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Bible Commentaries
Job 10

Haydock's Catholic Bible CommentaryHaydock's Catholic Commentary

Verse 1

Life. Job had intimated a fear to proceed any farther. (Calmet) --- But perceiving that he had not convinced his friends, he continues his discourse (Haydock) in still stronger terms, yet so as to acknowledge the justice of God. (Calmet) --- Speech against. Hebrew, "complaint upon, (Haydock) or respecting myself," I will deplore my misfortunes, (Calmet) or I will say no more about them. (Menochius)

Verse 2

Judgest. Hebrew, "contendest with me," as with an enemy? Is it to punish some fault, or only to make thy grace shine forth? (Calmet)

Verse 3

Calumniate permissively, by treating me in such a manner, that others lay false crimes to my charge. Hebrew, "oppress and despise the work." --- Wicked, who are ready enough (Haydock) to assert that virtue is useless, (Calmet) and that God mindeth not human affairs. My affliction will confirm them in their false notion, (Haydock) and my friends will triumph as if their arguments were well founded. The devil will also exult. (Calmet) --- He knew that God could not be guilty of calumny, and inquireth why he is afflicted. (Worthington)

Verse 4

Seeth, judging only of the exterior. (Tirinus) (Ver. 6.)

Verse 5

Days, sometimes denote judgments, 1 Corinthians iv. 3. Is God liable to change, like men, or does he stand in need of time to examine them, or fear lest they should escape? (Calmet) --- Is it necessary for him to prove his friends, to know their real dispositions? (Sanctius)

Verse 7

Shouldst. Hebrew and Septuagint, "Thou knowest that....and there," &c. (Haydock) --- It would be vain for me to appeal to any other. (Calmet)

Verse 8

Sudden, like a potter’s vessel? Job was reduced to misery all at once. (Calmet) --- He acknowledges that God may destroy him as his creature; but that character encourages him to hope for mercy, grace, and glory. (Worthington)

Verse 10

Milked. Hebrew, "poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?" (Haydock) --- See Wisdom vii. 1. The ancients explained our origin by the comparison of milk curdled, or cheese; (Arist.[Aristotle?] i. 10.; Pliny, [Natural History?] vii. 15.) which the moderns have explained on more plausible principles. (Calmet) --- Yet still we may acknowledge our ignorance with the mother of Machabees, 2 Machabees vii. 22.

Verse 12

Thy fatherly visitation (Haydock) but still preserved my life. (Calmet)

Verse 13

Rememberest. Septuagint, "canst do all things." Hebrew, "this is with thee." (Haydock) --- I am convinced that thou still regardest me with affection, though it would appear as if thou hadst forgotten me. (Calmet)

Verse 14

Iniquity? Punishing me for the sins which seemed to be pardoned. (Calmet) --- Hebrew, "If I sin, then thou makest me, and wilt not suffer; (Haydock) or if thou hast not pardoned my iniquity: (15) And," &c. (Calmet)

Verse 15

Woe. Thou wilt not suffer me to pass unpunished. (Calmet) --- Head. I will adore in silence, chap. ix. 15, 31. (Ven. Bede) (Calmet)

Verse 16

Pride. If I give way to pride, thou wilt pull me down, though I were as fierce and strong as a lioness. Hebrew, "for it (affliction) increaseth. Thou huntest me." (Protestants) --- Returning. Hebrew and Septuagint, "again." (Haydock)

Verse 17

Witnesses, afflictions; (Menochius) "wounds." (Pagnin) (Tirinus)

Verse 20

Lament. Hebrew, "take comfort," (Haydock) or breath. (Calmet) --- Repentance is always necessary, but more particularly at the hour of death. (Worthington)

Verse 21

Death, to the grave, or to hell, (Calmet) if my sins deserve it. (Haydock)

Verse 22

Horror. At death all distinction of ranks is at an end. (Tirinus) --- Hebrew, "where the light is as darkness." (Protestants) Septuagint, "To the land of eternal darkness, where there is no sound, nor life of mortals to see." (Haydock)

Verse 35


Bibliographical Information
Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Job 10". "Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/hcc/job-10.html. 1859.
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