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Job shews that open sinners are often prosperous, ver. 1 - 12.
That secret sinners often pass undiscovered, ver. 13 - 18.
That God punishes such by secret judgments, and reserves them for
future judgment, ver. 19 - 25.
1: Why - Why (how comes it to pass) seeing times, (the fittest
seasons for every, action, and particularly for the punishment of
wicked men,) are not hidden from, or unknown to the Almighty God,
(seeing all times, and men that live, and things that are done, or
to be done in their times and seasons, are exactly known to God)
do they that know him, (who love and obey him) not see (whence is it
that they cannot discern) his (that is, God's) days? His times and
seasons which he takes for the punishment of ungodly men; which if
they were constant and fixed in this life, they would not be unknown
to good men, to whom God uses to reveal his secrets.
3: Pledge - Contrary to God's law, first written in mens hearts,
and afterwards in holy scripture, (Ex 22:26,27).
4: Way - Out of the path or place in which these oppressors walk and
range. They labour to keep out of their way for fear of their farther
injuries. Hide - For fear of these tyrants.
5: Wild asses - Which are lawless, and fierce, and greedy of prey.
Desert - Which is the proper habitation of wild asses. They - The
oppressors. Go - To spoil and rob.
6: They - The oppressors. Wicked - Of such as themselves: so they
promiscuously robbed all, even their brethren in iniquity.
7: Naked - Those whom they stripped of their garments and coverings.
8: Wet - With the rain - water, which runs down the rocks or mountains
into the caves, to which they fled for shelter. Rock - Are glad when they
can find a cleft of a rock in which they may have some protection against
9: They - The oppressors. Pluck - Out of covetousness; they will
not allow the mother time for the suckling of her infant.
10: The sheaf - That single sheaf which the poor man had got with the
sweat of his brow to satisfy his hunger.
11: Walls - Within the walls of the oppressors for their use.
Suffer - Because they are not permitted to quench their thirst out
of the wine which they make.
12: Groan - Under grievous oppressions. Soul - The life or blood
of those who are wounded to death, as this word properly signifies,
crieth aloud to God for vengeance. Yet - Yet God doth not punish them.
13: Light - As well the light of reason and conscience, as the light
of Divine revelation, which was then in good measure imparted to the
people of God, and shortly after committed to writing. Know not - They
do not approve, nor love, or chuse them.
14: Poor - Where he finds nothing to satisfy his covetousness,
he exercises his cruelty.
16: They - The robber: having on that occasion inserted the mention
of the adulterer as one who acted his sin in the same manner as the
night - thief did, he now returns to him again.
17: Is - Terrible and hateful.
18: Swift - That is, he quickly passeth away with all his glory,
as the waters which never stay in one place, but are always hasting
away. Portion - His habitation and estate which he left behind him.
He - He shall never more see or enjoy his vineyards, or other pleasant
places and things, which seem to be comprehended under this particular.
20: Womb - His mother that bare him in her womb. Wickedness - The
wicked man. Broken - Broken to pieces, or violently broken down, as the
word signifies. Tree - Which being once broken down never grows again.
21: He - He here returns to the declaration of his farther
wickednesses, the cause of these judgments. Barren - Barrenness was
esteemed a curse and reproach; and so he added affliction to the afflicted.
22: Draweth - Into his net.
23: Yet - Yet his eyes are upon their ways: although God gives
them such strange successes, yet he sees and observes them all, and
will in due time punish them.
24: The way - Out of this world. Other - They can no more prevent
or delay their death, than the meanest men in the world. Corn - In its
greatest height and maturity.