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Job 27:3

For as long as life is in me, And the breath of God is in my nostrils,
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - God;   Life;   Thompson Chain Reference - Life-Death;   Nostrils;  
Dictionaries:
Holman Bible Dictionary - Breath;   Guilt;   Nose;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Holy Spirit;   Job;   Providence;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Spirit Spiritual ;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Breath;   Chameleon;   Holy Spirit;   Job, Book of;   Nose;   Psychology;   Spirit;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Ancestor Worship;   Immortality of the Soul;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

All the while my breath is in me - As Job appears to allude to the creation of Adam, whom God made out of the dust of the earth, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, so that he became a living soul, the whole of Job's assertion may be no more than a periphrasis for As long as I live and have my understanding. Indeed נשמתי nishmathi may be rendered my mind or understanding, and אלוה רוח ruach Eloah, the breath of God, the principle of animal life, the same that he breathed into Adam; for it is there said, Genesis 2:7, He breathed into his nostrils, חיים נשמת nismath chaiyim, the breath of lives, or that principle from which animal and spiritual life proceeds; in consequence of which he became חיה לנפש lenephesh chaiyah, an intelligent or rational animal.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Job 27:3". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/job-27.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

And the spirit of God is in my nostrils - As long as I live. The “spirit of God” here means the breath that God breathed into man when he created him, Genesis 2:7. It would seem probable that there was an allusion to that fact by the language here, and that the knowledge of the way in which man was created was thus handed down by tradition.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 27:3". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-27.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

All the while my breath is in me,.... So long the oath of God would be upon him, or he bound himself under it:

and the spirit of God is in my nostrils; which signifies the same thing. The breath of a man is his spirit, and this is of God, the Father of spirits; he first breathed into man the breath of life, and he became a living soul or spirit, Genesis 2:7; it is he that gives life and breath to every man, Acts 17:25, and continues it as long as he pleases, which is a very precarious thing; for it is in his nostrils, where it is drawn to and fro and soon and easily stopped; nor will it always continue, it will some time not be, it will go forth, and then man dies, and returns to the earth, Ecclesiastes 12:7; but as long as there is breath there is life; so that to say this is the same as to say, as long as I live, or have a being, Psalm 104:33; and while that continued, Job looked upon himself under the oath he had taken by the living God.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 27:3". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-27.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Implying Job‘s knowledge of the fact that the living soul was breathed into man by God (Genesis 2:7). “All the while.” But Maurer, “As yet all my breath is in me” (notwithstanding my trials): the reason why I can speak so boldly.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 27:3". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-27.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 27:3 All the while my breath [is] in me, and the spirit of God [is] in my nostrils;

Ver. 3. All the while my breath is in me] Periphrasis vitae, - Dum spiritus hos regat artas, While I have an hour to breathe, I will hold to this oath of mine; neither may you ever hope to dispute me out of mine integrity. Life is described by breath, which, when it faileth, the man dieth, 1 Kings 17:17, Psalms 146:4, Isaiah 2:22. Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils, every moment ready to puff out. What is man, saith Nazianzen, but soul and soil, breath and body, a puff of wind the one, a pile of dust the other, no solidity in either? Jovinian, the emperor, was choked with the smoke of charcoal (Eutrop. Oros.); Pope Adrian with a fly, getting into his throat as he gaped; the cardinal of Lorrain was lighted to his lodging and to his long home both at once by a poisoned torch. Defer not, saith one, since at the next puff of breath thou mayest blow away thy life.

And the Spirit of God is in my nostrils] He seems to allude to Genesis 2:7, or some tradition of the fathers to like purpose; Acts 17:25, God giveth to all life, and breath, and all things. And again, Acts 17:28, "In him we live, and move, and have our being." Wherefore "let everything that hath breath praise the Lord," Psalms 150:6; yea, let every breath (as some read it) praise the Lord. Let it be as the smoke of the tabernacle, as pillars of incense ascending up to heaven. Tam Dei meminisse opus est, quam respirare (Chrysost.).

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 27:3". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-27.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

My breath; which is the constant companion and certain sign of life, both coming in with it, Genesis 2:7, and going out with it, 1 Kings 17:17 Psalms 144:4. Or, my soul, or life. The spirit of God; that spirit or soul which God breathed into me, Genesis 2:7, and preserveth in me. Or rather, the breath of God, i.e. which God breathed into me, which eminently appears in a man’s nostrils.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 27:3". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/job-27.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

3.All the while, etc. — Dillmann, Hitzig, and the Speaker’s Commentary, read, for whole even yet is my breath in me; that is, notwithstanding his weight of sorrow he feels himself “sound, capable of knowing and holding what is true and right;” in a condition not unlike that essential to the making of a will, “being in sound mind.” The Authorized Version, which is approved by Gesenius, Furst, and Hengstenberg, makes quite as good sense. As long as he lives he will adhere to what he is about to swear. Umbreit makes this verse a part of the oath.

Spirit (or breath) of God — An allusion to the Mosaical account of man’s creation. Genesis 2:7.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 27:3". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/job-27.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Nostrils: while I live. (Haydock) --- Genesis ii. 7., and Ezechiel xxxvii. 14. (Calmet)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Job 27:3". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/job-27.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

breath. Hebrew. n-shamah, App-16.

spirit = breath. Hebrew. ruach. App-9.

GOD Heb- Eloah App-4.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Job 27:3". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/job-27.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;

Implying Job's knowledge of the fact that the living soul was breathed into man by God (Genesis 2:7).

All the while. But Maurer, 'as yet all my breath is in me (notwithstanding my trials)'-the reason why I can speak so boldly.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 27:3". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/job-27.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;
the spirit of God
that is, the breath which God gave him.
Genesis 2:7; Isaiah 2:22; Acts 17:25
Reciprocal: Job 12:10 - the breath;  Job 20:9 - The eye;  Psalm 146:4 - His breath;  Isaiah 42:5 - he that giveth;  Malachi 2:15 - the spirit

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 27:3". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-27.html.