Job 33:19

19 “Or someone may be chastened on a bed of pain with constant distress in their bones,

Job 33:19 in Other Translations

19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain:
19 "Man is also rebuked with pain on his bed and with continual strife in his bones,
19 “Or God disciplines people with pain on their sickbeds, with ceaseless aching in their bones.
19 "Or, God might get their attention through pain, by throwing them on a bed of suffering,
19 A person may be disciplined on his bed with pain and constant distress in his bones,

Job 33:19 Meaning and Commentary

Job 33:19

He is chastened also with pain upon his bed
This seems to be another way, in which God, according to his eternal purposes, speaks unto men, as the word "also" intimates; namely, by afflictions, and sometimes painful ones; which have a voice in them, and men of wisdom will hearken to it, ( Micah 6:9 ) . Pain here signifies not pain of the mind, or a wounded spirit, which is very afflicting, distressing, and intolerable; but pain of the body, as the next clause shows; and this endured on the bed, it being so great as to confine a man to his bed, or is what he felt there, where he might hope for ease and rest; see ( Job 7:13 ) ;

and the multitude of his bones with strong [pain];
not with a slight one, but a very strong one, such as those felt who gnawed their tongues for pain, ( Revelation 16:10 ) . Jarchi interprets it, the multitude of his bones, which are strong; though they are hardy and strong, yet filled with exquisite pain; and not one, or a few of them, but a multitude of them, as there are a multitude of them in a man's body; even all of them, as Hezekiah complains, which must be very excruciating indeed, ( Isaiah 38:13 ) ; and which was Job's case; not only his flesh was in pain, through the sores and ulcers upon him, but his bones were pierced in him, and his sinews had no rest, and he was full of tossings to and fro, ( Job 7:3 Job 7:4 ) ( 30:17 ) ; and in this way he was, as other good men are, reproved and chastened by the Lord; and in which way he had spoke to him, as he does to others, and which should be attended to; and since such painful afflictions are but fatherly chastisements, they should be patiently endured, and the voice of God in them listened to, and before long there will be no more pain: the "Cetib", or textual writing, is, "the contention of his bones is strong"; through pain, or with which God contends with men; we follow the marginal reading.

Job 33:19 In-Context

17 to turn them from wrongdoing and keep them from pride,
18 to preserve them from the pit, their lives from perishing by the sword.
19 “Or someone may be chastened on a bed of pain with constant distress in their bones,
20 so that their body finds food repulsive and their soul loathes the choicest meal.
21 Their flesh wastes away to nothing, and their bones, once hidden, now stick out.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Job 5:17
  • 2. S Genesis 17:1; S Deuteronomy 8:5; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; James 1:3
  • 3. S Job 16:16; Psalms 6:2; Psalms 38:3; Isaiah 38:13; Job 30:17
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