Bible Commentaries

Geneva Study Bible

Job 18

Verse 2

How long [will it be ere] a ye make an end of words? b mark, and afterwards we will speak.

(a) Who count yourselves just as (Job 12:4).

(b) Whom you take to be only beasts, as in (Job 12:7).

Verse 4

c He teareth himself in his anger: shall the d earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be removed out of his place?

(c) That is, like a madman.

(d) Shall God change the order of nature for your sake, by dealing with you otherwise than he does with all man?

Verse 5

Yea, the light of the wicked shall be e put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.

(e) When the wicked is in his prosperity, then God changes his state: and this is his ordinary working for their sins.

Verse 8

For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he f walketh upon a snare.

(f) Meaning, that the wicked are in continual danger.

Verse 12

His strength shall be g hungerbitten, and destruction [shall be] ready at his side.

(g) That which should nourish him will be consumed by famine.

Verse 13

It shall devour the strength of his skin: [even] the h firstborn of death shall devour his strength.

(h) That is, some strong and violent death will consume his strength: or as the Hebrew word signifies his members or parts.

Verse 14

His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the i king of terrors.

(i) That is, with great fear.

Verse 15

It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because [it is] none of his: l brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.

(l) Though all the world would favour him, yet God would destroy him and his.

Verse 18

He shall be driven from m light into darkness, and chased out of the world.

(m) He will fall from prosperity to adversity.

Verse 20

They that come after [him] shall be astonied at his n day, as they that went before were affrighted.

(n) When they will see what came to him.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Job 18". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". 1599-1645.