Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Job 36:11

"If they hear and serve Him, They will end their days in prosperity And their years in pleasures.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Afflictions and Adversities;   Blessing;   Contingencies;   Righteous;   Thompson Chain Reference - Blessings;   Obedience;   Obedience-Disobedience;   The Topic Concordance - Death;   Deliverance;   Disobedience;   God;   Hearing;   Obedience;   Perishing;   Poverty;   Prosperity;   Service;   Wrath;  
Dictionaries:
Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Providence of God;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Job, the Book of;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Elihu;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

If they obey and serve him - There may appear in the course of Providence to be some exceptions to this general rule; but it is most true, that this is literally or spiritually fulfilled to all the genuine followers of God. Every man is happy, in whatsoever circumstances, whose heart is unreservedly dedicated to his Maker.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Job 36:11". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/job-36.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

If they obey and serve him - That is, if, as the result of their afflictions, they repent of their sins, seek his mercy, and serve him in time to come, they shall be prospered still. The design of affliction, Elihu says, is, not to cut them off, but to bring them to repentance. This sentiment he had advanced and illustrated before at greater length; see the notes at Job 33:23-28. The object of all this is, doubtless, to assure Job that he should not regard his calamities either as proof that he had never understood religion - as his friends maintained; or that God was severe, and did not regard those that loved and obeyed him - as Job had seemed to suppose; but that there was something in his life and conduct which made discipline necessary, and that if he would repcnt of that, he would find returning prosperity, and end his days in happiness and peace.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 36:11". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-36.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

If they obey and serve him,.... That is, God, to whom so many things are ascribed in the preceding verses; and who only is to be obeyed and served in a religious way, with the obedience of faith and love, in all his commands and ordinances. But here not so much obedience to his word, his law or Gospel, as to his rod is intended: "if they hear", &c.F17אם ישמעו ויעכדו "si audierint et fecerint", Codurcus. ; hear the rod and him that has appointed it; hearken to his reproving, instructing, and commanding voice, in affliction; to his calls, cautions, and admonitions thereby given; and act according to them; humble themselves under the mighty hand of God, and return from iniquity:

they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures; which intimates, that those to whom afflictions are sanctified, and they obedient under them, when recovered out of them shall enjoy long life; not only live many days, but years, and those in great prosperity and pleasure; be blessed with much temporal prosperity, which lies in riches and wealth, as this word is rendered in Job 21:13; and in bodily health, which is a considerable part of outward prosperity; but more especially prosperity of soul may be intended, see 3 John 1:2; which is enjoyed when a man is favoured with the discoveries of the love of God to him; with applications of pardoning grace and mercy; when grace is in lively exercise in him, and he has a spiritual appetite for the good word of God, and is fruitful in every good work: and so pleasures do not so much design corporeal pleasures, though ever so innocent and lawful; for though they may at proper times be indulged unto, yet a man's days and years are not to be spent in them; but rather spiritual pleasures, which are had in views of the wonderful love of God in Christ; in the enjoyment of the gracious presence of God, and communion with him; and which the people of God are favoured with, in his house and ordinances, ways and worship: and when those years are gone, endless pleasures at God's right hand, and in his presence, will follow.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 36:11". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-36.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

serve — that is, worship; as in Isaiah 19:23. God is to be supplied (compare Isaiah 1:19, Isaiah 1:20).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 36:11". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-36.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 36:11 If they obey and serve [him], they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

Ver. 11. If they obey and serve him, they shall, &c.] Heb. they shall finish, they shall spend and end their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasure, as Joseph, Job, and some others have done, who lived and died with glory. Howbeit this promise is to be understood with exception of the cross, which yet God both can, and to his will, make profitable and pleasant; as he did to that godly prince who, being asked, How he could so well endure so long and hard imprisonment? answered, That he had therein felt the divine consolations of the martyrs. But,

Haud facile invenies multis e millibus unum,

Virtutem pretium qui putet esse sui.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 36:11". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-36.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

If they obey God’s admonition and command.

They shall spend their days in prosperity; they shall be restored to their farmer prosperity, and shall live and die in it. This he speaks according to the tenor of God’s promises, especially in the Old Testament state of the church, and according to the common course and method of God’s providence, which Elihu and other good men had observed.

Their years in pleasures; abounding in worldly comforts, and being enabled by God to rejoice in them, which is God’s gift, Ecclesiastes 3:13, and delighting themselves in God’s love and favour to them.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 36:11". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/job-36.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

11.Prosperity — Literally, good, which is a more comprehensive term. Job, in describing the pious man’s destiny, (Job 21:25,) declared that such an one had not enjoyed the good, literally, “had not eaten in the good.” Elihu now replies that the servants of God spend their days in the good, since such service is necessarily a well-spring of the true good.

Pleasures — The original of this word, as also in Psalms 16:6, literally signifies “pleasantnesses,” (plural form,) and, like the Latin amoena, points to joyous surroundings. Light “within one’s own clear breast” shines beyond and makes “bright day.” (For illustration, see Milton’s “Comus,” lines 360-390.)

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 36:11". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/job-36.html. 1874-1909.

Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible

Those who hearken to such lessons will end up blessed and those who refuse to learn will perish in their ignorance. This may be a warning to Job that Job, even though he is righteous and knowledgeable, still needs to be open to more learning (Proverbs 9:8-9). To die without knowledge means that they died without having learned what they might have gained from their problems.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

Serve - i:e. worship; as in Isaiah 19:23 God is to be supplied (cf. Isaiah 19:20).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 36:11". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/job-36.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(11) They shall spend their days in prosperity.—It is, perhaps, not more easy to reconcile this teaching of Elihu’s with the realities of actual fact than it is the notions of Job’s friends as to direct retribution in life.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Job 36:11". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/job-36.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
If
22:21; Deuteronomy 4:30; Jeremiah 7:23; 26:13; Romans 6:17; Hebrews 11:8
spend
11:13-19; 21:11; 22:23; 42:12; Ecclesiastes 9:2,3; James 5:5; Revelation 18:7
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 10:12 - to serve;  1 Chronicles 28:9 - serve him;  Job 21:13 - They;  Job 33:24 - Deliver

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 36:11". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-36.html.