Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Job 5:18

"For He inflicts pain, and gives relief; He wounds, and His hands also heal.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Afflictions and Adversities;   Faith;   God;   Happiness;   Philosophy;   Righteous;  
Dictionaries:
Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Providence of God;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Greatness of God;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Chasten, Chastisement;   Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Bind;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Whole;  
Devotionals:
Daily Light on the Daily Path - Devotion for June 30;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

For he maketh sore, and bindeth up - Thus nervously rendered by Coverdale, For though he make a wounde, he giveth a medicyne agayne; though he smyte, his honde maketh whole agayne.

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

For he maketh sore - That is, he afflicts.

And bindeth up - He heals. The phrase is taken from the custom of binding up a wound; see Isaiah 1:6, note; Isaiah 38:21, note. This was a common mode of healing among the Hebrews; and the practice of medicine appears to have been confined much to external applications. The meaning of this verse is, that afflictions come from God, and that he only can support, comfort, and restore. Health is his gift; and all the consolation which we need, and for which we can look, must come from him.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 5:18". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-5.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

For he maketh sore, and bindeth up,.... Or, "though he maketh sore, yet he bindeth up"F4Assembly's Annotations. ; as a surgeon, who makes a wound the sorer by probing and opening it, to let out the matter and make way for his medicine, and then lays on the plaster, and binds it up: so God causes grief and puts his people to pain, by diseases of body, or by making breaches in, their families and estates, and such like cutting providences; and then he binds up their breach, and heals the stroke of their wound, and in the issue makes all whole again: so in spiritual things; he cuts and wounds, and gives pain and uneasiness, by the sharp twoedged sword of the word, and by his Spirit making use of it; and lays open all the corruption of nature, and brings to repentance and humiliation for all transgressions; and then pours in the oil and wine of pardoning grace and mercy, and binds up the wounds that are made:

he woundeth, and his hands make whole; or "heal"F5תרפינה "sanabunt", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, &c. ; the same thing is meant, expressed by different words; and the whole suggests, that every afflicted man, and particularly Job, should he behave well, and as he ought, under the afflicting hand of God, would be healed, and become sound and whole again, in body, mind, family, and estate; for, though God for the present caused grief, yet he would have compassion, since he did not willingly grieve the children of men; did not do it for his own pleasure, but for their good; as a skilful surgeon cuts and wounds in order to heal; see Deuteronomy 32:39.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 5:18". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-5.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

he maketh sore, and bindeth up — (Deuteronomy 32:39; Hosea 6:1; 1 Samuel 2:6). An image from binding up a wound. The healing art consisted much at that time in external applications.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 5:18". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-5.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

For he, … — God's usual method is, first to humble, and then to exalt. And he never makes a wound too great, too deep for his own cure.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 5:18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

Ver. 18. For he maketh sore, and bindeth up] As a surgeon maketh an incision to let out the imposthumed matter, and then heals up the wound again. God hath a salve for every sore, a medicine for every malady; he is both a Father and a Physician, he lanceth us not unless need be, 1 Peter 1:6. We are judged of the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. Would we that God should let us alone to perish in our corruptions (as he did Ephraim, Hosea 4:14), and not meddle with us? or that he should scarf our bones before they are set, and lap up our sores before they are searched? this were a mercy more cruel than any cruelty, as a Father calls it. And yet most people are of that countryman’s mind, spoken of by Luther, who being on his sick-bed advised by his minister to take in good part his present pain, as a token of God’s love, answered, Ah quam velim alios amare, non me! If this be his love, I could wish he would love others, and not me (Luth. in Gen.).

He woundeth] This is more than to make sore or sick, like as Hebrews 12:6. Scourging is worse than chastening. God sometimes makes bloody wales upon the backs of his best children; he wounds them with the wound of an enemy, Psalms 68:21; Psalms 110:5, and leaves them all gore blood, as the word here used importeth, מחץ cruentavit. stained with blood.

And his hands make whole] He hath, as a chirurgeon should have, a lady’s hand, soft and tender, a father’s heart, relenting over his pained Ephraims, Hosea 11:8. He afflicteth not willingly, or from the heart, Lamentations 3:33; it goeth as much against the heart with him as against the hair with us; and evermore

Deiecit ut relevet, premit ut solatia praestet:

Enecat, ut possit vivificare Deus.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 5:18". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-5.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Bindeth up, to wit, the wounds, as good surgeons use to do when they have dressed them, in order to their healing. Compare Psalms 147:3 Ezekiel 34:4. The sense is, Though he hath seen it fit to wound thee, yet he will not always grieve thee, but will in due time release thee from all thy miseries. Therefore despair not.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 5:18". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/job-5.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

18.Bindeth up — Among the ancients the healing art was for the most part confined to external applications. They seem generally to have attributed the curing of diseases to supernatural agency; hence priests were resorted to for healing purposes, since they were supposed to possess peculiar powers of propitiating their deities. On the medical resources of the ancients, see PLINY, Nat. Hist., Books 23-29. Also Leviticus 13, which Kitto calls the most ancient medical treatise in the world.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 5:18". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/job-5.html. 1874-1909.

Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible

The idea in this section is that if Job will confess and repent, God will bless him with healing, deliverance from famine, war, slander, violence, wild beasts, good crops, security, numerous descendants, health, and long life.5:23 "In league with the stones of the field": That is, they will not hinder Job from sowing his crops. 5:26 "Like the stacking of grain in its season": "Coming to the grave in full vigor, beautifully pictures a life lived to the full and ready to be ended" (Zuck p. 35).

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

bindeth up . . . His hands. Figure of speech Anthropopatheia. App-6.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

For - assigning a motive to induce Job to accept chastisement patiently-namely, God, who chastises us, can and will remove the stroke upon our penitent submission to Him.

He maketh sore, and bindeth up - (Deuteronomy 32:39 - "I wound and I heal;" Hosea 6:1; 1 Samuel 2:6). An image from binding up a wound. The healing art consisted much at that time in external applications.

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Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(18) He maketh sore, and bindeth up.—The sentiment here expressed is one of those obvious ones which lose all their force from familiarity with them, but which come home sometimes in sorrow with a power that is boundless, because Divine.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.
Deuteronomy 32:39; 1 Samuel 2:6; Psalms 147:3; Isaiah 30:26
Reciprocal: Exodus 4:8 - that they;  Exodus 15:26 - for I am;  Leviticus 14:3 - be healed;  Leviticus 14:48 - shall come in;  Deuteronomy 8:5 - as a man;  2 Samuel 7:11 - have caused;  2 Samuel 24:12 - that 1may;  2 Chronicles 25:8 - God hath power;  Job 11:10 - If he cut off;  Job 33:19 - chastened;  Job 42:10 - turned;  Psalm 6:2 - heal;  Psalm 51:8 - bones;  Psalm 60:2 - heal;  Psalm 118:18 - chastened;  Proverbs 27:6 - the wounds;  Isaiah 1:6 - they have;  Isaiah 19:22 - he shall smite;  Isaiah 38:9 - he had;  Jeremiah 30:13 - hast;  Hosea 6:1 - he hath torn;  1 Corinthians 11:32 - we are;  Hebrews 12:5 - despise

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