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Job 13:1-28. JOB'S REPLY TO ZOPHAR CONTINUED.
1. all this--as to the dealings of Providence (Job 12:3).
4. forgers of lies--literally, "artful twisters of vain speeches" [UMBREIT].
7. deceitfully--use fallacies to vindicate God in His dealings; as if the end justified the means. Their "deceitfulness" for God, against Job, was that they asserted he was a sinner, because he was a sufferer.
8. accept his person--God's; that is, be partial for Him, as when a
judge favors one party in a trial, because of personal considerations.
9. Will the issue to you be good, when He searches out you and your
arguments? Will you be regarded by Him as pure and disinterested?
11. make you afraid?--namely, of employing sophisms in His name (Jer 10:7, 10).
12. remembrances--"proverbial maxims," so called because well
14. A proverb for, "Why should I anxiously desire to save my life?" [EICHORN]. The image in the first clause is that of a wild beast, which in order to preserve his prey, carries it in his teeth. That in the second refers to men who hold in the hand what they want to keep secure.
15. in him--So the margin or keri, reads. But the textual reading or chetib is "not," which agrees best with the context, and other passages wherein he says he has no hope (Job 6:11; 7:21; 10:20; 19:10). "Though He slay me, and I dare no more hope, yet I will maintain," &c., that is, "I desire to vindicate myself before Him," as not a hypocrite [UMBREIT and NOYES].
16. He--rather, "This also already speaks in my behalf (literally, 'for my saving acquittal') for an hypocrite would not wish to come before Him" (as I do) [UMBREIT]. (See last clause of Job 13:15).
17. my declaration--namely, that I wish to be permitted to justify
myself immediately before God.
18. ordered--implying a constant preparation for defense in his confidence of innocence.
19. if, &c.--Rather, "Then would I hold my tongue and give up the ghost"; that is, if any one can contend with me and prove me false, I have no more to say. "I will be silent and die." Like our "I would stake my life on it" [UMBREIT].
22. call--a challenge to the defendant to answer to the charges.
23. The catalogue of my sins ought to be great, to judge from the
severity with which God ever anew crushes one already bowed down. Would
that He would reckon them up! He then would see how much my calamities
24. hidest . . . face--a figure from the gloomy impression caused by
the sudden clouding over of the sun.
Job compares himself to a leaf already fallen, which the storm still
chases hither and thither.
26. writest--a judicial phrase, to note down the determined
punishment. The sentence of the condemned used to be written down
27. stocks--in which the prisoner's feet were made fast until the
time of execution