Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Job 15:24

"Distress and anguish terrify him, They overpower him like a king ready for the attack,
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Afflictions and Adversities;   Conscience;   Cowardice;   Wicked (People);   The Topic Concordance - Destruction;   Opposition;   Wickedness;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Afflictions of the Wicked, the;   Fear, Unholy;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Eliphaz;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Greatness of God;   Hypocrisy;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Job, the Book of;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Anguish;   Tribulation;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid - He shall be in continual fear of death; being now brought down by adversity, and stripped of all the goods which he had got by oppression, his life is a mark for the meanest assassin.

As a king ready to the battle - The acts of his wickedness and oppression are as numerous as the troops he commands; and when he comes to meet his enemy in the field, he is not only deserted but slain by his troops. How true are the words of the poet: -

Ad generum Cereris sine caede et vulnere pauci

Descendunt reges, et sicca morte tyranni.

Juv. Sat., ver. 112.

"For few usurpers to the shades descend

By a dry death, or with a quiet end."

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Job 15:24". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/job-15.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

As a king ready to the battle - Fully prepared for a battle; whom it would be vain to attempt to resist. So mighty would be the combined forces of trouble and anguish against him, that it would be vain to attempt to oppose them.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 15:24". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-15.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid,.... Either his present troubles shall frighten him, they being so very dismal, terrible, and distressing, and make him fear that others were coming on, more dreadful and formidable; or those troubles he fears will be his portion hereafter, these terrify him beyond measure, even that indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, that shall come upon every soul of man that doeth evil, Romans 2:8;

they shall prevail against him as a king ready to the battle; that is, trouble and anguish shall prevail against him; he will be no more able to resist them than a very inferior force, or even a single man, is able to resist a warlike king, attended with a numerous army, and these set in battle array; such a man's troubles will come upon him as an armed man, against which he cannot stand; the Targum is,

"they shall surround him as a king prepared for a footstool;'

who being taken by the enemy shall be used as a footstool to mount on horseback; and as the word has the signification of a globe or ball, see Isaiah 22:18; some think it has respect to the manner of kings, when taken captive, put into an iron cage, as Bajazet was by Tamerlane; or into an iron hoop, bound hand and foot, and hung up in chains; or, as Ben Gersom thinks, to the manner of drowning persons, who used to be tied hand and foot, as if rolled up in the form of a globe, and so cast into the water; but rather the reference is to an army, besieging a place all around in the form of a ball or globe, so that there is no escaping them; or rather it may be to a king drawing up his army in such a form, ready to engage in battle; or putting it in such a position when encamped or entrenched, waiting the motion of the enemy; see 1 Samuel 26:5; and such are the troubles that surround and prevail against a wicked man, see Isaiah 29:3; the reasons of the wicked man being brought into such a woeful condition follow.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 15:24". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-15.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Trouble and p anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.

(p) He shows the weapons God uses against the wicked, who lift up themselves against him, that is, terror of conscience and outward afflictions.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Job 15:24". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/job-15.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

prevail — break upon him suddenly and terribly, as a king, etc. (Proverbs 6:11).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 15:24". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-15.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 15:24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.

Ver. 24. Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid] Or scare him, not only out of his comforts, but out of his wits and senses too, as it did Charles the Great, Cardinal of Lorrain (Meutis inops moritur). See Deuteronomy 28:34. Tullus Hostilius, the third king of Romans, deriding the religion of his predecessor Numa, as that which did emasculate men’s minds, was afterwards so terrified, that he set up and worshipped two new gods, viz. Pavorem et Pallorem, trouble and anguish, which he had perpetually present with him, as Lactantius reporteth. What a pitiful agony Vitellius the emperor was in when Vespasian’s army marched toward Rome, is notably set forth by Dio in his Life ( Eμπλεκτως ανω και κατω εφερετο ωσπερ εν κλυδωνι). Not long after that, at the sack of Jerusalem, some Jews killed themselves, lest they should fall into the hands of Vespasian’s soldiers.

Hic rogo; non furor est, ne moriare, mori?

They shall prevail against him] Or, begirt him, as a king is surrounded, in peace by his guard, in war by his army. Or, they shall destroy him, as a king ready to the battle doth his enemies’ forces, which he routeth and ruineth. Fear hath a deadly force upon feeble spirits; neither is it any wonder that they ring their bells backward when things begin once to be on fire.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 15:24". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-15.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Job 15:24. As a king ready to the battle As the master-goat ruleth over the flock. Heath. Schultens reads the verse thus, Distress and perplexity shall terrify him; they shall overpower him, like a king: he is destined to the most troublous fortunes.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Job 15:24". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/job-15.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

i.e. When trouble comes, instead of trusting, and hoping, and comforting himself in God, as good men do in such cases, as 1 Samuel 30:6, he is full of torment and dread of the issue of it, and concludes it will end in his utter ruin, as he hath great reason to do.

Ready to the battle; or, prepared or furnished; or, disposed with his army round about him, as this word seems to signify.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 15:24". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/job-15.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

24.Trouble and anguish — These are personified as leaders of a formidable force of troubles. They loom forth, kings armed for the battle.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 15:24". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/job-15.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Job 15:24. Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid — When trouble comes, instead of trusting and hoping, and comforting himself in God, as good men do in such cases, 1 Samuel 30:6, he is full of torment, dreading the issue of it, and concluding it will end in his utter ruin, as he has great reason to do. They shall prevail against him — Though he would fain shake off his fears, and uses many expedients to free himself from them, he is not able; they overpower him, as a king ready to the battle — With forces too strong to be resisted. He that would keep his peace must keep a good conscience.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Job 15:24". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/job-15.html. 1857.

Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible

Job had said that God had terrified him (9:34; 13:21), now Eliphaz argues that it is actually a man"s own guilty conscience that terrifies him.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.

Prevail - break upon him suddenly and terribly, as a king, etc. (Proverbs 6:11).

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(24) As a king ready to the battle.—Or, They prevail against him like a king: he is destined to be like a ball (comp. Isaiah 22:18), the tennis-ball of calamity.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Job 15:24". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/job-15.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle.
anguish
6:2-4; Psalms 119:143; Proverbs 1:27; Isaiah 13:3; Matthew 26:37,38; Romans 2:9
as a king
Proverbs 6:11; 24:34
Reciprocal: Esther 6:13 - If Mordecai;  Job 18:12 - hungerbitten;  Isaiah 45:9 - unto him;  Jeremiah 36:29 - Thou hast

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 15:24". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-15.html.