Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Job 40:11

"Pour out the overflowings of your anger, And look on everyone who is proud, and make him low.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Leviathan;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Job, the Book of;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Abase;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath - That is, as God does. Show that the same effects can be produced by “your” indignation which there is in his. God appeals here to the effect of his displeasure in prostrating his foes as one of the evidences of his majesty and glory, and asks Job, if he would compare himself with him, to imitate him in this, and produce similar effects.

And behold every one that is proud, and abase him - That is, “look” upon such an one and bring him low, or humble him by a look. It is implied here that God could do this, and he appeals to it as a proof of his power.

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John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath,.... Work thyself up into a passion, at least seemingly; put on all the airs of a wrathful and enraged king on a throne of state, whose wrath is like the roaring of a lion, and as messengers of death; pour out menaces plentifully, threatening what thou wilt do; and try if by such means thou canst humble the spirit of a proud man, as follows;

and behold everyone that is proud, and abase him; look sternly at him, put on a fierce, furious, and menacing countenance, and see if thou canst dash a proud man out of countenance, and humble him before thee, as I am able; among the many instances of divine power the Lord settles upon this one, and proposes it to Job to try his skill and power upon, the humbling of a proud man.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 40:11". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-40.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

rage — rather, pour out the redundant floods of, etc.

behold — Try, canst thou, as God, by a mere glance abase the proud (Isaiah 2:12, etc.)?

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 40:11". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-40.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 40:11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one [that is] proud, and abase him.

Ver. 11. Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath] In this glorious equipage; make thy just indignation felt by all the rebels of the world, Nemo te impune lacesset.

And behold every one that is proud] Look upon him oculo minaci, with a flaming eye; look through him, let him see thy displeasure. Upon some God looketh to convert them, as Christ did upon Peter, Luke 22:61. Upon others, to confound them, -- εχει Yεος εκδικον ομμα..

And abase him] Abate his pride, and abase his pomp and greatness; this is God like, Psalms 147:6. Aesop, being asked by Chilo (one of the seven wise men of Greece), What God was doing? answered, He abaseth the proud, and exalteth the lowly minded. Tamerlane, to manifest that he knew how to punish the haughty, made Bajazet, the Great Turk, to be shackled, and shut up in an iron cage, and so carried up and down as he passed through Asia, to be scorned and derided by his own people. And when one of his favourites requested him to remit some part of his severity against the person of so great a prince, Tamerlane answered, That he did not use that rigour against him out of hatred to the man, but to manifest the just judgment of God against the arrogant folly of so proud a tyrant (Turk. Hist. f. 220).

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Inflict heavy judgements upon thine enemies, the Chaldeans and Sabeans, and others who have injured or provoked thee. Destroy him with an angry look, as I can do and delight to do with such persons.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

11.Cast abroad’ thy wrath — Literally, Let the outbreakings of thy wrath pour forth. A solemnly prominent thought in this personification of Job as deity is this, that wrath belongs to God.

And abase him — A constantly recurring conception in Oriental and classical literature represents the work of Deity to be, the abasement of the proud. The answer of AEsop to Chilon, who asked, “What is God engaged, in doing?” — that “He is abasing the high and lifting up the low,” Bayle calls “the epitome of human history,” and says that a book might be written “concerning the centre of moral oscillation.”

 

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George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Loins. The towers were fastened here by an iron chain. --- Belly. Yet it is nowhere so easily wounded, 1 Machabees vi. 45. (Pliny, viii. 20.) --- Hence some would translate Hebrew, "and its pain in the belly," (Calmet) as it is only subject to an inflammation and flux; profluvium alvi. (Pliny) (Ælian xvii. 44.) --- But the original rather denotes the parts of generation, which lie concealed, (Aristotle, anim. ii. 1., and v. 2.) and are styled the strength, Genesis xlix. 3., and Deuteronomy xxi. 17.

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Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible

Job"s first task of being God for a day is to bring down the proud and the wicked in an unleashed display of his anger, humiliating them just by looking at them. Can Job perform this simple function, which he had accused God of ignoring? (21:29-31; 24:1-17). "God ironically suggested He turn over the responsibility to Job to see if he could fulfill it" (Bible Knowledge Comm. p. 771). There is a great lesson here for us when we are tempted to complain. If we complain that God isn"t moving fast enough in the world and dealing with the wicked, we need to remind ourselves that we are not stopping such wickedness ourselves. In fact we are powerless to do really anything permanent about the evil in this world.

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

rage = overflowings.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Job 40:11". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/job-40.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.

Rage - rather, 'pour out the redundant floods of,' etc. [ `ebrowt (Hebrew #5678), the unrestrained overflowings].

Behold - try, canst thou, as God, by a mere glance, abase the proud, (Isaiah 2:12, etc.)

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.
Cast
20:23; 27:22; Deuteronomy 32:22; Psalms 78:49,50; 144:6; Romans 2:8,9
behold
Exodus 9:16,17; 15:6; 18:11; Isaiah 2:11,12,17; 10:12-19; Ezekiel 28:2; Daniel 4:37; 5:20-23; Obadiah 1:3,4; Malachi 4:1; Luke 18:14; Acts 12:22,23; James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5,6
Reciprocal: Numbers 16:27 - and stood;  Judges 4:17 - fled;  2 Samuel 22:28 - but thine;  1 Kings 20:32 - Thy servant;  2 Kings 14:13 - took Amaziah;  Nehemiah 9:10 - they;  Job 26:12 - he smiteth;  Psalm 36:11 - foot;  Psalm 94:2 - render;  Psalm 101:5 - an high;  Psalm 119:21 - rebuked;  Psalm 138:6 - but the proud;  Proverbs 15:25 - destroy;  Isaiah 5:15 - the eyes;  Isaiah 10:33 - and the haughty;  Isaiah 22:19 - GeneralIsaiah 23:9 - to stain;  Isaiah 26:5 - bringeth;  Isaiah 40:4 - every mountain;  Jeremiah 50:31 - O thou;  Ezekiel 28:17 - I will cast;  Daniel 4:24 - come;  Habakkuk 2:4 - his;  2 Corinthians 10:5 - and every

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