Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Job 33:5

"Refute me if you can; Array yourselves before me, take your stand.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
The Topic Concordance - Creation;   Life;   Man;  
Dictionaries:
Holman Bible Dictionary - Job, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Pit;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Job, Book of;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Elihu;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Elihu (2);   Order;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

If thou canst answer me - The meaning of this verse is this: “The controversy between you and me, if you choose to reply, shall be conducted in the most equitable manner, and on the most equal terms. I will not attempt, as your three friends have done, to overwhelm you with reproaches; nor will I attempt to overawe you as God would do, so that you could not reply. I am a man like yourself, and desire that if anything can be said against what I have to advance, it should be offered with the utmost fairness and freedom.”

Stand up - That is, “maintain your position, unless you are convinced by my arguments. I wish to carry nothing by mere authority or power.”

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 33:5". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-33.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

If thou canst answer me,.... That is, when he had done speaking, after he had heard him out; if he thought he could make a reply to him, he gave him full liberty so to do, and tacitly suggests that he should give him an attentive and candid hearing, as he had requested of him:

set thy words in order before me; put them into the best form and order thou canst for thy self-defence, and level them at me; set them, as it were, in battle array against me; give them all the poignancy, strength, and three thou art capable of:

stand up; not out of veneration to him, but to denote freedom and boldness in himself; a presentation of himself with boldness, and standing and keeping his ground: the expressions are military; Mr. Broughton renders it, "stand to it".

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 33:5". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-33.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Images from a court of justice.

stand up — alluding to Job‘s words (Job 30:20).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 33:5". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-33.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 33:5 If thou canst answer me, set [thy words] in order before me, stand up.

Ver. 5. If thou canst answer me] Or, If thou canst, do thou answer me. This bold challenge, and the like confident expressions, not unlike in appearance to that of Campian, with his ten unanswerable reasons (as he accounted them), or that of Sanders, with his forty not probable reasons, but most solid demonstrations (if men would believe him) to prove, that the pope is not Antichrist, hath caused one interpreter, following Gregory, to censure Elihu, for a palpable braggadocian, full of pride and vain-glory (De visib. Monarch. libri 8). This is a hard saying, and at the best reverenter glossanda, as he said of the Pontifician laws. I think this good man is hereby no less mistaken and wronged than John Baptist was by Tertullian, who falls foul upon him in three different places, for that harmless question of his sent to our Saviour by two of his disciples (whom he sought to settle), "Art thou he that should come?" &c., Matthew 11:3, as if he himself had doubted who the person of the Messiah was.

Set thy words in order before me, stand up] A metaphor from military matters; muster up and marshal thine arguments in good array, and then stand to it; make good thy ground like a valiant soldier, who will rather die for it than stir an inch. An expression not unlike this is that of David, Psalms 5:3. In the morning will I direct (or marshal up) my prayers, and then look up; be as a spy upon a watch tower, to see what speed, and whether I get the day: military terms they are both.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 33:5". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-33.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Job 33:5. Set thy words in order before me, &c.— Set thy arguments in array against me; stand thy ground. This is a metaphor taken from the drawing up of an army with the purpose of giving battle.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Job 33:5". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/job-33.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

I shall allow thee all freedom of discourse; I cannot terrify thee, as God would: I shall not reproach thee, nor cavil at thee, as thy friends have done.

Stand up, to contend with me as thing adversary in this cause.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 33:5". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/job-33.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

5.Before — Rather. Against me.

Stand up — Literally, take thy stand. “The very ring of the words in Hebrew bears the tone of haughty defiance.” — Schlottmann.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 33:5". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/job-33.html. 1874-1909.

Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible

Elihu is prepared for a counter-argument and he is willing for these men to examine his arguments.

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Dunagan, Mark. "Commentary on Job 33:5". "Mark Dunagan Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dun/job-33.html. 1999-2014.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.

Images from a court of justice. Stand up - alluding to Job's words (Job 30:20).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 33:5". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/job-33.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.
If
32,33; 32:1,12
set
23:4,5; 32:14; Psalms 50:21
stand
Acts 10:26
Reciprocal: Job 9:14 - choose;  Job 9:19 - who shall;  Job 13:19 - that will plead;  Job 34:33 - what

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 33:5". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-33.html.