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Job 23

 

 

Introduction
1Job longs to appear before God,
6in confidence of his mercy.
8God, who is invisible, observes our ways.
11Job's innocency.
13God's decree is immutable.

Verse 2
Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
my complaint
6:2; 10:1; Lamentations 3:19,20; Psalms 77:2-9
stroke
Heb. hand. heavier.
11:6

Verse 3
Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!
Oh that
13:3; 16:21; 40:1-5; Isaiah 26:8; Jeremiah 14:7
where
Isaiah 55:6,7; 2 Corinthians 5:19,20; Hebrews 4:6
that I might
31:35-37

Verse 4
I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
order
13:18; 37:19; Psalms 43:1; Isaiah 43:26
fill my mouth
Genesis 18:25-32; 32:12; Exodus 32:12,13; Numbers 14:13-19; Joshua 7:8,9; Psalms 25:11; Daniel 9:18,19

Verse 5
I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.
know
10:2; 13:22,23; 42:2-6; 1 Corinthians 4:3,4

Verse 6
Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.
plead
9:19,33,34; 13:21; Isaiah 27:4,8; Ezekiel 20:33,35
but he would
Psalms 138:3; 2 Corinthians 12:9,10

Verse 7
There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
There
Isaiah 1:18; Jeremiah 3:5; 12:1
so should
9:15; Romans 3:19-22; 8:1,33,34

Verse 8
Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
9:11; Psalms 10:1; 13:1-3; Isaiah 45:15; 1 Timothy 6:16

Verse 9
On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:
he hideth himself
Psalms 89:46; Isaiah 8:17

Verse 10
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
he knoweth
Genesis 18:19; 2 Kings 20:3; Psalms 1:6; 139:1-3; John 21:17; 2 Timothy 2:19
the way that I take
Heb. the way that is with me. he hath.
1:11,12; 2:5,6; Deuteronomy 8:2; Psalms 17:3; 66:10; Proverbs 17:3; Zechariah 13:9; Malachi 3:2,3; Hebrews 11:17; James 1:2-4,12; 1 Peter 1:7
I shall
42:5-8

Verse 11
My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.
My foot
1 Samuel 12:2-5; Psalms 18:20-24; 44:18; Acts 20:18,19,33,34; 2 Corinthians 1:12; 1 Thessalonians 2:10
his way
17:9; Psalms 36:3; 125:5; Zephaniah 1:6; Luke 8:13-15; Romans 2:7; 2 Peter 2:20-22

Verse 12
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
Neither
John 6:66-69; 8:31; Acts 14:22; Hebrews 10:38,39; 1 John 2:19
I have esteemed
Heb. hid, or, laid up.
22:22; Psalms 19:9,10; 119:11,103,127; Jeremiah 15:16; John 4:32,34; 1 Peter 2:2
necessary food
or, appointed portion.
Luke 12:42,46

Verse 13
But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.
who can
9:12,13; 11:10; 12:14; 34:29; Numbers 23:19,20; Ecclesiastes 1:15; 3:14; Romans 9:19; James 1:17
and what
Psalms 115:3; 135:6; Proverbs 19:21; Isaiah 14:24-27; 46:10; Daniel 4:35; Ephesians 1:9-11

Verse 14
For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.
appointed
7:3; Micah 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 3:3; 5:9; 1 Peter 2:8
many such
Psalms 77:19; 97:2; Isaiah 40:27,28; Romans 11:33

Verse 15
Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.
3; 10:15; 31:23; Psalms 77:3; 119:120; Habakkuk 3:16

Verse 16
For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:
For God
Psalms 22:14; Isaiah 6:5; 57:16
Almighty
27:2; Ruth 1:20; Psalms 88:16; Joel 1:15

Verse 17
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.
cut off
6:9; 2 Kings 22:20; Isaiah 57:1
the darkness from
15:22; 18:6,18; 19:8; 22:11

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 23:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-23.html.

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