Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Job 22:23

"If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored; If you remove unrighteousness far from your tent,
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Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Backsliders;   Penitent;   Prosperity;   Repentance;   Righteous;   Wicked (People);   Thompson Chain Reference - Evil;   Evil Put Away;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Prayer, Answers to;   Protection;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Eliphaz;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Build up;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Job, the Book of;   Justice;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Tabernacle;   Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Build;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Build;   Builder;   Eliphaz (2);   Job, Book of;  
Devotionals:
Faith's Checkbook - Devotion for February 7;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Thou shalt be built up - God will restore thee to thy wonted state of prosperity; and thou shalt again have a household, not only of servants, but of children also. So much may be Implied in the words, Thou shalt be Built Up. See my sermon on Job 22:21-23.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Job 22:23". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/job-22.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

If thou return to the Almighty - Assuming that he was an impenitent sinner, and wholly unreconciled to him.

Thou shalt be built up - A figure taken from building up a house, in contradistinction from pulling one down, and denoting that he would be prospered and happy.

Thou shalt put away iniquity - Rosenmuller, Good, Noyes, and Wemyss, suppose correctly, as it seems to me, that the word “if” is to be understood here to complete the sense - “if thou shalt put away iniquity.”

From thy tabernacle - From thy tent, or dwelling.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 22:23". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-22.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

If thou return to the Almighty,.... Which supposes a departure from him; and that is by sinning against him, which should be repented of, confessed, and pardoning grace and mercy be implored, by all those that have backslidden, and return to God; to which they are encouraged by his being the "Almighty", who has power to forgive sins, also to cause all grace to abound, and to save to the uttermost; he is not a God that is prayed and returned to, that cannot save, or whose hand is shortened, or his ear heavy; the word is "shaddai", which signifies "who is sufficient", all sufficient; whose grace is sufficient to restore and receive backsliders, pardon their sins, accept their persons, supply their wants, and preserve them safe to his kingdom and glory:

thou shalt be built up; restored to his former happiness, have all his breaches repaired and made up; his body, which was like a building out of repair and dropping down, become hale and healthful; his family, which was in a ruinous condition, being deprived of his children as well as substance, be increasing again through a like number of children; by which means families are built up, 4:16; and by having a large affluence of good things, abundantly greater than he had before; and also, in a spiritual sense, be edified and built up in his soul, through the light of God's countenance, the discoveries of his love, the comforts of his spirit, an application of precious promises, and divine truths, and a communication of grace, and the blessings of it:

thou shall put away iniquity far from thy tabernacle; not commit it himself, nor connive at it in others, nor suffer it in his family, suggesting as if he had so done in times past; or remove men of iniquity, wicked men, from his house, and not allow them to dwell there; though rather this seems to be spoken of by way of promise, and as an encouragement to return to the Almighty; upon which all evils and calamities, the effects of sin and iniquity, should be removed from his house, and the apartments of it, they were now full of.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 22:23". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-22.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt r be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.

(r) God will restore to you all your substance.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Job 22:23". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/job-22.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Built up — anew, as a restored house.

thou shalt put away — rather, “If thou put away” [Michaelis].

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 22:23". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-22.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.

If — The Hebrew phrase is emphatical, and implies a thorough turning from sin, to God, so as to love him, and cleave to him, and sincerely devote a man's self to his fear and service.

Built — God will repair thy ruins, and give thee more children, and bless thee with prosperity.

Thou shalt — It is either, 1. a spiritual promise, if thou dost sincerely repent, God will give the grace effectually to reform thyself and family: or, 2. a temporal promise, thou shalt put away iniquity, or the punishment of thy sins; as iniquity is very often used: far from thy tabernacles; from all thy dwellings, and tents, and possessions.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Job 22:23". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/job-22.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 22:23 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.

Ver. 23. If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up] By sin men run from God, by repentance they return to him. Break off thy sins by repentance, and put away iniquity far from thy tabernacle (for iniquity and repentance cannot cohabit, and he is no true penitentiary that reformeth not his family, that setteth not up God wherever he hath to do), so shalt thou be built up; that is, thou shalt be restored, and all thy losses in wealth and children shall be made up again; prorsus erigeris qui iam collapsus es; thou, who art now down on all fours, shalt be new set up, and made to stand in thy former strength. Only thou must return usque ad Omnipotentem, all out as far as to the Almighty, thou must not give the half turn only, as hypocrites do, but with thy whole heart; and as Joel 2:12. {See Trapp on "Joel 2:12"} Thus Eliphaz discourseth very well and handsomely of the business in hand; only he was out in this, that he looked upon Job as an impenitent person, and upon his family as ill ordered. As, also, in that he conceived that true repentance is ever rewarded with outward and inward prosperity; whereas a penitent person may continue under crosses, though God will surely save the humble, as he saith afterwards, Job 22:29, and repentance can turn crosses into comforts; and, like the philosopher’s stone, make golden afflictions, 1 Peter 1:7. As scarlet pulls out the teeth of a serpent, so this takes away the sting of a judgment. As wine draweth a nourishing virtue from the flesh of vipers, &c.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 22:23". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-22.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

To the Almighty; or, home to the Almighty; or, so as to reach to the Almighty, and be joined to him. The Hebrew phrase is extraordinary, and emphatical, and implies a thorough and effectual turning not only from sin, (which a hypocrite may do in great part, at least for a time, upon carnal motives, and without any respect or love to God,) but also unto God, so as to love him, and cleave to him, and sincerely devote a man’s self to his fear and service. And he expresseth it in this manner, because he thought Job to be a hypocrite, and therefore counselleth him to turn to God in another and better manner than he had done, to wit, with all his heart, and not feignedly.

Thou shalt be built up; God, who hath pulled thee down in thy estate, and honour, and children, will repair thy ruins, and give thee more children, which is oft called building; Genesis 16:2 Exodus 1:21 Ruth 4:11; and bless thee with prosperity and happiness, as building signifies, Jeremiah 42:10 31:4.

Thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles: this may be either,

1. A condition, upon which God makes the following promises, If (which particle may be repeated out of the former part of the verse) thou shalt put away, &c., i.e. if thou shalt effectually purge thyself and family from all sin, and keep thyself and them, as far as thou canst, from all appearances and occasions of sin, which is the duty of all, and the practice of true penitents; whereby he seems to reflect upon Job, as if he had been faulty and negligent in the government of himself or children, notwithstanding his sacrificing for them, Job 1. Or rather,

2. A promise, because the conditions required had been expressed together, Job 22:21,22, and in the beginning of this verse, after which he comes to the promises, and begins with this,

thou shalt be built up, and so proceeds to other promises; and therefore it seems not probable that he should return to the conditions again, and mix the conditions and promises together, which he hath so carefully separated in these verses. And so it is either,

1. A spiritual promise, If thou dost sincerely repent, God will give thee more grace effectually to reform thyself and family, according to that rule, To him that hath shall be given. Or,

2. A temporal promise,

Thou shalt put away iniquity, or injury, or perverseness, (i.e. either perverse and injurious men; or God’s judgments, or the punishments of thy sins; as iniquity is very oft used,)

far from thy tabernacles, i.e. from all thy dwellings, and tents, and possessions; no hand of violence shall come near them, no evil plague shall come upon thy own habitation, or upon the habitations of thy children, as lately it did for thine and their sins.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 22:23". 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

23.To the Almighty ; even to — close up to. “Job need not despair of coming, through penitence, again close up to his offended Creator.” — Bernard.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 22:23". "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 22:23. If thou return to the Almighty — The Hebrew phrase, תשׁוב עד שׁדי, tashub gnad shaddai, is emphatical, and implies a thorough turning from sin to God, so as to love him, and cleave to him, and sincerely devote a man’s self to his fear and service. Thou shalt be built up — God will repair thy ruins, and give thee more children, and bless thee with prosperity. Thou shalt put away iniquity, &c. — It is either, 1st, A spiritual promise; if thou dost sincerely repent, God will give thee grace effectually to reform thyself and family: or, 2d, A temporal promise, meaning, thou shalt put away the punishment of thy sins, as iniquity is very often used; far from thy tabernacles — From all thy dwellings, and tents, and possessions.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Job 22:23". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/job-22.html. 1857.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

return. Septuagint adds "and submit thyself".

tabernacles = tents. Some codices, with four early printed editions, Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate, read "tent"; others, with six early printed editions (and one in margin), read "tents" (plural)

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Job 22:23". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/job-22.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.

Built up - anew, as a restored house.

Thou shalt put away - rather, if thou put away (Michaelis).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 22:23". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/job-22.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(23) Thou shalt put away iniquity.—All this implies the imputation of apostasy and iniquity to Job.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.
return
8:5,6; 11:13,14; Isaiah 55:6,7; Hosea 14:1,2; Zechariah 1:3; Acts 26:20
built up
12:14; Jeremiah 31:4; Colossians 2:7; Jude 1:20
thou shalt
11:14; 18:15; Joshua 7:13-16; Isaiah 33:15; Zechariah 5:3,4
put
2 Timothy 2:19
Reciprocal: Exodus 23:7 - far from;  Exodus 38:21 - tabernacle of testimony;  Judges 6:25 - Take thy father's;  1 Samuel 1:14 - put away;  2 Chronicles 33:13 - he was entreated;  Job 36:11 - spend;  Proverbs 4:15 - GeneralMalachi 3:15 - set;  Ephesians 4:22 - ye

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 22:23". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-22.html.