Job 5:17-18

17 “Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.[a]
18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.

Job 5:17-18 Meaning and Commentary


In this chapter Eliphaz goes on to prove, and further confirm and establish, what he had before asserted, that not good men, but wicked men only, are afflicted of God, at least greatly, so as to have their substance wholly destroyed and perish, which was Job's case; and this partly from the case, state, and sentiments of all the saints, Job 5:1,2; and from his own observation and experience, Job 5:3-5; and then he proceeds to give some advice; and seeing afflictions do not come by chance, but are of God, it is right in such circumstances for a man to seek to the Lord for pardon and salvation, and commit his cause unto him, Job 5:6-8; who does many great things in a providential way to the good of man in general, and to the disappointment of wicked crafty men, and to the serving of the poor in particular, Job 5:9-16; so that it is best patiently to bear the afflicting hand of God, and it is an happiness to be corrected by him, since he delivers such out of all their troubles, and preserves them from many evils, and bestows many good things on them; which would be Job's case particularly, if he behaved according to the advice given, and which is left with him to consider of, Job 5:17-27.

Cross References 5

  • 1. Deuteronomy 8:5; Job 33:19; Job 36:10; Zephaniah 3:7; James 1:12
  • 2. Psalms 94:12; Proverbs 3:11; Jeremiah 31:18
  • 3. S Genesis 17:1; S Job 15:11; Hebrews 12:5-11
  • 4. Psalms 147:3; Isaiah 57:15; Isaiah 61:1; Hosea 6:1; Isaiah 30:26
  • 5. S Deuteronomy 32:39; 1 Samuel 2:6

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Hebrew "Shaddai" ; here and throughout Job
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