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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Job 22

 

 


Introduction
1Eliphaz shews that man's goodness profits not God.
5He accuses Job of divers sins.
21He exhorts him to repentance, with promises of mercy.

Verse 2
Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?
a man
35:6-8; Psalms 16:2; Luke 17:10
as he that, etc
or, if he may be profitable, doth his good success depend thereon?
21:15; Deuteronomy 10:13; Proverbs 3:13-18; 4:7-9; 9:12; Ecclesiastes 7:11,12; Matthew 5:29; Galatians 6:7,8

Verse 3
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?
any pleasure
1 Chronicles 29:17; Psalms 147:10,11; Proverbs 11:1,20; 12:22; 15:8; Malachi 2:17; Philippians 4:18
thou makest
23:10-12; Psalms 39:1; 119:3-6,59; Acts 24:16; 2 Corinthians 7:1

Verse 4
Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?
reprove
Psalms 39:11; 76:6; 80:16; Revelation 3:19
for fear
7:12
will he enter
9:19,32; 14:3; 16:21; 23:6,7; 34:23; Psalms 130:3,4; 143:2; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Isaiah 3:14,15

Verse 5
Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite?
not thy
4:7-11; 11:14; 15:5,6,31-34; 21:27; 32:3
thine
Psalms 19:12; 40:12

Verse 6
For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
For thou
24:3,9; Exodus 22:26; Deuteronomy 24:10-18; Ezekiel 18:7,12,16; Amos 2:8
stripped, etc
Heb. stripped the clothes of the naked.
24:10; 31:19,20

Verse 7
Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
not given
31:17; Deuteronomy 15:7-11; Psalms 112:9; Proverbs 11:24,25; 19:17; Isaiah 58:7,10; Ezekiel 18:7,16; Matthew 25:42; Romans 12:20

Verse 8
But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it.
But as
29:7-17; 31:34; 1 Kings 21:11-15; Psalms 12:8; Micah 7:3
mighty man
Heb. man of arm. honourable. Heb. eminent, or, accepted for countenance.
13:8

Verse 9
Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
widows
24:3,21; 29:12,13; 31:16-18,21; Exodus 22:21-24; Deuteronomy 27:19; Psalms 94:6; Isaiah 1:17,23; 10:2; Ezekiel 22:7; Malachi 3:5; Luke 18:3-5
arms
Psalms 10:15; 37:17; Ezekiel 30:22

Verse 10
Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;
snares
18:8-10; 19:6; Psalms 11:6
sudden
6:4; 13:21; Proverbs 1:27; 3:25,26; 1 Thessalonians 5:3

Verse 11
Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee.
darkness
18:6,18; 19:8; Proverbs 4:19; Isaiah 8:22; Lamentations 3:2; Joel 2:2,3; Matthew 8:12
abundance
Psalms 42:7; 69:1,2; 124:4; Lamentations 3:54; Jonah 2:3

Verse 12
Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!
not God
Psalms 115:3,16; Ecclesiastes 5:2; Isaiah 57:15; 66:1
height
Heb. head. the stars.
Psalms 8:3,4

Verse 13
And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?
How
or, What. doth God know.
Psalms 10:11; 59:7; 73:11; 94:7-9; Ezekiel 8:12; 9:9; Zephaniah 1:12

Verse 14
Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.
34:22; Psalms 33:14; 97:2; 139:1,2,11,12; Jeremiah 23:24; Luke 12:2,3

Verse 15
Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?
the old way
Genesis 6:5,11-13; Luke 17:26,27

Verse 16
Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood:
cut down
15:32; Psalms 55:23; 102:24; Ecclesiastes 7:17
whose foundation was overflown with a flood
Heb. a flood was poured upon their foundation.
Genesis 7:11,17-24; Matthew 24:37-39; 1 Peter 3:19,20; 2 Peter 2:5

Verse 17
Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them?
Depart
21:10,14,15; Isaiah 30:11; Matthew 8:29,34; Romans 1:28
and what
Psalms 4:6; Malachi 3:14
for them
or, to them.

Verse 18
Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
he filled
12:6; 1 Samuel 2:7; Psalms 17:14; Jeremiah 12:2; Acts 14:17; 15:16
the counsel
21:16; Psalms 1:1

Verse 19
The righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to scorn.
righteous
Psalms 48:11; 58:10; 97:8; 107:42; Proverbs 11:10; Revelation 18:20; 19:1-3
innocent
9:23; Psalms 52:6

Verse 20
Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth.
our substance
or, our estate.
4:7; 8:3,4; 15:5,6; 20:18,19; 21:27,28; Luke 13:1-5
the remnant
or, their excellency. the fire.
1:16; 20:26; Genesis 19:24; Luke 17:29,30; 2 Peter 2:6,7

Verse 21
Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.
Acquaint
1 Chronicles 28:9; John 17:3; 2 Corinthians 4:6
him
that is, God. be at peace.
Isaiah 27:5; 57:19-21; Matthew 5:25; Acts 10:36; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Philippians 4:7; Ephesians 2:14-17

Verse 22
Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.
receive
Deuteronomy 4:1,2; Proverbs 2:1-9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1,2
lay up
23:12; Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Psalms 119:11; Proverbs 4:4,21; Jeremiah 15:16; Matthew 12:35; 13:52; Luke 2:19,51

Verse 23
If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.
return
8:5,6; 11:13,14; Isaiah 55:6,7; Hosea 14:1,2; Zechariah 1:3; Acts 26:20
built up
12:14; Jeremiah 31:4; Colossians 2:7; Jude 1:20
thou shalt
11:14; 18:15; Joshua 7:13-16; Isaiah 33:15; Zechariah 5:3,4
put
2 Timothy 2:19

Verse 24
Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.
lay up
1 Kings 10:21; 2 Chronicles 1:5; 9:10,27
as dust
or, on the dust. Ophir.
Genesis 10:29; 1 Kings 9:28; 22:48; Psalms 45:9; Isaiah 13:12

Verse 25
Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.
the Almighty
Genesis 15:1; Psalms 18:2; 84:11; Isaiah 41:10; Romans 8:31
defence
or, gold.
Psalms 16:5,6; Isaiah 33:6; 2 Corinthians 6:10; James 2:5
plenty of silver
Heb. silver of strength.

Verse 26
For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.
shalt thou
27:10; 34:9; Psalms 37:4; Song of Solomon 2:3; Isaiah 58:14; Romans 7:22
lift up
11:15; Psalms 25:1; 86:4; 143:8; 1 John 3:20,21

Verse 27
Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.
make thy
Psalms 50:14,15; 66:17,18-20; 91:15; 116:1; Isaiah 58:9; 1 John 5:14,15
pay thy
Psalms 56:12; 66:13,14; 116:14; Ecclesiastes 5:4; Jonah 2:9

Verse 28
Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
decree
Psalms 20:4; 90:17; Lamentations 3:37; Matthew 21:22; James 4:15
the light
29:3; Psalms 97:11; 112:4; Proverbs 4:18; Isaiah 30:21; Malachi 4:2; John 8:12

Verse 29
When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.
men
5:19-27; Psalms 9:2,3; 91:14-16; 92:9-11
he shall
Proverbs 29:23; Isaiah 57:15; Luke 14:11; 18:9-14; James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5
the humble person
Heb. him that hath low eyes.
Psalms 138:6; Isaiah 66:2; Ezekiel 21:26,27; Luke 1:52

Verse 30
He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.
He shall deliver the island of the innocent
or, The innocent shall deliver the island.
42:8; Genesis 18:26-32; Isaiah 58:12; Jeremiah 5:1; Acts 27:24
pureness
Isaiah 1:15; Malachi 1:9; Matthew 17:19,20; Acts 19:15,16; 1 Timothy 2:8; James 5:15,16

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 22:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-22.html.

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
the Week of Proper 25 / Ordinary 30
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