Job 27

Job’s Final Word to His Friends

1 And Job continued his discourse:
2 “As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made my life bitter,
3 as long as I have life within me, the breath of God in my nostrils,
4 my lips will not say anything wicked, and my tongue will not utter lies.
5 I will never admit you are in the right; till I die, I will not deny my integrity.
6 I will maintain my innocence and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live.
7 “May my enemy be like the wicked, my adversary like the unjust!
8 For what hope have the godless when they are cut off, when God takes away their life?
9 Does God listen to their cry when distress comes upon them?
10 Will they find delight in the Almighty? Will they call on God at all times?
11 “I will teach you about the power of God; the ways of the Almighty I will not conceal.
12 You have all seen this yourselves. Why then this meaningless talk?
13 “Here is the fate God allots to the wicked, the heritage a ruthless man receives from the Almighty:
14 However many his children, their fate is the sword; his offspring will never have enough to eat.
15 The plague will bury those who survive him, and their widows will not weep for them.
16 Though he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay,
17 what he lays up the righteous will wear, and the innocent will divide his silver.
18 The house he builds is like a moth’s cocoon, like a hut made by a watchman.
19 He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more; when he opens his eyes, all is gone.
20 Terrors overtake him like a flood; a tempest snatches him away in the night.
21 The east wind carries him off, and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place.
22 It hurls itself against him without mercy as he flees headlong from its power.
23 It claps its hands in derision and hisses him out of his 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 44

  • 1. Job 29:1
  • 2. S Job 6:29; S Job 9:24; Isaiah 45:9; Isaiah 49:4,14; Job 34:5
  • 3. Job 23:16
  • 4. S 1 Samuel 1:10; S Job 7:19; S Job 10:1; Job 9:18
  • 5. S Genesis 2:7; Job 32:8; Job 33:4; Job 34:14; S Psalms 144:4
  • 6. S Job 6:28; S Job 12:16; S Job 16:17
  • 7. S Job 2:9; S Job 10:7; S Job 32:2; Job 13:15
  • 8. Job 29:14; Psalms 119:121; Psalms 132:9; Isaiah 59:17; Isaiah 61:10
  • 9. S Acts 23:1; Romans 2:15
  • 10. S Job 2:3; S Job 10:7; S Job 23:10; S Job 34:17
  • 11. S Job 8:22
  • 12. Job 31:35
  • 13. S Job 8:13
  • 14. S Numbers 16:22; S Job 8:22; S Job 11:20; Luke 12:20
  • 15. S Deuteronomy 1:45; S 1 Samuel 8:18; S Job 15:31; Job 35:12; Proverbs 1:28; Isaiah 1:15; Jeremiah 14:12; Micah 3:4
  • 16. S Job 22:26
  • 17. Job 36:23
  • 18. ver 13
  • 19. S Job 15:20; Job 16:19; S Job 20:29
  • 20. S Job 5:4
  • 21. Deuteronomy 28:41; S Job 15:22; S Lamentations 2:22; Hosea 9:13
  • 22. S Job 4:11; Job 20:10
  • 23. Psalms 78:64
  • 24. S 1 Kings 10:27
  • 25. Zechariah 9:3
  • 26. Psalms 39:6; Psalms 49:10; Ecclesiastes 2:26
  • 27. S Job 7:8; Proverbs 13:22; Proverbs 28:8; Ecclesiastes 2:26
  • 28. Exodus 3:22; S Job 3:15
  • 29. S Job 8:22
  • 30. S Job 8:14
  • 31. Isaiah 1:8; Isaiah 24:20
  • 32. S Job 3:13; S Job 7:8
  • 33. S Job 14:20
  • 34. S Job 6:4
  • 35. S Job 15:21
  • 36. S Job 20:8
  • 37. Job 38:24; Jeremiah 13:24; Jeremiah 22:22
  • 38. Job 30:22
  • 39. S Job 7:10; Job 21:18
  • 40. Jeremiah 13:14; Ezekiel 5:11; Ezekiel 24:14
  • 41. 2 Kings 7:15
  • 42. S Job 11:20
  • 43. S Numbers 24:10; Nahum 3:19
  • 44. S Job 7:10; Job 18:18

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.

Job 27 Commentaries