Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Job 36:24

"Remember that you should exalt His work, Of which men have sung.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Praise;  
Dictionaries:
Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Testimony;   Holman Bible Dictionary - God;   Job, the Book of;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Elihu;  
Encyclopedias:
The Jewish Encyclopedia - Ben Zoma;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Remember that thou magnify his work - Take this into consideration; instead of fretting against the dispensations of Divine providence, and quarrelling with thy Maker, attentively survey his works; consider the operation of his hands; and see the proofs of his wisdom in the plan of all, of his power in the production and support of all, and of his goodness in the end for which all have been made, and to which every operation in nature most obviously tends; and then magnify his work. Speak of him as thou shalt find; let the visible works of thy Maker prove to thee his eternal power and Godhead, and let nature lead thee to the Creator.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Job 36:24". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/job-36.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Remember that thou magnify his work - Make this a great and settled principle, to remember that God is “great” in all that he does. He is exalted far above us, and all his works are on a scale of vastness corresponding to his nature, and in all our attempts to judge of him and his doings, we should bear this in remembrance. He is not to be judged by the narrow views which we apply to the actions of people, but by the views which ought to be taken when we remember that he presides over the vast universe, and that as the universal Parent, he will consult the welfare of the whole. In judging of his doings, therefore, we are not to place ourselves in the center, or to regard ourselves as the “whole” or the creation, but we are to remember that there are other great interests to be regarded, and that his plans will be in accordance with the welfare of the whole. One of the best rules for taking a proper estimate of God is that proposed here by Elihu - to remember that he is great.

Which men behold - The Vulgate renders this, “de quo cecinerunt viri” - “concerning which men sing.” The Septuagint, ὧν ἦρξαν ἄνδρες hōn ērxan andres - “over which men rule.” Schultens accords with the Vulgate. So Coverdale renders it, “Whom all men love and praise.” So Herder and Noyes understand it, “Which men celebrate with songs.” This difference of interpretation arises from the ambiguity of the Hebrew word (שׁררוּ shorerû ) some deriving it from שׁור shûr “to go round about, and then to survey, look upon, examine”; and some from שׁיר shı̂yr “to sing, to celebrate.” The word will admit of either interpretation, and either will suit the connection. The sense of “seeing” those works, however, better agrees with what is said in the following verse, and perhaps better suits the connection. The object of Elihu is not to fix the attention on the fact that people “celebrate” the works of God, but to turn “the eyes to the visible creation,” as a proof of the greatness of the Almighty.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 36:24". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-36.html. 1870.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

THE GLORIES OF GOD'S CONTROL OF HIS CREATION

"Remember that thou magnify his work,

Whereof men have sung.

All men have looked thereon;

Man beholdeth it afar off.

Behold, God is great, and we know him not;

The number of his years is unsearchable.

For he draweth up the drops of water,

Which distill in rain from his vapor,

Which the skies pour down

And drop upon man abundantly.

Yea, can any understand the spreadings of the clouds,

The thunderings of his pavilion?

Behold he spreadeth his light around him;

And he covereth the bottom of the sea.

For by these he judgeth the peoples;

He giveth food in abundance.

He covereth his hands with the lightning,

And giveth it a charge that it strike the mark.

The noise thereof telleth concerning him,

The cattle also concerning the storm that cometh up."

"Elihu here takes up again his theme of the greatness of God, calling the phenomena of nature to witness God's might."[17] Rawlinson commented that, "It must be allowed that this passage is eloquent."[18]

This whole dissertation on the wonders of God's control of nature, etc., "Is relevant to Elihu's speech, only because he believes that it is God's creative power that gives him the right to be the moral judge of the world."[19]

"The noise thereof telleth concerning him" (Job 36:33). This says that God's greatness is attested by the thunder; and supporting Rawlinson's idea that an approaching thunderstorm prompted these lines, we have the following statement in Job 36:33b.

"And the cattle concerning the storm that cometh up" (Job 36:33b). The imagery that comes to mind here is that of the movement of cattle toward shelter or protection from an approaching storm.

However, the exact meaning of the verse here, like several others in this chapter, is by no means certain. "This verse is notoriously difficult. Half a century ago, Peake noted that there have been more than thirty renditions of the verse."[20] In the judgment of this writer, our version, the ASV, is superior to any others that we have seen. Although, "The word storm is supplied here,"[21] it fits perfectly; because of, "The ancient observation that cattle seem to have a presentiment of an approaching storm."[22]

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Job 36:24". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/job-36.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Remember that thou magnify his work,.... Or his works; his works of creation and providence, which are great in themselves, and declare the greatness of God; and which, though they cannot be made greater than they are, men may be said to magnify them when they ascribe them to God, and magnify him on account of them; when they think and speak well of them, and give glory to God: and particularly by his work may be meant the chastisement of his people, which is a rod in his hand, which he appoints, and with which he smites; it is his own doing, and he may do what he pleases this way; and it becomes his people to be still and patient because he does it; and then do they magnify this work of his, when they bear it patiently, quietly submit to it, and humble themselves under the mighty hand of God;

which men behold: for the works of God are visible, particularly the works of creation, and the glory of God in them; which men of wisdom and understanding behold with admiration and praise; and so the Targum is,

"which righteous men praise;'

and some derive the word here used from a root which signifies to "sing", and so may be understood of men's celebrating the works of God in songs of praise; though his work here may chiefly design the afflictions he lays on his people, and particularly which he had laid upon Job, which were so visible, and the hand of God in them was so clearly to be seen, that men easily beheld it and took notice of it.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 36:24". "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

Instead of arraigning, let it be thy fixed principle to magnify God in His works (Psalm 111:2-8; Revelation 15:3); these, which all may “see,” may convince us that what we do not see is altogether wise and good (Romans 1:20).

behold — As “see” (Job 36:25), shows; not, as Maurer, “sing,” laud (see on Job 33:27).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 36:24". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-36.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.

Remember — Call to mind this thy duty.

Magnify — Every work which he doth; do not condemn any of his providential works, but adore them as done with admirable wisdom, and justice.

Behold — With admiration and astonishment.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Job 36:24". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/job-36.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 36:24 Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.

Ver. 24. Remember that thou magnify his work] His work of creation; wherein the wisdom, power, and goodness of God is clearly manifested, Romans 1:19, in that glorious structure of the heavens especially, which men behold. Or his work of administration and gubernation, whereof David saith, All thy works praise thee, O Lord; that is, they yield matter of magnifying thee; and thy saints shall bless thee, Psalms 145:10. Remember that this be done, saith Elihu. Junius, by God’s works here, understandeth Noah’s flood.

Which men behold] Or, Whereof men do sing, saying, as in the next verse,

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 36:24". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-36.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Remember; call to mind this thy duty, and take this matter into thy more serious thoughts, and it will prevent thy horrible mistakes and miscarriages.

That; so this Hebrew particle is used here, Job 36:10 3:12.

His work; or, his works, the singular number being put for the plural, every work which he doth; do not condemn any of his providential works towards thee or others, but adore and glorify them, as done with admirable wisdom, and justice, and faithfulness.

Which men behold, to wit, with admiration and astonishment; which by their greatness and glory draw the eyes and minds of all men towards them; which deserve to be entertained with adoration and reverence of all men, not with censure and reproach.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 36:24". 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

24.Which men behold Which men sing. Instead of finding fault with God’s ways, Job ought rather to extol His works, which elicit the admiration of all well-minded men.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 36:24". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/job-36.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Not, is omitted in Hebrew and Septuagint. "Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold;" Protestants, (Haydock) or "thou hast magnified," formerly. Do so again. --- Sung. The memory of great exploits was commonly preserved by canticles. (Calmet)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Job 36:24". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/job-36.html. 1859.

Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible

As a result Job should magnify God, as others had done in song instead of criticizing Him. In this passage "God"s work" including His work in allowing Job to suffer.

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

men. Hebrew, plural of "enosh. App-14.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Job 36:24". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/job-36.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(24) Which men behold.—Some render it, “Whereof men sing,” but the other seems to suit the context best.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Job 36:24". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/job-36.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.
magnify
12:13-25; 26:5-14; Psalms 28:5; 34:3; 72:18; 86:8-10; 92:4,5; 104:24; Psalms 107:8,15; 111:2-4,8; 145:10-12; Jeremiah 10:12; Daniel 4:3,37; Luke 1:46
which
Deuteronomy 4:19; Psalms 19:1-4
Reciprocal: Job 37:7 - that;  Job 37:14 - consider;  Psalm 8:3 - When;  Ecclesiastes 11:5 - even

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 36:24". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-36.html.