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James Nisbet's Church Pulpit Commentary

Job 16



Verse 22


‘When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.’

Job 16:22

I. Let us realise our inevitable journey.

II. Let us contemplate its nearness.

III. Let us consider our non-return from the journey.

IV. Let us inquire whither we are going on our last journey.


‘We need not wish to return. What is there here that should either tempt us to stay in this world or induce us to return to it if we could? Still, I could suppose in a future state some reasons for wishing to return. I can suppose we might have it in our hearts, for instance, to wish to undo the mischief which we did in life. If a dying man should receive mercy in his last moments, one might imagine him as desiring to return to earth to tell the glad tidings and beseech his family and friends to seek salvation. Who would not wish for once to plead with his children if he felt that he had neglected his duty to them? A man might wish, even if he were in the unquenchable flame, to come back to earth or to send a messenger, as the rich man did, to tell his brethren, lest they should come into the place of torment. Selfishness might wish to be spared the reproaches of those we helped to ruin. But you cannot come back or send back to undo your ill deeds. Therefore seek to mend matters now. Avoid the doing of evil, and as for that which is already done, confess it before God, and seek to administer the antidote by an earnest and godly life.’


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Bibliography Information
Nisbet, James. "Commentary on Job 16:4". Church Pulpit Commentary. 1876.

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