Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Job 30:27

"I am seething within and cannot relax; Days of affliction confront me.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Bowels;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Prevent;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Bowels;   Job, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Medicine;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Boil (2);   Bowels;   Prevent;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

My bowels boiled - This alludes to the strong commotion in the bowels which every humane person feels at the sight of one in misery.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Job 30:27". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/job-30.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

My bowels boiled - Or rather, My bowels boil - for he refers to his present circumstances, and not to the past. It is clear that by this phrase he designs to describe deep affliction. The bowels, in the Scriptures, are represented as the seat of the affections. By this is meant the upper bowels, or the region of the heart and the lungs. The reason is, that deep emotions of the mind are felt there. The heart beats quick; or it is heavy and pained; or it seems to melt within us in the exercise of pity or compassion; compare the notes at Isaiah 16:11. The idea here is, that the seat of sorrow and of grief was affected by his calamities. Nor was the feeling slight. His emotions he compared with agitated, boiling water. It is possible that there is an allusion here to the inflammatory nature of his disease, producing internal heat and pain; but it is more probable that he refers to the mental anguish which he endured.

The days of affliction prevented me - literally, “have anticipated me” - for so the word prevent was formerly used, and so it is uniformly used in the Bible; see the notes at Job 3:12; compare Psalm 59:10; lxxix. 8; Psalm 88:13; Psalm 119:148; 1 Thessalonians 4:15. There is in the Hebrew word (קדם qâdam ) the idea that days of anguish came in an unexpected manner, or that they anticipated the fulfillment of his plans. All his schemes and hopes of life had been anticipated by these overwhelming sorrows.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 30:27". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-30.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

My bowels boiled, and rested not,.... All contained within him, his heart, lungs, and liver, in a literal sense, through a violent fever burning within him; or figuratively, being under great distress and trouble, by reason of his afflictions, outward and inward, see Jeremiah 4:19;

the days of affliction prevented me; came sooner upon him than he thought; he did not expect the evil days to come, and the years draw nigh in which he should have no pleasure, until he was more advanced in years, and the time of his dissolution was at hand; they came at once, and unawares, upon him, when he looked not for them: some render the word "met me"F15קדמני "occurrerunt mihi", Piscator, Cocceius. , unexpectedly; or rather, they "rushed upon me"F16"Incursarunt me", Schultens. , in an hostile way; came in troops, and invaded and surrounded him, see Job 19:12.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 30:27". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-30.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

bowels — regarded as the seat of deep feeling (Isaiah 16:11).

boiled — violently heated and agitated.

preventedOld English for “unexpectedly came upon” me, “surprised” me.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 30:27". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-30.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.

Affliction — Came upon me suddenly, and unexpectedly, when I promised myself peace and prosperity.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Job 30:27". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/job-30.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 30:27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.

Ver. 27. My bowels boiled, and rested not] Being tossed and tumbled with continual boiling and bubbling, rumbling and making a rattle (as the word signifieth), whether through passion or compassion, Ollae more insonueruut (Merc.). With most compassionate sympathy (saith one learned paraphrast) did my bowels yearn over the afflicted, so that I could have no quiet in myself for grieving and taking thought for them; I was seldom or never without sorrow for some one or other’s affliction.

The days of affliction prevented me] Prevision should have hindered this prevention. Evils foreseen come no whit the sooner, but far the easier. It is a labour well lost if they befall us not; well spent if they do; whereas coming suddenly, they find weak minds secure, make them miserable, leave them desperate. Expect them therefore and prepare for them; darts foreseen are dintless.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 30:27". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-30.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

My inward parts boiled without ceasing. The bowels are the seat of passion and of compassion; and therefore this may be understood, either,

1. Of his compassionate and deep sense of others’ miseries; which is oft expressed by bowels, as Isaiah 16:11 Colossians 3:12, and elsewhere, of which he spoke Job 30:25, to which he subjoins the contrary usage which he met with, Job 30:26. And then, in this first part of Job 30:27, he renews the mention of his compassion to others, and in the latter part he adds, by way of antithesis or opposition, that his mercy was requited with cruel afflictions. Or,

2. Of the grievousness of his troubles, which is sometimes expressed by the troubling or boiling of the bowels, or inward parts; as Lamentations 1:20.

Prevented me, i.e. came upon me suddenly and unexpectedly, when I promised to myself peace and prosperity, as the usual recompence which God promiseth and giveth to such as fear and please him, as I have done.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 30:27". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/job-30.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

27.Bowels — According to the Oriental ideas, the seat of deep and noble feelings and emotions. Barnes thinks Job means “the upper bowels, or the region of the heart and the lungs.” In Isaiah 16:11, deep feeling for others calls forth from within responsive notes, like those of the harp touched by the plectrum. South Sea Islanders “call compassion a bleating of the bowels.” — Forster.

Prevented Have overtaken.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 30:27". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/job-30.html. 1874-1909.

Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible

Inwardly, Job was in emotional turmoil, literally he was "boiling" on the inside. He was unable to relax or come to terms with any of this, and only affliction confronted him day after day.

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Dunagan, Mark. "Commentary on Job 30:27". "Mark Dunagan Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dun/job-30.html. 1999-2014.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

prevented = came on.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Job 30:27". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/job-30.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.

Bowels - regarded as the seat of deep feeling (Isaiah 16:11).

Boiled - violently heated and agitated.

Prevented - old English for unexpectedly came upon me, surprised me.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 30:27". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/job-30.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(27) My bowels boiled.—The sense is better expressed by the present, “My bowels boil, and rest not. Days of affliction have overtaken me unawares.” (See last verse.)

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Job 30:27". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/job-30.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.
Psalms 22:4; Jeremiah 4:19; 31:20; Lamentations 1:20; 2:11
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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 30:27". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-30.html.