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Job 19:11

11 His anger burns against me; he counts me among his enemies.

Read Job 19:11 Using Other Translations

He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies.
He has kindled his wrath against me and counts me as his adversary.
His fury burns against me; he counts me as an enemy.

What does Job 19:11 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 19:11

He hath also kindled his wrath against me
In this and some following verses the metaphor is taken from a state of warfare, in which enemies are engaged in an hostile way, ( Job 19:12 ) ; in which way Job apprehended God was come forth against him; he imagined that the wrath of God, which is comparable to fire for its force and fury, was kindled against him; that it began to appear, and was bursting out in a flame upon him, and all around him, to consume him; he thought his afflictions were in wrath, which is often the mistaken apprehension of good men, see ( Psalms 38:1 ) ( Psalms 88:7 Psalms 88:16 ) ; and that the terrors of it were set in battle array against him, ( Job 6:4 ) ;

and he counted me unto him as [one of] his enemies;
all men are by nature enemies to God, yea, enmity itself, and so are his own people while unregenerate, until the enmity of their hearts is slain, and they are reconciled to God by his spirit and grace; but as Job was truly a gracious man, and possessed of the fruits of the spirit, he must among the rest of his graces have the love of God in his heart; and he was sensible and conscious to himself that he was no enemy to God, and could appeal to him, as the searcher of hearts, that he knew he loved him; nay, he could not believe that God reckoned him his enemy, when he had given such a testimony of him, and of his fear of him, that there was none like him; and when Job so strongly trusted in him for salvation, and believed he should enjoy him for ever: but his sense is, that God treated him, by afflicting him in the manner he did, as if he was one of his enemies; had he really been one, he could not have used him, he thought, more roughly and severely; so that, judging according to the outward appearance of things, it might be concluded, as it seems it was by his friends, that he was a wicked man, an hypocrite, an enemy to God and godliness; but whereas Job thought that God dealt with him as with an enemy, he was mistaken; since when God afflicts his people, he deals with them as with sons, ( Hebrews 12:7 ) .

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