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Job 36

Introduction

1Elihu shews how God is just in his ways.
16How Job's sins hinder God's blessings.
24God's works are to be magnified.

Verse 2

Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak on God's behalf.
Suffer
21:3; 33:31-33; Hebrews 13:22
I have yet to speak, etc
Heb. there are yet words for God.
13:7,8; 33:6; Exodus 4:16; Jeremiah 15:19; Ezekiel 2:7; 2 Corinthians 5:20
Reciprocal: Job 15:17 - hear me

Verse 3

I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
fetch
28:12,13,20-24; 32:8; Proverbs 2:4,5; Matthew 2:1,2; 12:42; Acts 8:27-40; Romans 10:6-8; James 1:5,17; 3:17
ascribe
32:2; 34:5,10-12; Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalms 11:7; 145:17; Jeremiah 12:1; Daniel 9:7,14; Romans 3:25,26; 9:14; Revelation 15:3
Reciprocal: Job 33:3 - my lips;  Job 33:23 - to;  Job 35:10 - my;  Romans 3:4 - That thou;  Revelation 4:11 - to receive

Verse 4

For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.
my
13:4,7; 21:27,34; 22:6-30; Proverbs 8:7,8; 2 Corinthians 2:17
perfect
37:16; Luke 1:3; Acts 24:22; 1 Corinthians 14:20; *marg:; Colossians 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16,17
in
Psalms 49:3; Proverbs 22:20,21
Reciprocal: Job 33:3 - my lips

Verse 5

Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.
despiseth
10:3; 31:13; Psalms 22:24; 138:6
mighty
9:14,19; 12:13-16; 26:12-14; 37:23; Psalms 99:4; 147:5; Jeremiah 10:12; 32:19; 1 Corinthians 1:24-28
wisdom
Heb. heart.
Reciprocal: Genesis 18:14 - Is;  Job 9:4 - wise in heart;  Job 33:12 - God;  Romans 12:16 - condescend to men of low estate

Verse 6

He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor.
preserveth
21:7-9,30; Psalms 55:23; Jeremiah 12:1,2; 2 Peter 2:9
giveth
29:12-17; Psalms 9:12; 10:14,15; 72:4,12-14; 82:1-4; Proverbs 22:22,23; Isaiah 11:4
poor
or, afflicted.
Exodus 22:22-24; Psalms 140:12
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 2:8 - set them;  Job 36:15 - delivereth;  Psalm 113:7 - needy

Verse 7

He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.
withdraw
2 Chronicles 16:9; Psalms 33:18; 34:15; Zephaniah 3:17; 1 Peter 3:12
with
1:3; 42:12; Genesis 23:6; 41:40; 1 Samuel 2:8; Esther 10:3; Psalms 78:70-72; 113:7,8
he doth
2 Samuel 7:13-16; Psalms 112:7-10; 2 Thessalonians 3:3
Reciprocal: Job 10:3 - Is it good;  Psalm 11:7 - his;  Psalm 41:12 - settest;  Isaiah 22:23 - a glorious;  Isaiah 37:17 - Incline

Verse 8

And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;
if
13:27; 19:6; 33:18,19; Psalms 18:5; 107:10; 116:3; Lamentations 3:9
cords
Proverbs 5:22
Reciprocal: Genesis 42:21 - they said;  2 Samuel 22:6 - sorrows;  2 Chronicles 33:11 - the Lord;  Job 13:23 - make me;  Job 33:23 - to;  Job 36:13 - bindeth;  Psalm 107:14 - brake;  Amos 4:9 - yet;  Luke 15:18 - I have

Verse 9

Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
he
10:2; Deuteronomy 4:21,22; 2 Chronicles 33:11-13; Psalms 94:12; 119:67,71; Lamentations 3:39,40; Luke 15:17-19; 1 Corinthians 11:32
their
Psalms 5:10; Isaiah 59:12; Ezekiel 18:28-31; Romans 5:20; 1 Timothy 1:15
Reciprocal: Genesis 42:21 - they said;  Job 13:23 - make me;  Psalm 107:10 - bound

Verse 10

He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
openeth
15; 33:16-23; Psalms 40:6; Isaiah 48:8,17; 50:5; Acts 16:14
commandeth
Proverbs 1:22,23; 8:4,5; 9:4-6; Isaiah 1:16-20; 55:6,7; Jeremiah 4:3,4; 7:3-7; Ezekiel 18:30,31; Hosea 14:1; Matthew 3:8; Acts 3:19; 17:30; James 4:8
Reciprocal: Job 33:24 - Deliver

Verse 11

If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
If
22:21; Deuteronomy 4:30; Jeremiah 7:23; 26:13; Romans 6:17; Hebrews 11:8
spend
11:13-19; 21:11; 22:23; 42:12; Ecclesiastes 9:2,3; James 5:5; Revelation 18:7
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 10:12 - to serve;  1 Chronicles 28:9 - serve him;  Job 21:13 - They;  Job 33:24 - Deliver

Verse 12

But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.
if
Deuteronomy 18:15-22; 29:15-20; Isaiah 1:20; 3:11; Romans 2:8,9
perish
Heb. pass away. die.
4:21; John 8:21-24
Reciprocal: 1 Chronicles 28:9 - serve him;  Proverbs 5:23 - shall die;  Hosea 4:6 - for;  Joel 2:8 - sword

Verse 13

But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them.
heap
Numbers 32:14; 2 Chronicles 28:13,22; Romans 2:5
they
15:4; 27:8-10; 35:9,10; Matthew 22:12,13
bindeth
8; Psalms 107:10
Reciprocal: Leviticus 14:41 - into an unclean place;  Job 8:13 - the hypocrite's;  Job 13:16 - for an hypocrite;  Job 15:34 - the congregation;  Job 38:23 - GeneralJob 40:13 - bind;  Isaiah 9:13 - the people;  Daniel 9:13 - made we not our prayer before;  Hosea 7:7 - there;  Haggai 2:17 - yet;  Matthew 12:32 - it shall not;  Luke 12:1 - which;  1 Peter 2:1 - hypocrisies

Verse 14

They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.
They die
Heb. Their soul dieth.
15:32; 21:23-25; 22:16; Genesis 38:7-10; Leviticus 10:1,2; Psalms 55:23
unclean
or, sodomites.
Genesis 19:5,24,25; Deuteronomy 23:17
Reciprocal: Leviticus 11:5 - but divideth;  Leviticus 13:44 - utterly unclean;  Leviticus 14:41 - into an unclean place

Verse 15

He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.
delivereth
poor
or, afflicted. openeth.
10; 2 Chronicles 12:8
Reciprocal: Job 33:16 - openeth;  Psalm 119:32 - enlarge;  Daniel 6:27 - delivereth

Verse 16

Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness.
a broad
19:8; 42:10-17; Psalms 18:19; 31:8; 40:1-3; 118:5
that which should be set on thy table
Heb. the rest of thy table. full.
Psalms 23:5; 36:8; 63:5; Isaiah 25:6; 55:2
Reciprocal: 2 Kings 6:1 - too strait for us;  Job 18:7 - steps;  Psalm 4:1 - thou;  Psalm 18:36 - enlarged;  Psalm 66:12 - but thou;  Psalm 119:32 - enlarge;  2 Corinthians 6:12 - are not

Verse 17

But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold on thee.
fulfilled
16:5; 34:8,36; Romans 1:32; Revelation 18:4
take hold on thee
should uphold thee.
Reciprocal: Job 9:19 - he is strong;  Job 10:3 - Is it good;  Malachi 2:17 - Every;  Luke 12:58 - the judge

Verse 18

Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.
Because
Psalms 2:5,12; 110:5; Matthew 3:7; Romans 1:18; 2:5; Ephesians 5:6
his
Psalms 39:10; Isaiah 14:6; Ezekiel 24:16
then
33:24; Psalms 49:7,8; 1 Timothy 2:6; Hebrews 2:3
deliver thee
Heb. turn thee aside.
Reciprocal: Exodus 30:12 - a ransom;  1 Kings 20:39 - or else;  Job 10:3 - Is it good;  Proverbs 11:4 - Riches;  Isaiah 30:13 - cometh;  Luke 12:58 - the judge

Verse 19

Will he esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces of strength.
Will
Proverbs 10:2; 11:4; Isaiah 2:20; Zephaniah 1:18; James 5:3
nor all
9:13; 34:20; Psalms 33:16,17; Proverbs 11:21; Isaiah 37:36
Reciprocal: Job 34:19 - regardeth;  Psalm 49:8 - General

Verse 20

Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place.
Desire
3:20,21; 6:9; 7:15; 14:13; 17:13,14
cut
Exodus 12:29; 2 Kings 19:35; Proverbs 14:32; Ecclesiastes 11:3; Daniel 5:30; Luke 12:20; Acts 1:25; 1 Thessalonians 5:2,3
Reciprocal: Job 40:12 - in

Verse 21

Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.
regard
Psalms 66:18; Ezekiel 14:4; Matthew 5:29,30
this
34:7-9; 35:3; Daniel 3:16-18; 6:10; Matthew 13:21; 16:24; Acts 5:40,41; Hebrews 11:25; 1 Peter 3:17; 4:15,16

Verse 22

Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?
God
1 Samuel 2:7,8; Psalms 75:7; Isaiah 14:5; Jeremiah 27:5-8; Daniel 4:25,32; 5:18; Luke 1:52; Romans 13:1
who
Psalms 94:10,12; Isaiah 48:17; 54:13; Jeremiah 31:38; John 6:45
Reciprocal: Job 33:12 - thou;  Psalm 25:5 - teach;  Psalm 119:135 - and teach;  Isaiah 40:13 - hath directed;  Romans 11:34 - General1 Peter 5:6 - that

Verse 23

Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?
Who hath
34:13-33; Isaiah 40:13,14; Romans 11:34; 1 Corinthians 2:16; Ephesians 1:11
Thou
8:3; 34:10; 40:8; Romans 2:5; 3:5; 9:14
Reciprocal: Job 33:12 - thou;  Luke 4:27 - Naaman;  Romans 9:20 - who art

Verse 24

Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.
magnify
12:13-25; 26:5-14; Psalms 28:5; 34:3; 72:18; 86:8-10; 92:4,5; 104:24; Psalms 107:8,15; 111:2-4,8; 145:10-12; Jeremiah 10:12; Daniel 4:3,37; Luke 1:46
which
Deuteronomy 4:19; Psalms 19:1-4
Reciprocal: Job 37:7 - that;  Job 37:14 - consider;  Psalm 8:3 - When;  Ecclesiastes 11:5 - even

Verse 26

Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.
God
37:5; Psalms 145:3
we
11:7-9; 26:14; 37:23; 1 Kings 8:27
neither
Psalms 90:2; 102:24-27; Hebrews 1:12; 2 Peter 3:8
Reciprocal: Job 28:26 - he made;  Job 35:5 - Look;  Psalm 102:27 - years;  Jeremiah 51:16 - there is;  Daniel 2:45 - the great

Verse 27

For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:
he
5:9; 38:25-28,34; Genesis 2:5,6; Psalms 65:9-13; Isaiah 5:6; Jeremiah 14:22
the vapour
33; Psalms 148:8
Reciprocal: Genesis 7:4 - For;  Job 37:4 - he will;  Job 37:6 - likewise to the small;  Job 37:11 - he wearieth;  Psalm 147:8 - covereth;  Proverbs 3:20 - the clouds;  Jeremiah 5:24 - that giveth;  Jeremiah 10:13 - He causeth;  Zechariah 10:1 - bright clouds

Verse 28

Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly.
37:11-13; Genesis 7:11,12; Proverbs 3:20
Reciprocal: Job 38:25 - GeneralJeremiah 5:24 - that giveth

Verse 29

Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?
the spreadings
37:16; 38:9,37; 1 Kings 18:44,45; Psalms 104:3
the noise
37:2-5; Psalms 18:13; 29:3-10; 77:16-19; 104:7; Nahum 1:3; Habakkuk 3:10
Reciprocal: Job 26:8 - bindeth up;  Job 35:5 - the clouds;  Job 36:33 - noise

Verse 30

Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea.
he
38:25,34,35; Luke 17:24
and
38:8-11; Genesis 1:9; Exodus 14:22,28; 15:4,5; Psalms 18:11-16; 104:5-9
bottom
Heb. roots.
Reciprocal: Genesis 1:3 - Let;  Job 37:11 - he scattereth;  Job 37:15 - the light

Verse 31

For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.
37:13; 38:22,23; Genesis 6:17; 7:17-24; 19:24; Exodus 9:23-25; Deuteronomy 8:2,15; Joshua 10:11; 1 Samuel 2:10; 7:10; 12:18
he giveth
38:26,27; Psalms 65:9-13; 104:13-15,27,28; 136:25; Acts 14:17
Reciprocal: Genesis 1:29 - to you

Verse 32

With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt.
26:9; Exodus 10:21-23; Psalms 18:11; 135:7; 147:8,9; 148:8; Acts 27:20
Reciprocal: Job 28:26 - he made;  Job 37:11 - he scattereth;  Job 37:21 - General

Verse 33

The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapour.
noise
29; 37:2; 2 Samuel 22:14; 1 Kings 18:41-45
the cattle
Jeremiah 14:4-6; Joel 1:18; 2:22
the vapour
Heb. that which goeth up.
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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 36". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/job-36.html.