| 1 ¶ And Job answered
.2 No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.
3 But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?
4 I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.
5 He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.
| 1 -
answered This is part of a discourse continuing through chapter
2 - Wisdom shall die They had claimed to know and Job speaks sarcastically.
5 - Ready to slip The verse is better translated as "In the thought of one who is as ease there is contempt for misfortune." (RSV) We need to be sensitive to those in need.
¶ The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are
secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.
.7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?
10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
11 Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?
| 6 -
... Robbers prosper Job shows that the matter of fact opposes
Zophar's theory (Job
11:14,19,20) that wickedness causes insecurity in men's "tabernacles."
On the contrary, they who rob the "tabernacles" ('dwellings') of others
"prosper securely" in their own.-'" (JFB Commentary).
6 - Into whose hand The Hebrew is uncertain.
¶ With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.
.13 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.
14 Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.
15 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.
- Ancient From the next verse we see that Job is speaking
of God. Daniel saw the "Ancient of days." da0709.
14 - He breaketh Acts of destruction are under God's control although the evil one may be acting.
| 16 With him is strength and
wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.
17 He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools.
18 He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.
.19 He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.
20 He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.
21 He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.
22 He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.
23 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.
|19 - Princes From kohanim, literally "priests."|
| 24 He taketh away the heart
of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in
a wilderness where there is no way.
25 They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.