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Job, after pausing a little while, shews, what comfort he formerly had
in his house and family, ver. 1 - 6.
What honour and power he had in his country, ver. 7 - 10.
What good he did as a magistrate, ver. 11 - 17.
And what a prospect he had of the continuance of his prosperity,
ver. 18 - 25
2: Preserved - From all those miseries which now I feel.
3: Darkness - I passed safely through many difficulties, and dangers,
and common calamities.
7: Seat - When I caused the seat of justice to be set for me.
By this, and several other expressions, it appears that Job was a
magistrate. Street - In that open place, near the gate, where the
people assembled for the administration of justice.
10: Cleaved - It lay as still as if he had done so.
11: Witness - Gave testimony to my pious, and just, and blameless
14: Put on, &c. - Perhaps he did not wear these: but his steady
justice was to him instead of all those ornaments.
18: Multiply - See how apt even good men are, to set death at a
distance from them!
20: Glory - My reputation was growing every day. Bow - My strength
which is signified by a bow, (Ge 49:24,1Sa 2:4), because in
ancient times the bow and arrows were the principal instruments of war.
22: Dropped - As the rain, which when it comes down gently upon the
earth, is most acceptable and beneficial to it.
24: Laughed - Carried myself so familiarly with them, that they could
scarce believe their eyes and ears. Cast not down - They were cautious
not to give me any occasion to change my countenance towards them.
25: I chose - They sought to me for advice in all difficult cases,
and I directed them what methods they should take. Sat - As a prince or
judge, while they stood waiting for my counsel. A king - Whose presence
puts life, and courage, into the whole army. As one - As I was ready to
comfort any afflicted persons, so my consolations were always welcome