Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Job 22:26

"For then you will delight in the Almighty And lift up your face to God.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Backsliders;   Joy;   Peace;   Penitent;   Prosperity;   Righteous;   Wicked (People);   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Delighting in God;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Eliphaz;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Cain (1);   Holman Bible Dictionary - Job, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Gestures;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Zabii;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Delight;   Eliphaz (2);   Lift;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

For then shalt thou have thy delight - Thou shalt know, from thy temporal prosperity, that God favors thee; and for his bounty thou shalt be grateful. How different is this doctrine from that of St. Paul and St. John! "Being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus." "Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father!" "The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirits that we are the children of God." "We glory in tribulation also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto us." "We love him because he first loved us." Tribulation itself was often a mark of God's favor.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Job 22:26". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/job-22.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty - Instead of complaining of him as you now do, you would then find calm enjoyment in contemplating his character and his moral government. This is a correct account of the effects of reconciliation. He who becomes truly “acquainted” with God has pleasure in his existence and attributes; in his law and administration. No longer disposed to complain, he confides in him when he is afflicted; flees to him when he is persecuted; seeks him in the day of prosperity; prefers him to all that this world can give, and finds his supremest joys in turning away from all created good to hold communion with the Uncreated One.

And shalt lift up thy face unto God - An emblem of prosperity, happiness, and conscious innocence. We hang our face down when we are conscious of guilt; we bow the head in adversity. When conscious of uprightness; when blessed with prosperity, and when we have evidence that we are the children of God, we look up toward heaven. This was the natural condition of human beings - made to look upward, while all other animals look grovelling on the earth. So Milton describes the creation of man:

There wanted yet the master-work, the end

Of all yet done; a creature, who, not prone

And brute as other creatures, but endued

With sanctity of reason, might erect

His stature, and upright with front serene

Govern the rest, self-knowing; and from thence

Magnanimous to correspond with heaven,

But grateful to acknowledge whence his good

Directed in devotion, to adore

And worship God supreme, who made him chief

Of all his works.

Paradise Lost, B. vii.

The Classic reader will instantly recollect the description in Ovid:

Pronaque cum spectent animalia caetera terram;

Os homini sublime dedit; coelumque tueri

Jussit, et erectos ad sidera tollere vultus.

Meta. 1:84.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 22:26". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-22.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

For then shall thou have thy delight in the Almighty,.... In the perfections of his nature, in the works of his hands, in his word and worship, in communion with him, and in the relation he stands in to his people as their covenant God and Father; this would be the case when Job should be more and better acquainted with God, and with the law or doctrine his month, and the words of his lips, and should return unto him with his whole heart; and when his affections should be taken off of all earthly riches; when he should look upon gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brook, and God should be to him his gold and his silver; then, and not till then, could he have true delight and complacency in God:

and shalt lift up thy face unto God; in prayer, as Sephorno interprets it, with an holy confidence, boldness, and cheerfulness; as a believer in Christ may, having on his righteousness, and having his heart sprinkled from an evil conscience by his blood; such an one can appear before God, and lift up his face to him, as without spot, so without confusion, shame, and blushing, without a load of guilt upon him, without fear of wrath or punishment, and of being repulsed; see Job 11:15.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 22:26". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-22.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

face, etc. — repeated from Zophar (Job 11:15).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 22:26". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-22.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.

Lift up — Look up to him, with chearfulness and confidence.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 22:26 For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.

Ver. 26. For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty] As in thine only portion. Thou shalt enjoy him, which is the peak of human happiness; solace thyself in the fruition of him, taste and see how good the Lord is, and thereupon love him dearly, Psalms 18:1; not only with a love of desire, as Psalms 42:1-2, but of complacence, as Psalms 73:25-26, affecting not only a union, but a unity, with him; and conversing with him, as we may, in the mean while, in a fruitful and cheerful use of his holy ordinances.

And shall lift up thy face unto God] Wrapping thyself in Christ’s righteousness, thou shalt draw nigh to God with a humble boldness in duty, and not doubt but he will draw nigh to thee in mercy. It is said of Luther, that he prayed with so great reverence, as unto God; and yet with so great confidence, as to his friend (Melch. Ad. in Vita).

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 22:26". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-22.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

For; — so this verse contains a reason why he might confidently expect all those former outward blessings, because he should have God’s favour, which is the spring and foundation of them. Or, surely, or, yea, moreover; for this particle chi is sometimes used by way of aggravation, or amplification, as Genesis 45:26 1 Samuel 14:41 Isaiah 7:9 32:13. And this suits very well here; yea, God will do greater things than these for thee.

Thou shalt have thy delight in the Almighty; thou shalt find delight not only in these outward comforts, but also and especially in God, whose face shall shine upon thee; who shall give time these things not in anger and wrath, as he doth to wicked men, but as pledges of his love and favour to thee, and of those greater and eternal blessings which he hath in store for thee; and accordingly thou shalt delight thyself in worshipping, enjoying, obeying, and serving God in and with all his mercies.

Shalt lift up thy face unto God, i.e. look up to him by meditation and prayer, not as now thou dost, with horror and grief, which is signified by a dejected countenance, 2 Samuel 2:22 Luke 18:13; but with cheerfulness and confidence, as this phrase oft notes, as Luke 21:28. See Poole "Job 11:15".

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Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Job 22:26. For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty — Thou shalt find delight, not only or chiefly in these outward comforts, but also and especially in God, whose face shall shine upon thee; and who shall give thee these things, not in anger, as he doth to wicked men, but as pledges of his love and favour to thee, and of those greater and eternal blessings which he hath in store for thee. And accordingly thou shalt delight thyself in him as worldly people delight themselves in their money, and shalt find real and continual pleasure in worshipping, obeying, and serving him in and with all his mercies. Thus these words contain a reason why he might confidently expect all those forementioned blessings, because he should set his affections on God, and possess his favour, which is the spring and foundation of all good. And lift up thy face unto God — Look up to him with cheerfulness and confidence.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Job 22:26". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/job-22.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Face, with confidence of being in favour and accepted. (Calmet)

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.

Lift up ... face ... - repeated from Zophar (Job 11:15).

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(26) Then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty.—Zophar had told him the same thing, that he should lift up his face without spot (Job 11:15).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.
shalt thou
27:10; 34:9; Psalms 37:4; Song of Solomon 2:3; Isaiah 58:14; Romans 7:22
lift up
11:15; Psalms 25:1; 86:4; 143:8; 1 John 3:20,21
Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 17:6 - his heart;  Psalm 119:6 - shall I;  John 15:7 - ye shall;  Philippians 3:1 - rejoice

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 22:26". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-22.html.