The Geneva Bible Translation Notes, , at sacred-texts.com
job 19:3These (a) ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed [that] ye make yourselves strange to me.
(a) That is, many times, as in (Neh 4:12).
job 19:4And be it indeed [that] I have erred, mine error (b) remaineth with myself.
(b) That is, I myself will be punished for it, or you have not yet consulted it.
job 19:6Know now that God hath (c) overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net.
(c) He breaks out again into his passions and declares still that his affliction comes from God though he is not able to feel the cause in himself.
job 19:8He hath fenced up my way that I cannot (d) pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths.
(d) Meaning, out of his afflictions.
job 19:9He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the (e) crown [from] my head.
(e) Meaning, his children, and whatever was dear to him in this world.
job 19:10He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like (f) a tree.
(f) Which is plucked up, and has no more hope to grow.
job 19:12His (g) troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle.
(g) His manifold afflictions.
job 19:15(h) They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight.
(h) My household servants by all these losses Job shows that touching the flesh he had great opportunity to be moved.
job 19:17My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children's [sake] of mine (i) own body.
(i) Which were hers and mine.
job 19:20My bone (k) cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
(k) Besides these great losses and most cruel unkindness, he was touched in his own person as follows.
job 19:21Have pity upon me, have (m) pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.
(m) Seeing I have these just causes to complain, condemn me not as a hypocrite, especially you who should comfort me.
job 19:22Why do ye persecute me as (n) God, and are not satisfied with my (o) flesh?
(n) Is it not enough that God punishes me, unless you by reproaching increase my sorrow?
(o) To see my body punished, unless you trouble my mind?
job 19:24That they were graven with (p) an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
(p) He protests that despite his sore passions his religion is perfect and that he in not a blasphemer as they judged him.
job 19:25For I know [that] my (q) redeemer liveth, and [that] he shall stand at the latter [day] upon the earth:
(q) I do not so justify myself before the world, but I know that I will come before the great judge who will be my deliverer and Saviour.
job 19:26And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy this [body], yet (r) in my flesh shall I see God:
(r) In this Job declares plainly that he had a full hope, that both the soul and body would enjoy the presence of God in the last resurrection.
job 19:28But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the (s) matter is found in me?
(s) Though his friends thought that he was only persecuted by God for his sins, yet he declares that there was a deeper consideration that is, the trial of his faith and patience, and so to be an example for others.
job 19:29Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath [bringeth] the (t) punishments of the sword, that ye may know [there is] a judgment.
(t) God will be avenged of this harsh judgment by which you condemned me.