Job 5:15

15 But the downtrodden are saved by God, saved from the murderous plots, saved from the iron fist.

Job 5:15 Meaning and Commentary

Job 5:15

But he saveth the poor
Who are so in a literal sense, and whom the Lord saves with a temporal salvation; these being the butt of the crafty, wise, and cunning, on whom their eyes are, for whom they lay snares, and lie in wait to draw them in; and these being helpless and without friends, God takes notice of them, appears for them, and arises for their help, and saves them:

from the sword;
of their enemies, drawn against them and ready to be sheathed in them:

from their mouth;
from their reproaches, calumnies, detraction, and evil speaking; or "from the sword, their mouth" F23, as some; or "from the sword of their mouth" F24, as others; or which comes out of it; whose mouths and tongues are as sharp swords, which destroy their credit and reputation, and threaten them with ruin; the Targum is,

``from the slaughter of their mouth:''

and from the hand of the mighty;
their mighty enemies, that, are mightier than they; the Targum is,

``from the hand of a mighty king;''

such an one as Pharaoh, which the same paraphrase makes mention of in ( Job 5:14 ) , and from whom the poor Israelites were delivered: this may be applied to the poor in a spiritual sense, who are poor in spirit, and are sensible of their spiritual poverty, whom the Lord looks unto, has a regard for, and saves them from "the sword" of avenging justice; that being awaked against the man, his fellow, and so warded off from them, and from the mouth of a cursing and condemning law, and from Satan the accuser of the brethren; and of wicked men, whose tongue rising up in judgment against them, he condemns; and from the "hand" of Satan the strong man armed, and who is stronger than they; and of all their spiritual enemies.


F23 So some in Michaelis.
F24 "A gladio oris eorum", V. L. "a gladio qui ex ore eorum", De Dieu, Schultens.

Job 5:15 In-Context

13 He catches the know-it-alls in their conspiracies - all that intricate intrigue swept out with the trash!
14 Suddenly they're disoriented, plunged into darkness; they can't see to put one foot in front of the other.
15 But the downtrodden are saved by God, saved from the murderous plots, saved from the iron fist.
16 And so the poor continue to hope, while injustice is bound and gagged.
17 "So, what a blessing when God steps in and corrects you! Mind you, don't despise the discipline of Almighty God!
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