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Bible Commentaries
Job 28

Bullinger's Companion Bible NotesBullinger's Companion Notes

Verse 1

Surely. This is the continuation of Zophar's last address. Not Job's words. Compare Job 35:16 ; Job 38:2 . They are opposed to his own words, and confirm those of his friends. Compare his second address, Job 20:1-29 .

is = doth exist.

vein = outlet: i.e. mine, or shaft.

Verse 2

earths = dust.

Verse 3

he = man: i.e. the miner.

Verse 4

men = mortal men.

Verse 8

lion's whelps = sons of pride: i.e. ravenous beasts. nor = and . . . not.

Verse 9

rock = flint.

Verse 22

Destruction. Hebrew. Abaddon.

Verse 23

winds. Hebrew. ruach. App-9 .

Verse 28

the fear = the reverence.

the LORD* . One of the 134 alterations of the Sopherim ( App-32 ), by which the name "Jehovah" in the primitive text, was changed to Adonai.

that is wisdom. This was a libel on Job, for Job had this "fear" or reverence; yet he was suffering. That was the very point in question, and leads up to the answer. This was Zophar's philosophy. The fear of the LORD is not true wisdom; it is only "the beginning of wisdom" (Psalms 111:10 . Proverbs 1:7 ; Proverbs 9:10 ). True wisdom is to take the place of the sinner before God, and Job takes this place (Job 42:5 , Job 42:6 ). This is "the end of the LORD" (James 5:11 ), and it is "the end" of this book. This wisdom "justifies God" (Psalms 51:3 , Psalms 51:4 , Psalms 51:6 . Matthew 11:19 . Luke 7:35 ). True wisdom is "given", and we have to be "made" to know it (Proverbs 30:24 . 2 Timothy 3:15 . 2Ti 38:36 ). Compare Job 33:27 , Job 33:28 ; Job 34:31 ; Job 35:11 ; Job 39:17 . Zophar's was human wisdom founded on human merit. To depart from evil is what every prudent man would do from good policy.

Bibliographical Information
Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Job 28". "Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/job-28.html. 1909-1922.
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