking methods with him, both to restrain him from hurting others, and to chastise him for what he had done to them: but it would be much better to consider this in a light more agreeable to Job's character as a good man, a righteous one, who is as bold as a lion, and fears nothing, ( Proverbs 28:1 ) ; and such an one was Job; and in his prosperity lifted up his head and walked boldly, and consequently not fearing the frowns of men, nor the malice of Satan; but now this lion was hunted by the Lord himself, and compassed with his net, ( Job 19:6 ) ; and to this sense is the version of Schultens, connecting the words with the preceding clause, "him therefore, who walked high as a lion, thou humblest"; he who before carried his head high, being afraid of none, is now hunted down, and lies low enough, prostrate and distressed:
and again thou showest thyself marvellous upon me;
or, "thou returnest
F3 (hagyw) "attollit sese", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; so Mercerus.
F4 So Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus, Bolducius.
F5 So Jarchi and Nachmanides; to which sense the Septuagint and Vulgate Latin versions incline.
F6 (bvtw) "et reverteris", Pagninus, Montanus, Bolducius, Vatablus, Mercerus; so Beza.
F7 (yb) "adversum me", Beza; "contra me", Vatablus, Junius & Tremellius.