Job 29:20

20 My glory will not fade; the bow will be ever new in my hand.’

Read Job 29:20 Using Other Translations

My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.
my glory fresh with me, and my bow ever new in my hand.'
New honors are constantly bestowed on me, and my strength is continually renewed.’

What does Job 29:20 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 29:20

My glory [was]
"Is" or "shall be";

fresh in me;
or "new" F7; renewed day by day, having fresh additions made unto it; which was true of Job's temporal honour from among men; as a prince and civil magistrate, he had the honour given him that was due unto him, and this was continually increasing; and also of his spiritual glory, which lay, as every good man's glory does, in the grace of God wrought in him, and in the righteousness of Christ put upon him, ( Psalms 45:9 Psalms 45:13 ) ; which grace is renewed and increased in them by the Holy Spirit, and is therefore called the renewing of the Holy Ghost; and which righteousness is revealed "from faith to faith", ( Romans 1:17 ) , from a lesser degree of it to a greater:

and my bow was renewed in my hand;
"is" or "shall be"; meaning either his authority as a civil magistrate, increasing daily to the terror of evildoers, and to the praise, profit, and defence of them that did well; or his strength, as Gersom interprets it, his spiritual strength, as in ( Isaiah 40:31 ) ; where the same word is used as here; so that he grew stronger and stronger in faith and other graces, and went from strength to strength; the bow was a warlike instrument, and required strength to draw it, and is put for it; see ( Genesis 48:22 ) ( 49:24 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F7 (vdx) "nova", Mercerus, Piscator, Michaelis, Schultens.
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