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Job 22:18

"Yet He filled their houses with good things; But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Blessing;   Sin;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Eliphaz;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Greatness of God;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Job, the Book of;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

But the counsel of the wicked is far from me - Sarcastically quoting Job's words, Job 21:14, Job 21:16. Job, having in the preceding chapter described the wicked, who said unto the Almighty, "Depart from us," etc., adds, But the counsel of the wicked is far from me. Eliphaz here, having described the impious, among whom he evidently ranks Job, makes use of the same expression, as if he had said, "Thank God, I have no connection with you nor your companions, nor is my mind contaminated by your creed."

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Yet he filled their houses with good things - This is undoubtedly a biting sarcasm. Job had maintained that such people were prosperous. “Yes,” says Eliphaz, “their houses were well filled! They were signally blessed and prospered!”

But the counsel of the wicked is far from me - This is the very language of Job, Job 21:16. It is used here sarcastically. “Far from me,” you say, “be the counsel of the wicked. Thus you defend them, and attempt to show that they are the favorites of heaven! You attempt to prove that God must and will bless them! Far from me, say I, be the counsel of the wicked! With them I have no part, no lot. I will not defend them … I will not be their advocate!” The object is, to show that, notwithstanding all that Job had said, he was secretly the advocate of the wicked, and stood up as their friend.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 22:18". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-22.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Yet he filled their houses with good things,.... With temporal good things, with this world's good, with plenty of providential goodness; earthly enjoyments are good things in themselves, and in their effects, when rightly used, and these wicked men have their share of; this is their portion, they have their good things in this life, and a large abundance of them oftentimes; their hearts are filled with food, and should be with gladness and thankfulness; their bellies are filled with hidden treasures; their barns with corn and wheat, and such like fruits of the earth; their shops with all manner of goods; their dwelling houses with gold and silver, with rich furniture, and all precious substance; and all this is from God, every good gift comes from him; the earth is full of his goodness; though these men say, "what can the Almighty do for them?" Job 22:17; this shows, that what they have they are not deserving of; and what is bestowed upon them is not from any merit in them, but according to the sovereign will and pleasure of God; find this is an aggravation of their wickedness, that notwithstanding he has loaded them with his benefits, and indulged them with such a plenty of good things, yet they spurn at him, rebel against him, and bid him depart from them; which conduct of theirs Eliphaz expresses his abhorrence of:

but the counsel of the wicked is far from me; such impious reasonings, and wicked practices, he was far from justifying; he had them in the utmost detestation, and could not but abhor such vile ingratitude; he makes use of Job's words, Job 21:16; which he thought he could do to better purpose, and with greater sincerity.

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Geneva Study Bible

Yet he m filled their houses with good [things]: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

(m) He answers to that which Job had said, (Job 21:7) that the wicked have prosperity in this world; desiring that he might not be a partaker of the like.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Job 22:18". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/job-22.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

“Yet” you say (see on Job 21:16) that it is “He who filled their houses with good” - “their good is not in their hand,” but comes from God.

but the counsel  …  is — rather, “may the counsel be,” etc. Eliphaz sarcastically quotes in continuation Job‘s words (Job 21:16). Yet, after uttering this godless sentiment, thou dost hypocritically add, “May the counsel,” etc.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 22:18". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-22.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Yet — Yet it is true, that for a time God did prosper them, but at last, cut them off in a tremendous manner, But - He repeals Job's words, chap21:16, not without reflection: thou didst say so, but against thy own principle, that God carries himself indifferently towards good and bad; but I who have observed God's terrible judgments upon wicked men, have much more reason to abhor their counsels.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Job 22:18". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/job-22.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 22:18 Yet he filled their houses with good [things]: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Ver. 18. Yet he filled their houses with good things] Heb. With good; that is, with all precious and pleasant riches, whereof he gave them both plenty and propriety, but no otherwise than as Joseph caused his cup to be conveyed into Benjamin’s sack, the better to furnish out an indictment against him. And as Benjamin’s pretended theft was held more heinous, by how much his welcome was the greater, for he had a five fold portion; so shall it one day fare with such rich wretches, as whose bellies God filleth with his hidden treasure, and whose houses he filleth top-full with good things.

- Eutrapelus cuicunque nocere volebat.

Vestimenta dabat pretiosa - (Horat.)

Well might Eliphaz add, all things reckoned.

But (or yet) the counsel of the wicked is (or be) far from me] See these words expounded Job 20:16, where Job hath the very same. Sed ea vult illi eripere Eliphaz, saith a learned interpreter. But Eliphaz will needs take them away from him, and it is as if be should say, Thou, O Job, seemest by thy words and with thy mouth to detest the counsel of the wicked; but thy doings declare the contrary, while thou so many ways celebrate the prosperity of the ungodly. To me, therefore, and to all righteous men, who do heartily hate the wicked, and do seriously set forth God’s just judgments against them, doth this speech better agree and more truly appertain, &c. And as for these righteous men, let me tell thee further,

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 22:18". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-22.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Yet it is true that for a time God did prosper them, as he did thee; which also was the aggravation of their sin, and that which hastened their ruin: but at last, and in due time, God cut them off in a tremendous and exemplary manner; as he will also do thee, if thou dost not repent.

But the counsel of the wicked is far from me; he repeats Job’s words, Job 21:16, not without reflection and some kind of derision. Thou didst say so, but without sufficient reason, and against thy own principle, that God carries himself indifferently towards good and bad; but I, who have observed God’s terrible judgments upon wicked men, have much more reason to abhor their counsels which had so sad an issue.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 22:18". 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

18.Good things — Job had said their good is not in their hand, Job 21:16. Eliphaz goes further, and admits that God “filled the houses” of the antediluvians with like “good,” but only that their destruction might be the more complete. In irony he retorts upon Job still further his own words, But far from me be the counsel of the wicked.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 22:18". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/job-22.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Job 22:18. Yet he filled their houses with good things — Yet it is true, that for a time God did prosper them, but, at last, cut them off in a tremendous manner. But the counsel of the wicked, &c. — He repeats Job’s words, (Job 21:16,) not without reflection: thou didst say so, but against thy own principle, that God carries himself indifferently toward good and bad; but I, who have observed God’s terrible judgments upon wicked men, have much more reason to abhor their counsels.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Job 22:18". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/job-22.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

From me. He thus insinuates that Job entertained such sentiments, though he seemed to condemn them, chap. xxi. 16. (Calmet) --- Septuagint, "is far from him," God.

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Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible

Eliphaz argues that the prosperity of the wicked, that God caused, was only a prelude to disaster, like fattening up animals before the slaughter. 22:18 "But the counsel of the wicked is far from me": This is actually something that Job himself had said (21:16). "Eliphaz wanted it known that he was rejecting the ideas of the wicked, but that he was doing so by agreeing with wicked Job!" (Bible Knowledge Comm. p. 746).

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

wicked = lawless. Hebrew. rasha". App-44.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

"Yet" you say (Job 21:16, see note) that it is "He who filled their houses with good" - "their" 'good is not in their hand,' but comes from God.

But the counsel ... is ... - rather, may the counsel be, etc. Eliphaz sarcastically quotes in continuation Job's words (Job 21:16). Yet, after uttering this godless sentiment, thou dost hypocritically add, "May the counsel," etc. Such a formula of aversion against the wicked becomes not you, a wicked man yourself, but me.

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(18) Yet he filled their houses.—The bitterness of his irony now reaches its climax in that he adopts the very formula of repudiation Job had himself used (Job 14:16).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 20:20 - Far be it;  Job 12:9 - the hand;  Luke 15:13 - and took;  Luke 16:25 - thy good

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