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Job 22:15

"Will you keep to the ancient path Which wicked men have trod,
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Antediluvians;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Deluge, the;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Eliphaz;   Job;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Greatness of God;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Job;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Job, the Book of;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Eliphaz (2);   Mark;   Way;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Flood, the;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Hast thou marked the old way - This is supposed to be another accusation; as i! he had said, "Thou hollowest the same way that the wicked of old have walked in." Here is an evident allusion to the Flood, as is particularly noted in the next verse.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Job 22:15". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/job-22.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden? - Hast thou seen what has happened in former times to wicked people? Job had maintained that God did not deal with people in this world according to their character. To meet this, Eliphaz now appeals to ancient facts, and especially refers to the deluge, when the wicked were cut off by a flood for their sins. Schultens, Dr. Good, Noyes, and Reiske, however, suppose that tbe word here rendered “mark,” means to “pursue,” or “imitate,” and that the sense is,” Are you willing to adopt the principles of those wicked people who lived in the time of the deluge?” But the sense is not materially affected. The general design is to refer Job to the case of the impious generation that was swept off by a flood. The judgments of God on them were a full refutation, in his view, of the sentiments of Job.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 22:15". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-22.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden? The evil way that wicked men have walked in ever since man apostatized from God, the way of Cain and his descendants, who were of the wicked one, and lived wicked lives and conversations; "the way of the old world", as Mr. Broughton renders the phrase here, the imagination of the thoughts of whose hearts was evil, and that continually; who filled the earth with rapine and violence, and all flesh corrupted their way with all manner of impurity and wickedness, and indulged themselves in the gratification of their sensual lusts and pleasures; and were, as the Apostle Peter calls them, "the world of the ungodly"; and here, "men of wickedness", or "iniquity"F25מתי און "viri iniquitatis", Montanus, Mercerus; so Drusius, Michaelis. ; such who gave themselves up to it, and were immersed in it; these trod the paths of sin, and made it a beaten road; they frequented this way, they walked continually in it; their life was a series and course of iniquity, in which they obstinately persisted, and proceeded from evil to evil, to more and more ungodliness. Now Job is asked if he had "marked" this their way and course of life; the evil of their way should have been marked, in order to avoid it; it being an old way should not recommend it; and the end of it, which was sudden ruin and destruction, should be marked to deter from it: but it is suggested that Job kept in this way, and observed it himself, and walked in it; for the words may be rendered, "truly thou keepest the old way", or "the way of the world"F26הארח עולם תשמור "profecto viam seculi servas", Schultens. ; trod in the steps of wicked men, was a close follower of them, and companied with them; like manner is Job charged by Elihu, Job 34:7; and this sense agrees with what goes before.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 22:15". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-22.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Hast thou marked the old way k which wicked men have trodden?

(k) How God has punished them from the beginning?
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Job 22:15". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/job-22.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

marked — Rather, Dost thou keep to? that is, wish to follow (so Hebrew, 2 Samuel 22:22). If so, beware of sharing their end.

the old way — the degenerate ways of the world before the flood (Genesis 6:5).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 22:15". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-22.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?

Old way — Heb. the way of antiquity, of men living in ancient times, their end or success.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 22:15 Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?

Ver. 15. Hast thou, marked the old way] Heb. The way of old. Broughton rendereth it, the way of the old world; of those ungodly ones before the flood. Hereby it appeareth, say our learned annotators, that Job lived before the deliverance out of Egypt, because he mentioneth the creation and the flood, but not the deliverance; which, had he known, it would have afforded him an excellent argument to prove that godly men might be in great affliction, as the Israelites were in Egypt; and his friends a plausible argument that God useth to destroy wicked men for their sin, as he did the Egyptians in the Red Sea.

Which wicked men have trodden?] Heb. Mortals of iniquity or vanity. Viri nequam et nequaquam, vel nihili, Men of wickedness with a witness. The face of the old world was grown so foul, that God was fain to wash it with a flood. All was out of order in family, State, and Church. In the family was found luxury and unlawful marriages. In the State tyranny, violence, rapacity, and injustice. In the Church contempt of God’s word, and a fond opinion that God did not order all by his providence, but that a man might do well enough without him. Now that this was the opinion of those antediluvian Belialists, some have gathered from this text, which they read thus, Wilt thou follow the old way; that is, the tenet of those old sinners against their own souls, whom God, for their damnable security and licentiousness (the products of such a portentous opinion), buried all together in one universal grave of waters?

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 22:15". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-22.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Heb. the way of antiquity, i.e. of men living in ancient times, or former ages. By this way is here meant, either,

1. Their course or common practice; or,

2. Their end or success; as the

way is taken, 1 Samuel 9:6,8; and as death, which is, and is called, the end of all men, Ecclesiastes 7:2, is also called the way of all the earth, Joshua 23:14 1 Kings 2:2.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 22:15". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/job-22.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

15.Hast thou marked Wilt thou keep.

The old way — Hebrew, . He probably means the way of the antediluvians. A man’s faith, or voidness of faith, is a finger-pointer to the life he leads. The tenor of the argument is, that those who hold godless opinions must lead godless lives.

NOTE. — The asterisk in the Hebrew Bible indicates that the middle of the book is now reached, the book consisting of 1,070 verses.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 22:15". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/job-22.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Wicked. Alexandrian Septuagint, "just." But Grabe substitutes unjust; (Haydock) as otherwise, Eliphaz would argue against his own principles: unless just be put ironically for hypocrites. (Calmet) --- Wilt thou imitate the ancient giants, before the deluge? (Calmet)

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Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible

Some believe that this is a reference to the flood during Noah"s time. "The foundations of their existence collapsed from beneath them, swept away as by a flood (Matthew 7:26). They were snatched away without warning" (Strauss p. 225).

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?

Marked - rather, Dost thou keep to? i:e., wish to follow (so Hebrew, 2 Samuel 22:22). If so, beware of sharing their end.

The old way - the degenerate ways of the world before the flood (Genesis 6:5, "The Wickedness of man was great in the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually").

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(15) Hast thou marked the old way . . .?—Rather, Dost thou keep the old way which the wicked men trod? Dost thou hold their tenets?

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?
the old way
Genesis 6:5,11-13; Luke 17:26,27
Reciprocal: Genesis 6:12 - for all;  Genesis 7:21 - GeneralGenesis 7:23 - every living substance;  Job 13:21 - Withdraw;  Job 15:29 - neither shall;  Proverbs 10:27 - the years;  Matthew 24:37 - General2 Peter 2:5 - spared

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 22:15". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-22.html.