Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Job 27:5

"Far be it from me that I should declare you right; Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Integrity;  
Dictionaries:
Fausset Bible Dictionary - Job;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Guilt;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Job;   Providence;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Far;   Forbid;   Integrity;   Job, Book of;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

God forbid - di - לי חלילה chalilah lli, far be it from me, that I should justify you - that I should now, by any kind of acknowledgment of wickedness or hypocrisy justify your harsh judgment. You say that God afflicts me for my crimes; I say, and God knows it is truth, that I have not sinned so as to draw down any such judgment upon me. Your judgment, therefore, is pronounced at your own risk.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Job 27:5". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/job-27.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

God forbid - לי חלילה châlı̂ylâh lı̂y “Far be it from me.” Literally, “Profane be it to me;” that is, I should regard it as unholy and profane; I cannot do it.

That I should justify you - That I should admit the correctness of your positions, and should concede that I am an hypocrite. He was conscious of integrity and sincerity, and nothing could induce him to abandon that conviction, or to admit the correctness of the reasoning which they had pursued in regard to him. Coverdale (1535 a.d.) has given this a correct translation, “God forbid that I should grant your cause to be right.”

Till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me - I will not admit that I am insincere and hypocritical. This is the language of a man who was conscious of integrity, and who would not be deprived of that consciousness by any plausible representations of his professed friends.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 27:5". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-27.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

God forbid that I should justify you,.... Not but that he counted them righteous and good men God-ward; he did not take upon him to judge their state, and to justify or condemn them with respect to their everlasting condition; but he could not justify them in their censures of him, and say they did a right thing in charging him with wickedness and hypocrisy; nor could he justify them in all their sentiments and doctrines which they had delivered concerning the punishment of the wicked in this life, and the happiness that attends all good men; and that a man by his outward circumstances may be known to be either a good man or a bad man; such things as these he could not say were right; for so to do would be to call evil good, and good evil; and therefore he expresses his utmost abhorrence and detestation of showing his approbation of such conduct as theirs towards him, and of such unbecoming sentiments of God, and of his dealings, they had entertained; and to join in with which would be a profanation and a pollution, as the word used by him signifies; he could not do it without defiling his conscience, and profaning truth:

until I die one will not remove my integrity from me; Job was an upright man both in heart and life, through the grace of God bestowed on him; and he continued in his integrity, notwithstanding the temptations of Satan, and his attacks upon him, and the solicitations of his wife; and he determined through the grace of God to persist therein to the end of his life; though what he chiefly means here is, that he would not part with his character as an upright man, which he had always had, and God himself had bore testimony to; he would never give up this till he gave up the ghost; he would never suffer his integrity to be removed from him, nor remove it from himself by denying that it belonged to him, which his friends bore hard upon him to do. So Jarchi paraphrases it,

"I will not confess (or agree) to your saying, that I am not upright;'

the phrase, "till I die", seems rather to belong to the first clause, though it is true of both, and may be repeated in this.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 27:5". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-27.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

God forbid that I should c justify you: till I die I will not remove mine d integrity from me.

(c) Which condemns me as a wicked man, because the hand of God is on me.

(d) I will not confess that God does thus punish me for my sins.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Job 27:5". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/job-27.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

justify you — approve of your views.

mine integrity — which you deny, on account of my misfortunes.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 27:5". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-27.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 27:5 God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.

Ver. 5. God forbid that I should justify you] sc. By saying as you say; viz. that I am a hypocrite, and secretly guilty of some foul practices, for which I thus grievously suffer. I know nothing of this nature by myself, God forbid, Absit, res profana sit mihi. The Hebrew word signifies a profanation, or profane thing. It was the same they used when they rent their clothes at blasphemy.

Till I die, I will not remove mine integrity] My perfection, some render it; and so God accounteth it, when the bent, frame, and tendencies of the heart are for him; though the man’s wants be many and great. This Job knew, and would hold to. Let not the devil baffle us out of our integrity.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 27:5". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-27.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

That I should justify you, i.e. your opinion and censure concerning me, as one convicted to be impious or hypocritical, by God’s unusual and severe dealing with me.

I will not remove, to wit, declaratively, as real words are frequently understood; or by renouncing or denying my integrity, of which God and my own conscience bear me witness. I will not, to gratify you, say that I am a hypocrite, which I know to be false.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 27:5". 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

5.God forbid — Literally, Far be it from me, μη γενοιτο, (Romans 6:2,) to concede that you are right in the impeachment of my righteousness, and thus to compromise the truth. Hitzig supposes “God” to be the subject of the textual form , in 2 Samuel 23:17, and follows frequent renderings of the word in the Septuagint, and its cognate meaning in the Arabic, by translating it, “God be gracious to me, if,” etc.

Mine integrity — Among the heaviest strokes that fell upon Job were the cruel aspersions against his integrity.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 27:5". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/job-27.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Till. Never will I abandon this path, (Haydock) nor will I yield to your reasons, (Calmet) or cease to defend myself. (Menochius) --- It would have been contrary to justice and charity, (Haydock) as well as to truth, to confess a false crime. (Worthington)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Job 27:5". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/job-27.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

God forbid = Far be it from me. Figure of speech Deists. App-6.

die = expire.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Job 27:5". "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

God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.

Justify you - approve of your views.

Mine integrity - which you deny, on account of my misfortunes.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 27:5". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/job-27.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(5) God forbid that I should justify you.—To admit the wickedness with which his friends charged him would have been to justify them—to say that they were right and he was wrong. This he resolves not to do.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.
justify
32:3; 42:7; Deuteronomy 25:1; Proverbs 17:15; Galatians 2:11
I will not
2:9; 13:15; 29:14; 2 Corinthians 1:12
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 21:3 - The Lord;  Job 2:3 - holdeth;  Job 4:6 - the uprightness;  Job 33:9 - clean;  Job 33:32 - GeneralIsaiah 26:7 - way

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 27:5". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-27.html.