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Bible Commentaries

Geneva Study Bible

Job 13

Verse 3

13:3 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire {a} to reason with God.

(a) For although he knew that God was just, which was revealed in his ordinary working and another in his secret counsel, yet he uttered his affection to God, because he was not able to understand the reason he punished him.

Verse 4

13:4 But ye [are] forgers of lies, ye [are] all {b} physicians of no value.

(b) You do not well apply your medicine to the disease.

Verse 7

13:7 Will ye speak {c} wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?

(c) He condemns their zeal, who did not have knowledge, nor regarded they to comfort him, but always granted on God’s justice, as though it was not evidently seen in Job, unless they had undertaken the probation of it.

Verse 12

13:12 Your {d} remembrances [are] like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.

(d) Your fame will come to nothing.

Verse 14

13:14 Wherefore do I {e} take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand?

(e) Is not this a revealed sign of my affliction and that I do not complain without cause, seeing that I am thus tormented as though I should tear my own flesh, and put my life in danger?

Verse 16

13:16 He also [shall be] my salvation: for an {f} hypocrite shall not come before him.

(f) By which he declares that he is not a hypocrite as they charged him.

Verse 18

13:18 Behold now, I have ordered [my] cause; I know that I shall be {g} justified.

(g) That is, cleared and not cut off for my sins, as you think.

Verse 19

13:19 Who [is] he [that] will plead {h} with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall {i} give up the ghost.

(h) To prove that God punishes me for my sins.

(i) If I do not defend my cause, every man will condemn me.

Verse 21

13:21 {k} Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid.

(k) He shows what these two things are.

Verse 23

13:23 How many [are] {l} mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.

(l) His pangs move him to reason with God, not denying that he had sinned: but he desired to understand what his great sins were that he deserved such rigor, in which he sinned by demanding a reason from God why he punished him.

Verse 26

13:26 For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess {m} the iniquities of my youth.

(m) You punish me now for the sins that I committed in my youth.

Verse 27

13:27 Thou puttest my feet also in the {n} stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.

(n) You make me your prisoner, and so press me that I cannot stir hand or foot.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Job 13". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". 1599-1645.