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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Job 29

 

 

Introduction
1Job bemoans his former prosperity.

Verse 1
Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
continued
Heb. added to take up.
27:1

Verse 2
Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;
as in months
1:1-5; 7:3
God
1:10; Psalms 37:28; Jude 1:1

Verse 3
When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;
candle
or, lamp.
18:6; 21:17; Psalms 18:28; Proverbs 13:9; 20:20; 24:20
by his light
22:28; Psalms 4:6; 23:4; 27:1; 84:11; Isaiah 2:4; John 8:12; 12:46; Ephesians 5:8,14

Verse 4
As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;
the secret
1:10; 15:8; Psalms 25:14; 27:5; 91:1; Proverbs 3:32; Colossians 3:3

Verse 5
When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me;
the Almighty
23:3,8-10; Deuteronomy 33:27-29; Joshua 1:9; Judges 6:12,13; Psalms 30:7; 43:2; 44:8,9; Song of Solomon 2:4; 3:1,2; Jeremiah 14:8; Matthew 9:15
my children
1:2-5; 42:13-16; Psalms 127:3-5; 128:3; Proverbs 17:6

Verse 6
When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;
I washed
20:17; Genesis 49:11; Deuteronomy 32:13; 33:24; Psalms 81:16
me out
Heb. with me.

Verse 7
When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!
Deuteronomy 16:18; 21:19; Ruth 4:1,2,11; Zechariah 8:16

Verse 8
The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up.
young men
Leviticus 19:32; Proverbs 16:31; 20:8; Romans 13:3,4; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 5:5
the aged
Romans 13:7; 1 Peter 2:17

Verse 9
The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.
refrained
4:2; 7:11; Proverbs 10:19; James 1:19
laid
21:5; 40:4; Judges 18:19; Proverbs 30:32

Verse 10
The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.
nobles held their peace
Heb. voice of the nobles was hid. their tongue.
Psalms 137:6; Ezekiel 3:26

Verse 11
When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:
the ear
31:20; Proverbs 29:2; Luke 4:22; 11:27

Verse 12
Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.
I delivered
22:5-9; Nehemiah 5:2-13; Psalms 72:12; 82:2-4; Proverbs 21:13; 24:11,12; Jeremiah 22:16
the fatherless
Exodus 22:22-24; Deuteronomy 10:18; Psalms 68:5; James 1:27

Verse 13
The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
The blessing
Deuteronomy 24:13; Acts 9:39-41; 2 Corinthians 9:12-14; 2 Timothy 1:16-18
ready
31:19; Deuteronomy 26:5; Proverbs 31:6-9; Isaiah 27:13
I caused
Deuteronomy 16:11; Nehemiah 8:10-12; Philemon 1:7
sing
Psalms 67:4; Isaiah 65:14

Verse 14
I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.
I put
Deuteronomy 24:13; Psalms 132:9; Isaiah 59:17; 61:10; Romans 13:14; 2 Corinthians 6:7; Ephesians 6:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:8; Revelation 19:8
a diadem
Isaiah 28:5; 62:3

Verse 15
I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.
eyes
Numbers 10:31; Matthew 11:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

Verse 16
I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.
a father
31:18; Esther 2:7; Psalms 68:5; Ephesians 5:1; James 1:27
the cause
Exodus 18:26; Deuteronomy 13:14; 17:8-10; 1 Kings 3:16-28; Proverbs 25:2; 29:7

Verse 17
And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.
I brake
Psalms 3:7; 58:8; Proverbs 30:14
jaws
Heb. jaw teeth, or grinders. and plucked. Heb. and cast.
1 Samuel 17:35; Psalms 124:3,6

Verse 18
Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.
I shall die
Psalms 30:6,7; Jeremiah 22:23; 49:16; Obadiah 1:4; Habakkuk 2:9
multiply
5:26; 42:16,17; Psalms 91:16
as the sand
Genesis 32:12; 41:49

Verse 19
My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.
root
18:16; Psalms 1:3; Jeremiah 17:8; Hosea 14:5-7
spread out
Heb. opened.

Verse 20
My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.
glory
14; 19:9; Genesis 45:13; Psalms 3:3
fresh
Heb. new. my bow.
Genesis 49:24
renewed
Heb. changed.
Psalms 103:5; Isaiah 40:31; 2 Corinthians 4:16

Verse 21
Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.
gave ear
9,10; 32:11,12

Verse 22
After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them.
After my
32:15,16; 33:31-33; Isaiah 52:15; Matthew 22:46
speech
Deuteronomy 32:2; Song of Solomon 4:11; Ezekiel 20:46; Amos 7:16; Micah 2:6; *marg:

Verse 23
And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.
as for the rain
Psalms 72:6
the latter rain
Hosea 6:3; Zechariah 10:1

Verse 24
If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.
they believed
Genesis 45:26; Psalms 126:1; Luke 24:41
the light
Psalms 4:6; 89:15

Verse 25
I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.
chose out
Genesis 41:40; Judges 11:8; 2 Samuel 5:2; 1 Chronicles 13:1-4
dwelt
Genesis 14:14-17; Deuteronomy 33:5
one that
4:3,4; Isaiah 35:3,4; 61:1-3; 2 Corinthians 1:3,4; 7:5-7; 1 Thessalonians 3:2,3

 


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Bibliography Information
Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 29:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-29.html.

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