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Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at

Job Chapter 29

Job 29:2

job 29:2

Preserved - From all those miseries which now I feel.

Job 29:3

job 29:3

Darkness - I passed safely through many difficulties, and dangers, and common calamities.

Job 29:7

job 29:7

Seat - When I caused the seat of justice to be set for me. By this, and several other expressions, it appears that Job was a magistrate. Street - In that open place, near the gate, where the people assembled for the administration of justice.

Job 29:10

job 29:10

Cleaved - It lay as still as if he had done so.

Job 29:11

job 29:11

Witness - Gave testimony to my pious, and just, and blameless conversation.

Job 29:14

job 29:14

Put on, &c. - Perhaps he did not wear these: but his steady justice was to him instead of all those ornaments.

Job 29:18

job 29:18

Multiply - See how apt even good men are, to set death at a distance from them!

Job 29:20

job 29:20

Glory - My reputation was growing every day. Bow - My strength which is signified by a bow, Gen 49:24; Sa1 2:4, because in ancient times the bow and arrows were the principal instruments of war.

Job 29:22

job 29:22

Dropped - As the rain, which when it comes down gently upon the earth, is most acceptable and beneficial to it.

Job 29:24

job 29:24

Laughed - Carried myself so familiarly with them, that they could scarce believe their eyes and ears. Cast not down - They were cautious not to give me any occasion to change my countenance towards them.

Job 29:25

job 29:25

I chose - They sought to me for advice in all difficult cases, and I directed them what methods they should take. Sat - As a prince or judge, while they stood waiting for my counsel. A king - Whose presence puts life, and courage, into the whole army. As one - As I was ready to comfort any afflicted persons, so my consolations were always welcome to them.

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