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Bible Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Job 13

Introduction

1Job reproves his friends for partiality.
14He professes his confidence in God; and entreats to know his own sins, and God's purpose in afflicting him.

Verse 1

Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and understood it.
Lo
5:9-16; 12:9-25; 42:3-6
ear
4:12; 5:27; 8:8-10; 15:17,18; Psalms 78:3,4; 1 John 1:3

Verse 2

What ye know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior unto you.
12:3; 15:8,9; 34:35; 35:16; 37:2; 40:4,5; 42:7; 1 Corinthians 8:1,2; 2 Corinthians 11:4,5,16-18; 12:11
Reciprocal: Job 6:13 - and is wisdom; Job 15:2 - a wise man; Job 15:11 - is there; Job 34:16 - General; Luke 1:37 - with

Verse 3

Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.
Surely
22; 9:34,35; 11:5; 23:3-7; 31:35
I desire
9:3,14,15; Isaiah 1:18-20; 41:21; Jeremiah 12:1,2; *marg:; Micah 6:2
Reciprocal: Job 16:21 - plead; Job 21:2 - Hear; Job 33:6 - I am; Job 37:19 - Teach

Verse 4

But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.
ye are forgers
4:7-11; 5:1-5; 8:3,4; 18:5-21; 21:27-34; 22:6-30; Exodus 20:16; Psalms 119:69
physicians
6:21; 16:2; Jeremiah 6:14; 8:22; 30:13; 46:11; Ezekiel 34:4; Hosea 5:13; Mark 2:17; Mark 5:26
Reciprocal: Genesis 34:13 - deceitfully; 2 Chronicles 16:12 - physicians; Nehemiah 6:8 - thou feignest; Job 2:11 - to comfort; Job 6:28 - if I lie; Job 11:3 - thy lies; Job 15:3 - he reason; Job 21:34 - seeing; Job 27:12 - altogether; Job 36:4 - my; Daniel 5:10 - let not; Zechariah 10:2 - they comfort; Matthew 27:4 - see; Luke 8:43 - neither

Verse 5

O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.
Oh that ye
13; 11:3; 16:3; 18:2; 19:2; 21:2,3; 32:1
and it
Proverbs 17:28; Ecclesiastes 5:3; Amos 5:13; James 1:19
Reciprocal: Job 6:25 - what doth; Job 15:3 - he reason; Job 15:8 - thou restrain; Job 15:17 - hear me; Job 16:2 - heard; Job 26:3 - counselled; Job 32:16 - General

Verse 6

Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.
21:2,3; 33:1-3; 34:2; Judges 9:7; Proverbs 8:6,7
Reciprocal: Job 13:17 - General; Job 15:8 - thou restrain; Job 15:17 - hear me; Job 18:2 - How long; Job 33:31 - General; Job 37:19 - Teach

Verse 7

Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?
4:7; 11:2-4; 17:5; 32:21,22; 36:4; John 16:2; Romans 3:5-8; 2 Corinthians 4:2
Reciprocal: Genesis 27:20 - Because; Genesis 27:24 - I am; Genesis 27:35 - General; Genesis 34:13 - deceitfully; 2 Kings 10:18 - Jehu; 2 Kings 10:19 - But Jehu; Job 19:29 - ye afraid; Job 27:4 - General; Job 36:2 - I have yet to speak; Proverbs 18:5 - not; Proverbs 30:6 - and; Matthew 26:10 - Why; 1 Corinthians 15:15 - General

Verse 8

Will ye accept his person? will ye contend for God?
32:21; 34:19; Exodus 23:2,3; Proverbs 24:23; Malachi 2:9; *marg:
Reciprocal: Genesis 27:24 - I am; Job 22:8 - honourable; Job 36:2 - I have yet to speak; Proverbs 18:5 - not; Galatians 6:7 - God

Verse 9

Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock him?
search
34:36; Psalms 44:21; 139:23; Jeremiah 17:10
as one
17:2; Isaiah 28:22; Galatians 6:7,8
Reciprocal: Job 11:3 - mockest; Job 21:3 - mock on; Matthew 27:41 - General; Mark 15:19 - they smote

Verse 10

He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons.
reprove
42:7,8; Psalms 50:21,22; 82:2; James 2:9

Verse 11

Shall not his excellency make you afraid? and his dread fall upon you?
Shall
Psalms 119:120; Jeremiah 5:22; 10:10; Matthew 10:28; Revelation 15:3,4
his dread
21; Exodus 15:16; Isaiah 8:13
Reciprocal: Job 9:34 - let not; Job 31:23 - by; Mark 5:15 - and they

Verse 12

Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.
remembrances
18:17; Exodus 17:14; Psalms 34:16; 102:12; 109:15; Proverbs 10:7; Isaiah 26:14
ashes
Genesis 18:27
to bodies
4:19; Genesis 2:7; 2 Corinthians 5:1
Reciprocal: Job 33:6 - I also; Daniel 4:36 - added

Verse 13

Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will.
Hold your peace
Heb. Be silent from me. let me.
5; 7:11; 10:1; 21:3
and let come
6:9,10; 7:15,16
Reciprocal: Job 1:2 - seven sons; Job 13:19 - if I hold; Job 32:20 - I will speak

Verse 14

Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand?
I take
18:4; Ecclesiastes 4:5; Isaiah 9:20; 49:26
and put
Judges 12:3; 1 Samuel 19:5; 28:21; Psalms 119:109

Verse 15

Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
he slay me
18; 19:25-28; 23:10; Psalms 23:4; Proverbs 14:32; Romans 8:38,39
but I will
10:7; 16:17,21; 23:4-7; 27:5; 31:31-37; 40:2,4,5,8; 1 John 3:20
maintain
Heb. prove, or argue.
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 30:6 - David; 2 Kings 18:5 - trusted; Job 2:3 - holdeth; Job 4:6 - thy confidence; Job 14:14 - will I wait; Job 17:15 - my hope; Job 19:7 - no judgment; Job 31:37 - declare; Job 32:1 - righteous; Job 35:15 - because; Job 38:3 - for; Psalm 39:7 - hope; Psalm 42:5 - hope; Psalm 62:8 - Trust; Psalm 71:14 - But; Psalm 73:26 - flesh; Psalm 138:7 - Though I walk; Proverbs 3:5 - Trust; Isaiah 50:10 - let; Lamentations 3:24 - therefore; Daniel 3:18 - be it; Jonah 2:1 - out; Habakkuk 3:18 - I will rejoice; Matthew 15:28 - Jesus; 1 Corinthians 13:7 - endureth; 2 Corinthians 1:12 - our rejoicing; Galatians 6:4 - prove; James 5:11 - Ye

Verse 16

He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.
my salvation
Exodus 15:2; Psalms 27:1; 62:6,7; 118:14,21; Isaiah 12:2; Jeremiah 3:23; Acts 13:47
for an hypocrite
8:13; 27:8-10; 36:13; Isaiah 33:14
Reciprocal: Luke 11:41 - rather; James 5:11 - Ye

Verse 17

Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears.
6; 33:1

Verse 18

Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.
I have ordered
16:21; 23:4; 40:7
I know
9:2,3,20; 40:7,8; Isaiah 43:26; Romans 8:33,34; 2 Corinthians 1:12
Reciprocal: Job 9:32 - we should; Job 13:15 - he slay me

Verse 19

Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.
that will plead
19:5; 33:5-7,32; Isaiah 50:7,8; Romans 8:33
if I hold
13; 7:11; Jeremiah 20:9
Reciprocal: Genesis 30:1 - or else I die; Job 20:2 - my thoughts; Job 32:20 - I will speak

Verse 20

Only do not two things unto me: then will I not hide myself from thee.
do not two
9:34,35
hide myself
Genesis 3:8-10; Psalms 139:12; Revelation 6:15,16

Verse 21

Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid.
Withdraw
10:20; 22:15-17
let not
11; 33:7; Psalms 119:120
Reciprocal: 1 Chronicles 21:30 - he was afraid; Job 22:10 - sudden; Job 23:6 - plead; Job 31:35 - General; Job 40:2 - he that reproveth; Psalm 39:10 - Remove; Lamentations 2:8 - he hath not; Ezekiel 20:22 - I withdrew

Verse 22

Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me.
9:32; 38:3; 40:4,5; 42:3-6
Reciprocal: Job 13:3 - Surely; Job 14:15 - shalt call; Job 16:21 - plead; Job 23:5 - know; Job 31:35 - General; Job 40:7 - Gird

Verse 23

How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.
many
22:5; Psalms 44:20,21
make me
36:8,9; Psalms 139:23
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 17:18 - art thou come; Job 7:21 - why dost; Job 23:5 - know; Psalm 26:2 - General

Verse 24

Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy?
hidest thou
10:2; 29:2,3; Deuteronomy 32:20; Psalms 10:1; 13:1; 44:24; 77:6-9; 88:14; Isaiah 8:17
holdest me
16:9; 19:11; 30:21; 31:35; 33:10; 1 Samuel 28:16; Lamentations 2:5; 2 Thessalonians 3:15
Reciprocal: Genesis 42:14 - General; Deuteronomy 31:17 - hide my face; Deuteronomy 32:42 - revenges; Deuteronomy 32:43 - avenge; Job 7:21 - why dost; Psalm 104:29 - hidest; Jeremiah 30:14 - I

Verse 25

Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?
break
14:3; 1 Samuel 24:14; Isaiah 17:13; Matthew 12:20
Reciprocal: Job 6:11 - What; Job 21:18 - as stubble; Job 30:21 - become cruel; Job 33:10 - he findeth; Psalm 83:13 - as the; Psalm 103:14 - we are dust

Verse 26

For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth.
writest
3:20; Ruth 1:20; Psalms 88:3-18
makest
20:11; Psalms 25:7; Proverbs 5:11-13; Jeremiah 31:19; John 5:5,14
Reciprocal: Ruth 1:21 - the Lord; 1 Kings 17:18 - art thou come; Job 7:20 - I have sinned; Job 10:14 - then; Psalm 119:9 - shall; Psalm 139:3 - compassest; Ecclesiastes 11:10 - remove

Verse 27

Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.
puttest
33:11; 2 Chronicles 16:10-12; Proverbs 7:22; Acts 16:24
and lookest
Heb. and observest.
10:6; 14:16; 16:9
settest
2:7
heels
Heb. roots.
Reciprocal: Job 7:8 - thine eyes; Job 10:14 - then; Job 14:3 - bringest; Job 36:8 - if; Psalm 139:3 - compassest

Verse 28

And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth eaten.
And he
30:17-19,29,30; Numbers 12:12
as a garment
4:19; Psalms 39:11; Hosea 5:12 Reciprocal: Job 6:11 - What; Job 33:21 - His flesh; Isaiah 50:9 - they all; Isaiah 51:8 - the moth; James 5:2 - your garments

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 13". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/job-13.html.