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Bible Commentaries

Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Job 35

Verses 1-16

Job 35:2 . My righteousness is more than God’s. The LXX react as the Hebrew, “Thou saidest, I am righteous before God.” Elihu makes too strong an inference from Job’s words, when he said, Job 33:9, “I am clean without transgression: I am innocent” of all those things with which you tacitly charge me.

Job 35:5 . Look unto the heavens. Elihu in the rest of his speech refers Job to the grandeur of God in the heavens, to humble him before his Maker.

Job 35:10 . Who giveth songs in the night. God inspires good men with good thoughts and dreams; and while they meditate on their beds, he satisfies their souls as with marrow and fatness. Psalms 63:5. The LXX, “Who appoints [his angels] keepers of the night:” or as the Chaldaic, “Before whose presence the highest angels are ordained to praise in the night.” The sybils, pythonesses, or virgins, while guarding the holy fire in their temples, are mentioned as passing away the watches of the night in sacred songs. Gregory turns this to the joys with which God inspires his saints in the gloom of persecution. David says that God satisfied his soul when he remembered him in the night, as with marrow and fatness. Such should be our employment, especially when sleep is denied us in the night.

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Sutcliffe, Joseph. "Commentary on Job 35". Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments. 1835.