Job Chapter 14
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Matthew Henry's Job Chapter 14 Bible commentary...
Job speaks of man's life. (1-6) Of man's death. (7-15) By sin man is subject to corruption. (16-22)1-6 Job enlarges upon the condition of man, addressing himself also to God. Every man of Adam's fallen race is short-lived. All his show of beauty, happiness, and splendour falls before the stroke of sickness or death, as the flower before the scythe; or passes away like the shadow. How is it possible for a man's conduct to be sinless, when his heart is by nature unclean? Here is a clear proof that Job understood and believed the doctrine of original sin. He seems to have intended it as a plea, why the Lord should not deal with him according to his own works, but according to His mercy and grace. It is determined, in the counsel and decree of God, how long we shall live. Our times are in his hands, the powers of nature act under him; in him we live and move. And it is very useful to reflect seriously on the shortness and uncertainty of human life, and the fading nature of all earthly enjoyments. But it is still more important to look at the cause, and remedy of these evils. Until we are born of the Spirit, no spiritually good thing dwells in us, or can proceed from us. Even the little good in the regenerate is defiled with sin. We should therefore humble ourselves before God, and cast ourselves wholly on the mercy of God, through our Divine Surety. We should daily seek the renewing of the Holy Ghost, and look to heaven as the only place of perfect holiness and happiness.
7-15 Though a tree is cut down, yet, in a moist situation, shoots come forth, and grow up as a newly planted tree. But when man is cut off by death, he is for ever removed from his place in this world. The life of man may fitly be compared to the waters of a land flood, which spread far, but soon dry up. All Job's expressions here show his belief in the great doctrine of the resurrection. Job's friends proving miserable comforters, he pleases himself with the expectation of a change. If our sins are forgiven, and our hearts renewed to holiness, heaven will be the rest of our souls, while our bodies are hidden in the grave from the malice of our enemies, feeling no more pain from our corruptions, or our corrections.
16-22 Job's faith and hope spake, and grace appeared to revive; but depravity again prevailed. He represents God as carrying matters to extremity against him. The Lord must prevail against all who contend with him. God may send disease and pain, we may lose all comfort in those near and dear to us, every hope of earthly happiness may be destroyed, but God will receive the believer into realms of eternal happiness. But what a change awaits the prosperous unbeliever! How will he answer when God shall call him to his tribunal? The Lord is yet upon a mercy-seat, ready to be gracious. Oh that sinners would be wise, that they would consider their latter end! While man's flesh is upon him, that is, the body he is so loth to lay down, it shall have pain; and while his soul is within him, that is, the spirit he is so loth to resign, it shall mourn. Dying work is hard work; dying pangs often are sore pangs. It is folly for men to defer repentance to a death-bed, and to have that to do which is the one thing needful, when unfit to do anything.
Martha Prince's Job Chapter 14 comment on 4/07/2013, 4:33pm...
Paul also answered that question in Hebrews. Hebrews 9:27-28
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
Timothy Wayne George's Job Chapter 14 comment about verse 14 on 4/07/2013, 7:57am...
Job asked this question 4000 years ago, “if a man dies shall he live again?” The Lord Jesus answered it in John 11:25, 26; I am the resurrection, and the life, he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. So just like Job, we too must wait all the days of our appointed time, until our change shall come. John 5:25, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and they that hear shall live. So thank God that Jesus destroyed the last enemy death on the cross, and has brought immortality to light. Now because Jesus lives, we too shall live.
Minister trotter's Job Chapter 14 comment on 1/04/2013, 7:27am...
If we want to enjoy this life on earth, and then eternal life, we must be born again. That is precisely what Job 14 is explaining. Being Born again means spiritually crucifying, denying the flesh, the worldly sins, and also humbling one’s self.
Stan Almendro's Job Chapter 14 comment on 11/20/2012, 11:07pm...
One cannot help but begin to know that Eternity is real and mans' earthly existence is brief. The ironic thing is we spend ALL our energy preparing for the 70 years of BRIEF existence and hardly give Eternity or our preparing for eternity a thought. What is Man that THOU art Mindful of Him. God Bless. Stan
Ruth's Job Chapter 14 comment on 4/13/2012, 4:02am...
job 14 vs 7-10.there is hope even in the toughest situations. like a tree is cut down and dies but all of a sudden it brings forth very tender cute branch so God has changed your/my/our hopeless situations... Amen
Bro Excel Adas's Job Chapter 14 comment on 12/18/2011, 3:51pm...
i love that scripture so much because in Job14:7,9 & 15 tell us that will should not give up in life that will should hold on to God,will should not be disappointing that at the right time God will surly show up because he make all things beautiful at his own time that portion of the Bible is telling us to hold on to God that he will not fail us because he the same yesterday,today and forever,thanks and God bless you.
Bro Adabigbehe E.Igho.
Gospel's Job Chapter 14 comment on 8/28/2011, 4:16am...
job is a patience man
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