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Job 15:25

Because he has stretched out his hand against God And conducts himself arrogantly against the Almighty.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Blasphemy;   Infidelity;   Presumption;   Wicked (People);   The Topic Concordance - Destruction;   Opposition;   Wickedness;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Presumption;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Eliphaz;   Pricks;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Greatness of God;   Hypocrisy;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Job, the Book of;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

He stretcheth out his hand against God - While in power he thought himself supreme. He not only did not acknowledge God, by whom kings reign, but stretched out his hand - used his power, not to protect, but to oppress those over whom he had supreme rule; and thus strengthened himself against the Almighty.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Job 15:25". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/job-15.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

For he stretcheth out his hand against God - The hand is stretched out for battle. It wields the spear or the sword against an enemy. The idea here is, that the wicked man makes God an adversary. He does not contend with his fellow-man, with fate, with the elements, with evil angels, but with God. His opponent is an Almighty Being, and he cannot prevail against him; compare the notes at Isaiah 27:4.

And strengtheneth himself - As an army does that throws up a rampart, or constructs a fortification. The whole image here is taken from the practice of war; and the sense is, that a wicked man is really making war on the Almighty, and that in that war he must be vanquished; compare Job 9:4.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 15:25". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-15.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

For he stretched out his hand against God,.... Being an hater of him, an enemy to him, yea, enmity itself against him; an enemy in his mind, which appears by his wicked works, which are so many acts of hostility against God; all sins are against God, his nature, his will, his law, and all his remonstrances, exhortations, cautions, and instructions; but some are more daring and impudent than others, or are committed in a more open, bold, and audacious manner, as were those committed by the inhabitants of Sodom, and those who are similar to them; especially such as strike at the being of God and his perfections, his providence and government of the world; and such as deny these may most truly be said to stretch out their hands against God, and strike at him: and this may regard not only sins committed against the light of nature and the law of God, but against the evangelic revelation, the doctrines of the Gospel, and the ordinances of it; for such who deny the one, and reject the other, openly oppose themselves to God, and expose themselves to his wrath and vengeance; for of how much sorer punishment shall such be thought worthy, who trample Christ and his blood under foot, despise and disobey his Gospel:

and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty; by hardening his heart against him as Pharaoh did; by putting on a bold and brazen countenance, by setting his mouth against God in heaven, and suffering, his tongue to walk through the earth, fearing neither God nor man; by entering into a friendship with the world, and making alliances with the enemies of God, even by making a covenant with death, and an agreement with hell; all which is egregious folly and madness: for a sinful man to oppose himself to God is to set briers and thorns to a consuming fire; for a weak feeble creature to set himself against the Almighty, who can crush him in a moment, and send him down to hell, is the height of folly; let the potsherds strive with the potsherds of the earth, but not man with his Maker; who ever strengthened or hardened himself against him, and prospered?

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

hand — wielding the spear, as a bold rebel against God (Job 9:4; Isaiah 27:4).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 15:25". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-15.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty.

For — Now he gives the reason of all the fore-mentioned calamities, which was his great wickedness.

Against God — He sinned against God with an high hand.

The Almighty — Which aggravates the madness of this poor worm that durst fight against the omnipotent God.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 15:25 For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty.

Ver. 25. For he stretcheth out his hand against God] Worthy therefore to have a dead palsy transfused into it, or dried up, as Jeroboam’s was, when but stretched out against a prophet; and as Valens the emperor’s hand was made unable to hold a pen, when he would have subscribed a warrant for the banishing of Basil. Such a giant-like generation there are to this day among men, as face the heavens, cast down the gauntlet against God, Erecto collo valido impetu, arrogantia incurva cervice, saith Brentius upon the text, with stiff necks, full force, and insufferable insolence, as it were on purpose to cross the Almighty, and to wrestle a fall with him; they sin with a high hand, Leviticus 26:21, Numbers 15:30, and do as wickedly as they can, Jeremiah 3:5, yea, with both hands earnestly, Micah 7:3; persecuting his people who are unto him as the apple of his eye, and resisting the Holy Ghost always, Acts 7:51. Surely he would even destroy God if he could, for he hateth him, Romans 1:30, with a hellish hatred, as the word θεοστυγεις there signifieth, such as striketh at God’s very essence, Psalms 18:40; confer 1 John 3:15.

And strengtheneth himself against the Almighty] Sed vanae sine viribus irae. To his sinews of iron he hath added brows of brass, Isaiah 48:4. To his natural crossness habitual hardness and hardiness; so that now, like a stout warrior, he bends all his strength against the Almighty, but with no better success than to be broken in pieces, Isaiah 8:9, with his iron mace, Psalms 2:9, Sennacherib for instance. {See Trapp on "Job 9:4"}

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 15:25". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-15.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Now he gives the reason of all the forementioned calamities which befell him, which was his great wickedness in the time of his peace and prosperity.

He stretcheth out his hand against God, i.e. he commonly and customarily sinned against God with a high and out-stretched hand, i.e. boldly and presumptuously, as one that neither desired his favour, nor feared his anger.

Strengtheneth himself, i.e. he putteth his forces in array, as if he would fight with him.

Against the Almighty; which aggravates the madness of this poor contemptible worm that durst fight against the omnipotent God.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

Second strophe — Titans in impiety, they not only rushed madly against God, but fattened themselves upon the ruin of the innocent. If their punishment be aggravated it springs from aggravated sin, Job 15:25-30.

25.Strengtheneth himself Boasteth himself. The first reason given for his wretched doom is his stiff-necked hostility to God. (Job 15:25-26.) “When all vices flee from God, pride alone opposes itself to him.” — Boetius.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 15:25". "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 15:25. For he stretcheth out his hand against God — He sinned against him with a high and outstretched hand; that is, boldly and presumptuously, as one that neither desired his favour, nor feared his anger. Thus he gives the reason of the fore-mentioned calamities that befell him, which was his great wickedness in the time of his peace and prosperity. And strengthened himself against the Almighty — Putteth his forces in array, as if he would fight with him who is almighty, and therefore irresistible. This aggravates the madness of this weak and contemptible worm, that he should dare to fight against the omnipotent God!

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Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible

Here is what happens to the man who conducts himself arrogantly against God, these are the agonizing tortures and pain that he will experience. Eliphaz is basically trying to scare Job into repentance. "The outstretched hand is a gesture of defiance (shakes his fist)" (Zuck p. 73).

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

THE ALMIGHTY. Hebrew El Shaddai. App-4.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty.

Stretcheth ... hand - wielding the spear as a bold rebel against God (Job 9:4; Isaiah 27:4).

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(25) For he stretcheth out his hand.—It is instructive to note the difference in time indicated here. “Because he hath stretched out his hand against God. and behaveth himself proudly against the Almighty. He runneth upon Him with haughty neck, with the thick bosses of his bucklers; “fully protected as he supposes against the vengeance of the Most High. (Comp. Psalms 10:6; Psalms 10:11, &c.) The English version, with less probability, represents the armour as being God’s; on the contrary, it is the wicked man’s prosperity which hath thus blinded and hardened him. (See Deuteronomy 32:15; Psalms 17:10.)

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty.
he stretcheth
Leviticus 26:23; Psalms 73:9,11; Isaiah 27:4; Daniel 5:23; Malachi 3:13; Acts 9:5; 12:1,23
strengtheneth
9:4; 40:9-11; Exodus 5:2,3; 9:17; 1 Samuel 4:7-9; 6:6; Psalms 52:7; Isaiah 8:9,10; Isaiah 10:12-14; 41:4-7
Reciprocal: Joshua 8:18 - Stretch;  Judges 20:14 - General1 Samuel 24:20 - I know well;  2 Kings 1:13 - he sent again;  2 Kings 18:35 - that the Lord;  2 Chronicles 13:12 - fight ye;  2 Chronicles 32:16 - yet;  2 Chronicles 32:19 - spake;  Job 15:13 - turnest;  Job 33:13 - strive;  Isaiah 28:15 - We have;  Isaiah 36:20 - that the Lord;  Isaiah 37:29 - rage;  Jeremiah 44:16 - we;  Ezekiel 7:13 - neither;  Daniel 5:20 - when;  John 12:10 - GeneralActs 5:39 - to fight

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