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Bible Commentaries

Gaebelein's Annotated Bible

Job 29

Verses 1-25


1. His past prosperity and honors (Job 29:1-10 )

2. The good works he did (Job 29:11-25 )

Job 29:1-10 . The words spoken by Job were wholesome words, showing that his mind was moving in another channel, but now he reverts to the old complaint in self-occupation, self-pity and self-vindication. What a horrible thing this old self? And before the sun can scatter his dark night, that self must be laid into the dust of self-abhorrence. And so we hear him review the past. Some 20 times he says “I” in this chapter. It reminds one of the man in Romans 7:1-25 with his “I.” Retrospect is good if it is done with praise and in humility. Not once does Job utter a word of praise. It is all spoken to remind his friends, as well as himself, what a great man he was. How often it is with the Lord’s servants, that they live in the past and then nourish a most subtle pride.

Job 29:11-25 . What a prominent place he used to occupy and the good works he did! The words need no further comment; what he means is on the surface. He glories in his good character and in his good works. Self is triumphant. His friends well knew that every word he spoke of his past greatness was true and not a lie.

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Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on Job 29". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". 1913-1922.