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1 Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,

2 As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;

3 All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;

4 My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.

5 God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.

6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

7 Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous.

8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?

9 Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?

10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?

11 I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.

12 Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus altogether vain?

13 This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty.

14 If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.

15 Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.

16 Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;

17 He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.

18 He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh.

19 The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not.

20 Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night.

21 The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place.

22 For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand.

23 Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.

Commentary for Job 27

Job protests his sincerity. (1-6) The hypocrite is without hope. (7-10) The miserable end of the wicked. (11-23)1-6 Job's friends now suffered him to speak, and he proceeded in a grave and useful manner. Job had confidence in the goodness both of his cause and of his God; and cheerfully committed his cause to him. But Job had not due reverence when he spake of God as taking away his judgment, and vexing his soul. To resolve that our hearts shall not reproach us, while we hold fast our integrity, baffles the designs of the evil spirit.

7-10 Job looked upon the condition of a hypocrite and a wicked man, to be most miserable. If they gained through life by their profession, and kept up their presumptuous hope till death, what would that avail when God required their souls? The more comfort we find in our religion, the more closely we shall cleave to it. Those who have no delight in God, are easily drawn away by the pleasures, and easily overcome by the crosses of this life.

11-23 Job's friends, on the same subject, spoke of the misery of wicked men before death as proportioned to their crimes; Job considered that if it were not so, still the consequences of their death would be dreadful. Job undertook to set this matter in a true light. Death to a godly man, is like a fair gale of wind to convey him to the heavenly country; but, to a wicked man, it is like a storm, that hurries him away to destruction. While he lived, he had the benefit of sparing mercy; but now the day of God's patience is over, and he will pour out upon him his wrath. When God casts down a man, there is no flying from, nor bearing up under his anger. Those who will not now flee to the arms of Divine grace, which are stretched out to receive them, will not be able to flee from the arms of Divine wrath, which will shortly be stretched out to destroy them. And what is a man profited if he gain the whole world, and thus lose his own soul?

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Job 27

  • BSP on Job 27
    Job didn't know if his illness was going to take his life, but until he lost his life he was going to maintain his integrity.
  • Bella on Job 27
    We can in verse 27 how Job did not allow others to make him think that he had failed as an integrity keeper. Job set a good example for us of cultivating a strong love for Jehovah God.
  • Cleveland Smith on Job 27
    Thank you job for your message, ,, I love Jesus with all my heart! ! I pray for the poor. . There hungry their thirsty we need to do more cloth them, ,.. Jesus I pray that we do more too glorify your name. Amen. .
  • Bob K on Job 27:6
    To these men trying to point out His problems, he said, I 'm going to hang on to my righteousness. I 'm not going to omit I 'm wrong. This hardness develops quickly within self-righteous people. to the point they won 't let anyone tell them what to do. Read the parable of the publican Luke,18:10-11
  • Zina on Job 27:17
    Over whelming powerful. I see all job was saying of the father and his majesty. I see the evil he speaks of today in our world. How the poor keep getting poorer and The hungry and the naked are not fed yet or clothed yet. With all the billionares in this world nothing has changed and will not. UNTIL ALL THOSE WHO DO NOT CONTRIBUTE BUT POLLUTE AND CORRUPT ARE NO MORE.
  • BSP on Job 27:5
    Job was such an excellent example of displaying integrity Job went through so many difficult situations all at the same time but he maintained his loyalty to Jehovah God This is an encouraging example for us to keep our integrity to God no matter what we face
  • Nino maina on Job 27
    We should give as we receive.


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Job's argument in these words is wrong: 'If his children be multiplied, [it is] for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread. Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.' Which book explains how God looks at and treats the children of wicked people?
  • Isaiah 27
  • Revelation 20
  • Ezekiel 18
  • John 21