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Job 40:14

"Then I will also confess to you, That your own right hand can save you.
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Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Leviathan;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Saviour;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Job, the Book of;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Confession;   Job, Book of;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Thine own right hand can save thee - It is the prerogative of God alone to save the human soul. Nothing less than unlimited power, exerted under the direction and impulse of unbounded mercy, can save a sinner. This is most clearly asserted in this speech of Jehovah: When thou canst extend an arm like God, i.e., an uncontrollable power - when thou canst arm thyself with the lightning of heaven, and thunder with a voice like God - when thou canst deck thyself with the ineffable glory, beauty, and splendor of the supreme majesty of Jehovah - when thou canst dispense thy judgments over all the earth, to abase the proud, and tread down the wicked - when thou canst as having the keys of hell and death, blend the high and the low in the dust together; then I will acknowledge to thee that thy own right hand can save thee. In other words: Salvation belongeth unto the Lord; no man can save his own soul by works of righteousness which he has done, is doing, or can possibly do, to all eternity. Without Jesus every human spirit must have perished everlastingly. Glory be to God for his unspeakable gift!

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Then will I also confess unto thee … - If you can do all this, it will be full proof that you can save yourself, and that you do not need the divine interposition. If he could do all this, then it might be admitted that he was qualified to pronounce a judgment on the divine counsels and dealings. He would then show that he had qualifications for conducting the affairs of the universe.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 40:14". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-40.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee. From all his enemies temporal and spiritual, and out of all evils and calamities whatsoever; and that he stood in no need of his help and assistance, yea, that he was a match for him, and might be allowed to contend with him; but whereas he was not able to do the above things proposed to him, it could not be admitted that his own right hand could save him; and therefore ought quietly to submit to the sovereignty of God over him, and to all the dispensations of his providence, and be humbled under his mighty hand, since no hand but his could save him; as no man's right hand can save him from temporal evils and enemies, and much less from spiritual ones, or with an everlasting salvation; nor any works of righteousness done by him, only the arm of the Lord has wrought salvation, and his right hand only supports and saves. Two instances are given in this and the following chapter, the one of a land animal, the other of a sea animal, as is generally supposed; or it may be of amphibious ones, that live both on land and water.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 40:14". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-40.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can d save thee.

(d) Proving by this that whoever attributes to himself power and ability to save himself, makes himself God.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Job 40:14". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/job-40.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

confess — rather, “extol”; “I also,” who now censure thee. But since thou canst not do these works, thou must, instead of censuring, extol My government.

thine own  …  hand  …  save — (Psalm 44:3). So as to eternal salvation by Jesus Christ (Isaiah 59:16; Isaiah 63:5).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 40:14". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-40.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 40:14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.

Ver. 14. Then will I also confess unto thee, &c.] Or, I will give praise unto thee, as thou by right shouldest do to me; not for my goodness only, but for my greatness and majesty also, in destroying the wicked. See David doing it, Psalms 18:27, and Moses, Exodus 15:1, and the whole choir of heaven, Revelation 19:1-2.

And that thine own right hand can save thee] That thou art self sufficient, and my peer; strong enough to maintain thine own cause, and that thou hast some show of reason to withstand me, Et ego quoque praedicabo te heroa (Tig.). This is that which we all naturally, but foolishly, fancy, viz. that we are petty gods within ourselves; we would be absolute and independent, when in truth all that we have is derivative: the Church’s beauty is borrowed, Ezekiel 16:3-14, and we may say of all that we are, as he did with his hatchet, Alas! master, I borrowed it, 2 Kings 6:5.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 40:14". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-40.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

i.e. That thou art mine equal, and mayst venture to contend with me. But since thou canst do none of these things, it behoves thee to submit to me, and to acquiesce in my dealings with thee.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

14.Confess unto — The Hebrew also means praise, and is thus rendered by Ewald, Delitzsch, etc. If Job can do all this which God has suggested, then God will acknowledge that he is not only great in speech and faultfinding, (Hirtzel,) but that he is mighty to “save himself,” and able to carry into execution his inflated ideas of justice.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 40:14". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/job-40.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Beginning, or prince. (Haydock) --- The elephant may be considered as the king of beasts for strength, agility, gratitude, longevity, &c. None approaches so near to man. (Pliny viii. 1.; Calmet; Lipsius, 1 ep. 50.; Amama) --- Sword; which is the rhinoceros, killing the elephant under the belly with its horn; (Pliny viii. 20.; Grotius) or God seems to have entrusted his sword to the elephant, for the destruction of his enemies. Nothing can withstand its fury, as it overturns houses and trees with its trunk. (Junius) (Calmet)

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Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible

The very fact that Job could not perform such an administrative function as judging the wicked, proves that Job cannot save himself. "Only if Job could carry out such an awesome task, would God admit to the complainer"s independence and self-sufficiency and the validity of his criticisms" (Bible Knowledge Comm. p. 771).

In the previous chapter God had mentioned various animals, but in this and the next chapter He will focus in on two, "generally considered the strangest on land and the wildest in the sea" (Zuck p. 177).

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.

Confess - rather extol: 'I also,' who now censure thee, 'will extol thee, because thine own hand saves thee,' without requiring my help. But since thou canst not do these works, thou must, instead of censuring, extol my government (contrast Psalms 44:3). So as to eternal salvation by Jesus Christ (Isaiah 59:16; Isaiah 63:5 ).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.
that
Psalms 44:3,6; Isaiah 40:29; Romans 5:6; Ephesians 2:4-9
Reciprocal: 2 Corinthians 1:9 - that

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