Job Chapter 5
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Matthew Henry's Job Chapter 5 Bible commentary...
Eliphaz urges that the sin of sinners in their ruin. (1-5) God is to be regarded in affliction. (6-16) The happy end of God's correction. (17-27)1-5 Eliphaz here calls upon Job to answer his arguments. Were any of the saints or servants of God visited with such Divine judgments as Job, or did they ever behave like him under their sufferings? The term, "saints," holy, or more strictly, consecrated ones, seems in all ages to have been applied to the people of God, through the Sacrifice slain in the covenant of their reconciliation. Eliphaz doubts not that the sin of sinners directly tends to their ruin. They kill themselves by some lust or other; therefore, no doubt, Job has done some foolish thing, by which he has brought himself into this condition. The allusion was plain to Job's former prosperity; but there was no evidence of Job's wickedness, and the application to him was unfair and severe.
6-16 Eliphaz reminds Job, that no affliction comes by chance, nor is to be placed to second causes. The difference between prosperity and adversity is not so exactly observed, as that between day and night, summer and winter; but it is according to the will and counsel of God. We must not attribute our afflictions to fortune, for they are from God; nor our sins to fate, for they are from ourselves. Man is born in sin, and therefore born to trouble. There is nothing in this world we are born to, and can truly call our own, but sin and trouble. Actual transgressions are sparks that fly out of the furnace of original corruption. Such is the frailty of our bodies, and the vanity of all our enjoyments, that our troubles arise thence as the sparks fly upward; so many are they, and so fast does one follow another. Eliphaz reproves Job for not seeking God, instead of quarrelling with him. Is any afflicted? let him pray. It is heart's ease, a salve for every sore. Eliphaz speaks of rain, which we are apt to look upon as a little thing; but if we consider how it is produced, and what is produced by it, we shall see it to be a great work of power and goodness. Too often the great Author of all our comforts, and the manner in which they are conveyed to us, are not noticed, because they are received as things of course. In the ways of Providence, the experiences of some are encouragements to others, to hope the best in the worst of times; for it is the glory of God to send help to the helpless, and hope to the hopeless. And daring sinners are confounded, and forced to acknowledge the justice of God's proceedings.
17-27 Eliphaz gives to Job a word of caution and exhortation: Despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty. Call it a chastening, which comes from the Father's love, and is for the child's good; and notice it as a messenger from Heaven. Eliphaz also encourages Job to submit to his condition. A good man is happy though he be afflicted, for he has not lost his enjoyment of God, nor his title to heaven; nay, he is happy because he is afflicted. Correction mortifies his corruptions, weans his heart from the world, draws him nearer to God, brings him to his Bible, brings him to his knees. Though God wounds, yet he supports his people under afflictions, and in due time delivers them. Making a wound is sometimes part of a cure. Eliphaz gives Job precious promises of what God would do for him, if he humbled himself. Whatever troubles good men may be in, they shall do them no real harm. Being kept from sin, they are kept from the evil of trouble. And if the servants of Christ are not delivered from outward troubles, they are delivered by them, and while overcome by one trouble, they conquer all. Whatever is maliciously said against them shall not hurt them. They shall have wisdom and grace to manage their concerns. The greatest blessing, both in our employments and in our enjoyments, is to be kept from sin. They shall finish their course with joy and honour. That man lives long enough who has done his work, and is fit for another world. It is a mercy to die seasonably, as the corn is cut and housed when fully ripe; not till then, but then not suffered to stand any longer. Our times are in God's hands; it is well they are so. Believers are not to expect great wealth, long life, or to be free from trials. But all will be ordered for the best. And remark from Job's history, that steadiness of mind and heart under trial, is one of the highest attainments of faith. There is little exercise for faith when all things go well. But if God raises a storm, permits the enemy to send wave after wave, and seemingly stands aloof from our prayers, then, still to hang on and trust God, when we cannot trace him, this is the patience of the saints. Blessed Saviour! how sweet it is to look unto thee, the Author and Finisher of faith, in such moments!
Juanita smith's Job Chapter 5 comment about verse 8 on 10/13/2013, 11:12am...
Love to read and know the life of job.
Evelyn grote's Job Chapter 5 comment on 3/20/2013, 12:00am...
Even Amid all troubles, I still pray to God and also go to church. Job was a man of God that he believed God and that keeps me strong in God.
George's Job Chapter 5 comment on 3/10/2013, 7:26pm...
Praise the name of Jesus! Ha Le Lu Jah! Everything is from The Lord through Jesus Christ our saviour. Have faith and pray to The Lord Daily. The Lord knows everything we need; as it is written in the Holy Bible. Under trial and tribulation, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Amen!!! I will bless you all accordingly to the riches of His Glory, as we glorify The Lord in truth and in spirit. Amen!!!
Sunday akinz's Job Chapter 5 comment on 10/13/2012, 1:28pm...
I believe every difficulty one is paving through at the moment, is a lesson of Job, with strong mind and faith in God all will be well, and every old thing of our life will surely pass away and all things will be new, new memory, new beginning, new world, new prosperity, a new life that will not remind us of the past....I believe in my creator.
UZOMA UBANI's Job Chapter 5 comment on 5/20/2012, 1:03pm...
i think that with GOD all things are possible even the most difficult time in our life. an still praying that GOD will save my sister whom is seriously seek now and he will make the same miracle that happened to job will take place in her life in the name of our lord JESUS CHRIST EMEN
CAROLYN SMITH-WHITE's Job Chapter 5 comment on 3/21/2012, 11:41am...
THAT OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR IS ALWAYS WITH US, THROUGH EVERY STORM HE PROMISE TO NEVER LEAVE US ALONE. WE MUST PUT OUR FAITH, HOPE AND TRUST IN GOD. THIS TO SHALL PAST. THANK YOU GOD FOR LOVING US SO MUCH.
Ruth Klein's Job Chapter 5 comment about verse 19 on 2/14/2012, 5:47am...
That is the beauty and mystery of our Lord and Saviour!
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