Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Job 22:28

"You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; And light will shine on your ways.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Backsliders;   Penitent;   Righteous;   Wicked (People);   Thompson Chain Reference - Light, Spiritual;   Light-Darkness;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Eliphaz;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Light;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Job, the Book of;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Zabii;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Eliphaz (2);   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Onias (Ḥ;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Thou shalt also decree a thing - Whatsoever thou purposest in his strength, thou shalt be enabled to accomplish.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Job 22:28". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/job-22.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee - Thou shalt form a purpose or plan, and it shall not be frustrated. It shall not be opposed by the events of divine Providence, but whatever you undertake shall prosper.

And the light shall shine upon thy ways - Thou shalt be prospered in all things, instead of being overtaken with calamity.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 22:28". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-22.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee,.... Strictly speaking, this is only true of God, whose decrees are unfrustrable, whose counsel shall stand, and the thoughts of his heart be established to all generations; and frequently so it is, according to an usual saying, man appoints, but God disappoints; this may be understood of Job, either as a civil magistrate, that he should decree a thing in a court of judicature with so much wisdom and equity, that it should stand firm and sure, and, though made on earth, should be ratified in heaven, as the decrees and doctrines of the apostles of Christ are said to be, Matthew 16:19; see Proverbs 8:15; or, as a private man in civil affairs, signifying that he should be so guided by the Lord, and prospered and succeeded in all his ways and works, that what he determined to do, and formed a scheme for the execution of, it should be brought about and confirmed; he committing his ways to the Lord, his thoughts should be established, or his purposes and designs effected, see Psalm 1:3; or rather as a praying man; and so it agrees with what goes before, that he should lift up his voice to God, and pray unto him with success, and have just occasion to praise him, or pay his vows to him, since he should have the desires of his heart; whatever was upon his mind, and he prayed in faith for, he should have it; as Elijah prayed, both that it might not rain, and that it might rain, and both were according to his word, or the decree of his lips in prayer: see 1 Kings 17:1;

and the light shall shine upon thy ways; which is the reason of all things prospering and succeeding, and being established according to his wish and will; the light of grace shining in him, to put him upon and instruct him in denying and avoiding that which is sinful, and doing that which was just and good; and the light of the word without him, being a light unto his feet, and a lamp to his paths, to guide and direct him, and especially the light of God's favour and blessing on him, succeeding him in all his ways and works, and making them prosperous.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 22:28". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-22.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the t light shall shine upon thy ways.

(t) That is, the favour of God.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Job 22:28". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/job-22.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

light — success.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 22:28". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-22.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.

Established — Thy purposes shalt not be disappointed, but ratified by God. And in all thy counsels, and actions, God shall give thee the light of his direction and governance, and of comfort and success.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Job 22:28". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/job-22.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 22:28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.

Ver. 28. Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee] God will be better to thee than thy prayers; and prosper all thy counsels, effect thy designs. The ungodly are not so, as is to be seen in those revolted Israelites, 2:1-3, in King Saul, and in our King John. Or if they have their designs, it is for a further mischief to them. As, if the godly be crossed, it is in mercy; like as the story is told of our Queen Isabel, that being to repass from Zealand into England with an army, they had all been utterly cast away had she come unto the port intended, being there expected by her enemies. But Providence, against her will, brought her to another place, where she safely landed. The like is reported of Bishop Jewel, that being sought for by the Popish persecutors, he had been caught, but that, going to London, he lost his way (Mr Clark in his Life, p. 262).

And the light shall shine upon thy ways] That is to say, God will inspire thee with good counsel and direction in all thine affairs (Diod.), and turn thine ill-counsels into good unto thee (as the heathens thought Minerva did to her Athenians, and as the Romans fancied of their goddess Vibilia, that she set them in their right way when they were wandering), or will shine over them with his blessing, contrary to thy complaint, Job 19:8.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 22:28". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-22.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Thy purposes and designs shall not be disappointed, but effected and ratified by God; which is a great satisfaction. In all thy counsels, and courses, and actions, God shall give thee the light of his direction and governance, and of comfort and success; and thou shalt not be in such a dark, and doubtful, and perplexed condition as now thou art.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 22:28". 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

b. His prayers shall prevail with God, not only on his own behalf, but on the behalf of others; an unconscious prediction of the final offices Job was called to fulfil, Job 22:26-30.

28.Decree a thing — In a certain sense, under the economy of grace, man’s decrees become God’s decrees. The purposes of faith God is pleased to accept, and thus they become His purpose. The fiat of man in itself may be but a tinkling cymbal — in the scheme of grace it may become the power of God.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 22:28". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/job-22.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Decree. Thy projects shall succeed. Septuagint, "But he shall appoint for thee the rule of justice." (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Job 22:28". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/job-22.html. 1859.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.

Decree - purpose or resolve on a thing, and thy resolution shall be realized.

Light - success.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 22:28". "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

(28) Thou shalt also decree a thing.—As, for instance, in the memorable case of Abraham’s intercession for Sodom, to which there is not improbably an allusion here.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Job 22:28". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/job-22.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
decree
Psalms 20:4; 90:17; Lamentations 3:37; Matthew 21:22; James 4:15
the light
29:3; Psalms 97:11; 112:4; Proverbs 4:18; Isaiah 30:21; Malachi 4:2; John 8:12
Reciprocal: 1 Chronicles 4:10 - God granted;  Psalm 37:5 - and;  Proverbs 16:3 - thy thoughts;  Proverbs 28:2 - but

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 22:28". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-22.html.