Commentary for Job 23

Job complains that God has withdrawn. (1-7) He asserts his own integrity. (8-12) The Divine terrors. (13-17)1-7 Job appeals from his friends to the just judgement of God. He wants to have his cause tried quickly. Blessed be God, we may know where to find him. He is in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself; and upon a mercy-seat, waiting to be gracious. Thither the sinner may go; and there the believer may order his cause before Him, with arguments taken from his promises, his covenant, and his glory. A patient waiting for death and judgment is our wisdom and duty, and it cannot be without a holy fear and trembling. A passionate wishing for death or judgement is our sin and folly, and ill becomes us, as it did Job.

8-12 Job knew that the Lord was every where present; but his mind was in such confusion, that he could get no fixed view of God's merciful presence, so as to find comfort by spreading his case before him. His views were all gloomy. God seemed to stand at a distance, and frown upon him. Yet Job expressed his assurance that he should be brought forth, tried, and approved, for he had obeyed the precepts of God. He had relished and delighted in the truths and commandments of God. Here we should notice that Job justified himself rather than God, or in opposition to him, ch. #32:2|. Job might feel that he was clear from the charges of his friends, but boldly to assert that, though visited by the hand of God, it was not a chastisement of sin, was his error. And he is guilty of a second, when he denies that there are dealings of Providence with men in this present life, wherein the injured find redress, and the evil are visited for their sins.

13-17 As Job does not once question but that his trials are from the hand of God, and that there is no such thing as chance, how does he account for them? The principle on which he views them is, that the hope and reward of the faithful servants of God are only laid up in another life; and he maintains that it is plain to all, that the wicked are not treated according to their deserts in this life, but often directly the reverse. But though the obtaining of mercy, the first-fruits of the Spirit of grace, pledges a God, who will certainly finish the work which he has began; yet the afflicted believer is not to conclude that all prayer and entreaty will be in vain, and that he should sink into despair, and faint when he is reproved of Him. He cannot tell but the intention of God in afflicting him may be to produce penitence and prayer in his heart. May we learn to obey and trust the Lord, even in tribulation; to live or die as he pleases: we know not for what good ends our lives may be shortened or prolonged.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Job 23

  • Anne
    Although Job may not fully understand what he is going through, he still has his trust in God. when God is silent let us continue to have faith and trust in him for He is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, creator.
  • Issac Richardson
    God is very understanding in your times of trouble. Just stay preyed up and keep him first in all you do. God is head of my life. Amen 🙏🏿
  • James, minister
    Our gracious God is sovereign and knows the trials that each of us will face.We will have to take righteous steps that
    wiil become the stability in which the end can show us it was God all the time.We did not contributed nor blamed for how
    God will turn us into a perfect body of people that believe!
  • Ahuwa Chiamaka
    God is our refuge in the time of trouble because He strengthens us to overcome them all
  • Catherine for verse 10
    ''He knoweth the way that I take '' God sees me is in control as I trust him
  • "My foot hath held his steps". It is interesting to note that the author stated, my foot holding the steps of God and not his feet holding the steps of God. What I feel the spirit of God is saying is that, along with walking, our feet also help us maintain physical balance of our bodies. Especially if we, the body of Christ, are pushed or stumble while walking along a path, the path God has ordained us to walk. When I realize that I am in trouble, because one of my feet is straying from God's chosen path, one foot stays firmly planted while the other foot is trying to help maintain balance until both feet are again firmly planted following the steps of God.
  • Jacqueline Evans for verse 5
    Job23 is. a powerful book.It enables me to know that even though God is silent he is still working on my behalf.
  • Damallie
    Job Chapter 23
    Is teaching all of us because no one in the world is not tested by God. To prove my theory Jesus taught us that we pray that don't lead us in temptation but deliver us from the evil.
    How do we know the testing from above beyond our understanding? We have to bear our pain without complaint but to be calm and not to give up believing. Job was a good man of God so he suffered for us in order to learn from him.
    That's why these peoples mentioned in the Bible are the chosen one of Israel.
  • Richard
    Candy go back to the beginning and read the beginning of the Bible were Adam and Eve read the first three chapters at the verse 5..Keep reading from there don't stop by the time you get back to job you will see the truth of all there...
  • Candy
    Job was man in great distress. This was a trouble/trial allowed by God. I don't know pain to the degree that Job knew pain, but I know pain. I can't claim the perfect and uprightness of Job because I have had my failings in life. After having said that, I have know the pain and confusion of trials that make no sense to me. I have known the confusion of unexplained happenings. I now know the pain of confusion and despair. I also have known the fear of spiritual agression. I feel comfort from reading Job's response to his trial and the pain of it.


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Bible Trivia

At some point, Job realizes that God is testing him. If Job succeeds in this test, with what does he then compares himself?
  • With the whiteness of snow.
  • With the pure-hearted children.
  • With pure gold.
  • With the angels.