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Job 36:10

10 He makes them listen to correction and commands them to repent of their evil.

Read Job 36:10 Using Other Translations

He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
He opens their ears to instruction and commands that they return from iniquity.
He gets their attention and commands that they turn from evil.

What does Job 36:10 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 36:10

He openeth also their ear to discipline
Or "to correction" F15; to the rod of correction; to hear the voice of it and him that has appointed it; its reproving voice for sin, its directing voice to duty, and its commanding voice to return from iniquity, as in the next clause. Or "to instruction" F16; God's corrections of his people being instructions to them, whereby they learn more of their duty, and of the rich experiences of grace; their faith, hope, love, and patience, are tried and increased hereby; and more of the love of God, of his care and faithfulness, of his covenant, of his gracious presence, and communion with God, what it is; and even of the doctrines of the everlasting Gospel: sometimes more is learned by an affliction than by a sermon. Now in order to hearken hereunto, to the voice of God in an affliction, the ear must be opened; which is first done in conversion by the mighty power of God: but sometimes good men fall asleep, and are inattentive to divine things; and this is one way God takes to awaken them, to arouse their attention; he speaks to them out of a whirlwind; he sends some terrible startling affliction, which fetches them out of their slumber, and so their ears are opened to hear what he says in it: at the noise of his waterspouts, and his billows one after another rolling over them, they are awakened to a sense of their sin and duty, ( Psalms 42:7 ) ;

and commandeth that they return from iniquity;
repent of their sin, turn from it and forsake it: such a strong voice has an affliction in it, when sanctified and attended with the spirit and power of God; then it effectually teaches men to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, as the word of God, the Gospel of the grace of God does, when accompanied with the same; as there is a commanding voice in the one, so there is in the other; and happy it is when such ends as these are answered by afflictions.


FOOTNOTES:

F15 (rowml) "ad correptionem", Montanus; "ad correctionem", Beza, Michaelis, Schultens.
F16 "Ad eruditionem", Cocceius.
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