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place beholds him no more.—Ipipp, which / retains it in his palate.-The tenacity with is doubtless the subject of b, is here construed as which the evil-doer persists in the lustful enjoya feminine, as in Gen. xviii. 24; 2 Sam. xvii. 12. ment of his wickedness, is set forth by five paVer. 10. Bis children must seek to please rallel and essentially synonymous expressions

accumulated together. the poor.—137, 3d plur. Piel from 1787

Ver. 14. (Nevertheless) bis food is changed propitiate, appease, synonymous with an in his bowels-into what is explained in the 19???, an expression which is to be understood second member. The poison of asps is in a sense altogether general, and not specifi- within him.-77? (=778, chap. xvi. 13), cally of asking alms [Barnes: “they would be lit. “gall,” is used here for "poison,"_because beggars of beggars”] nor of appeasing by the the ancients used interchangeably terms repreuse of money, although the second member ap- senting the bitter and the poisonous; comp. proximates the latter meaning quite closely. wxr=a bitter, poisonous plant and the poison The ancient versions read 134, or 433? (from of serpents, in ver. 16; Deut. xxxii. 33. The pyn), and thus obtained the meaning, which is word is naturally chosen here as antithetic to far less suitable, “ His sons (object) the lowly 16.]

pinon, verse 12 [On d'una see below, ver. smite down.” [Ewald, adopting this definition

Ver. 15. He hath swallowed down riches. for the verb, and amending up to 1 trans

-Yin, "possessions, riches, property,” without lates: “his fists smote down the weak”].And his hands (must) give back his the accompanying notion of forcible acquisition wealth: to wit, by the hands of his children, which rather first makes its appearance in who will have to appease the creditors of their w97. God will cast them forth again out father. ["The suffix in 1'7' might refer back of his belly-i.e., his riches, or that which he in the way of individualization, to the plural in Las swallowed. The greedy devourer of wealth D'Ja (s0 Noyes); but against this is the fact that will be made to vomit it forth, as by pains of also in the following verge the wicked man is the

colic. subject of the discourse.” Schlott.}. The mean- substituted ayyeroc here for Jeós; in Zophar's

The LXX., from motives of decorum, ing would be much less simple if (with Carey; mouth, however, the latter word need not surDillmann) [Bernard, Renan, Lee), « his hands were understood literally, and after the pre

prise us. ceding mention of his death we were carried in order to describe more minutely the effect of

Ver. 16 returns back to the figure of ver. 146 back here to the period of his life. Ver. 11. His bones were full of youthful sucked in the poison of asps), the tongue

the poison wbich he had been enjoying. [He vigor (80 correctly the LXX., Targ., Pesh.- of adders slays him—the iongue being rewhile the Vulg., Rosenm., Vaih., etc., understand it of "secret sins,” and comp. Ps. Ac. 8); (Ps. cxl. 4 [3]), the original figure being at the

garded as the seat or container of the poison (Jerome, however, followed, by E. V., Lee, and Barnes, combining the two ideas of sin' and same time changed, and the fatal bite taking the

place of the deadly draught; comp. Prov. xxiii. youth, while Renan, Good, Wemyss, Carey, Tom. 32. (ina, LXX. ảonis; according to some, e.g., Dillmann, Schlott., Rodwell, Words., Con., Ber., Kitto, Pictorial Bible, the boeten of the Arabs, Elz., with Gen. and Fürst agree with the Lxx., about a foot long, spotted black and white, the etc.].--and it lies down with him in the bite instantly fatal; according to others, the el. dust; or “it is laid down,” viz., his youthful Haje of the Arabs, from three to five feet long, vigor; for the use of 37pn referring back to bling ibe cobra di capello in its power of swell

dark green, with oblique bands of brown, resem!, comp. ch. xiv. 19; Ps. ciii. 56. For ing the neck and rising on its tail in striking its "dust,” meaning the “grave," comp. ch. xix. prey. The Myox cannot be determined. See 25; xvii. 16.

the Dictionaries and Cyclopædias, “Asp," Second Strophe: Vers. 12–16. A description per,” “Serpent," etc. ] of the perishableness of the ungodly man's pros. Third Strophe: Vers. 17–22. [The evil doer perity by a comparison with poison, sweet to cannot enjoy his prosperity-for he must restore the taste, but deadly in its results.

his ill-gotten gains.] Vers. 12, 13 are the protasis dependent on DX Ver. 17. He may not delight in the sight ver. 14 seq., the apodosis.—Ver. 12. Though of (2 7787 as in chap. iii. 9) brooks streams, evil tastes sweet in his mouth (Pinan lit., rivers of honey and cream.

1.-[The negative “makes sweet," Ewald, 2 122, c [Green, & 79, 78 and the apocopated XT express the concur2]); he hides it under his tongue, i. e., does not swallow it down, in order to enjoy the rence of the speaker’s moral judgment and feel.

They are sweet taste of it so much the longer [“ the evil. ing with the affirmation of the fact doer likened to an epicure,” Delitzsch.-Renan:

a mental Amen 10 the prediction.-F.) After Comme un bonbon qu' on laisse fondre dans la niaba in the absol. state there follow in apposibouche]. Ver. 13. He is sparing of it (yon to in- which form an assonance, and are co-ordinate.

, ), dulge, to spare, here with y, the preposition [Dillmann: "It is a more poetic artistic exprescommonly used with verbs of covering, protect- sion than the simple 77891 77731 W37977)." ing, guarding) and does not let it go, and Hupfeld conjectures that '777) may be a gloss.

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See Gesen. § 255, 3 a.). “Honey and milk” (or of '?, are (a) That of the E. V.: “Because he here, by way of gradation, “cream,” comp. Isa. hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor: bevii. 15, 22) are a familiar figurative expression cause he bath violently taken away a house which denoting luxurious prosperity, as in Ex. iii. 8, he builded not; surely he shall not,” etc.; which 17, and often; found also in the ancient classical

cannot be justified in rendering a differently in poets, in their descriptions of the golden age; e. g. Theocritus, Idyll . V. 124 seq.; Ovid, Metam. Rodwell, who introduce the apodosis in 20h.

ver. 19 and in ver. 20. (6) That of Noyes and I 111 seq.: Flumina jam lactis, jam flumina nectaris ibant; comp. Virgil, Ecl. lv. 30; Horace, (c) That of Good, Lee, Wemyss, Carey,—which Epod. 16, 47.

assumes the apodosis to be introduced by 12-hy Ver. 18. Giving back that which he has in ver. 21 6.—E.). labored for 07, subst. synonymous with ??) Ver. 20. For ('? co-ordinate to that at the be[the participial clause IH Jä? coming first, and ginning of the preceding verse) he knew no assigning the reason for what follows] he en

rest in his belly: the seat of his gluttony or joys it not-lit. he gwallows it not, he will not avarice. 150 here a substantive (differently be happy. According to the property of his

from chap. xvi. 12, where it is an adjective), syexchange (1775m as in chap. xv. 31) he rejoices not-i.e., in accordance with the fact nonymous with a bo, Prov. xvii. 1. For the that he employed sinful, unjust means of ex sentiment comp. Isa. lix. 8. [E. V.; "he shall change, in order to gain temporal possessions not feel quietness,” etc., overlooks the distinction and enjoyments, he has no pleasure in tbe latter, he mut lack the joy which he had promised of tenses in the verse: yTPerfect, why? Imhimself in them, So correctly Ewald, Delitzsch, perf. Whether we translate ? "for" or robeDillmann, etc.; wbile Hirzel and others [E. V. cause,'

," there is a relation of antecedent and Lee, Bernard, Renan, Rodwell], following the consequent between a and b. This has been the Targum, translate as though instead of sona ewldoer's character,insatiable voracity; this ingan, the passage read na isina (“a8 bis —E.] (Therefore) he shall not escape with possessions, so his exchange,' i. e., his restitu- his dearest treasure.—who without an obtion). Gesenius, Schlottmann [Conant, Elzas] render: “as his property that is to be exchanged, ject=to escape, like wha, chap. xxiii. 7; i.e., to be restored” (similarly Hupfeld: sicut also=05) un, comp. Amos ii. 15. The ) in yields a strained sense [and is also contrary to ona is the 3 of accompaniment or of possesthe relative independence of the separate lines sion, as in chap. xix. 20. [Not, therefore, inof the verse, which our poet almost always pre- strumental (Schlottmann—the object conceived serves, and is also opposed by the interposing of as the instrument), nor partitive: “of all his

delights he shall save nothing” (Conant). The of you go to be.” Del. Carey explains: “to the rendering of Carey, Elzas, etc.: in his appetite full amount of its value,” taking Son in the sense he let (or lets) nothing escape," is inadmissible of "power,” or “fullness”-ı doubtful signifi- on account of the passive form of vion, which cation when used in connection with property. signifies not the act, but the object, of desire. To be noted is ony in our Book for ry or

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Ver. 21. Nothing escaped his greediness .

[or gluttony]: lit. “there is nought of a reVer. 19. For he crushed, abandoned the mainder (or of that which has escaped] to his poor-i. e., maltreated with persistent injustice food-comp. ch. xviii. 19. [, the unprotected and defenceless. He has taken 38 (E. V. “meat"); hence, more literally still houses (lit. "a house." collective) for his plunder, and builded them not-i. e., has than above: “there is nothing that has escaped not re-builded them, has not reached the point his eating”]. Therefore his wealth shall of reconstructing and fitting them up according not endure.-ben, as in Ps. 2. 5. means “to to his own taste, because he was not allowed to

be solid, powerful, enduring.” 210, “wealth," retain permanent possession of them. Against

or also “prosperity,” as inch. xxi. 16. [E. V.: the rendering of the Targ., Vulg., etc., also of

“no man shall look for bis goods," which can Hupfeld (and E.V.]: "be has plundered a house which he builded not,” it may be urged that in only mean (with son'), no one shall wait for his

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property as his heir,-a meaning both less sim

ple and less suitable than the above.] causal relation in which the first member is Ver. 22. In the fullness of his superfluity placed to the second by Delitzsch: “because he it is strait with him-i. l., distress overtakes cast down, let the destituite lie helpless, he shall him, meaning external poverty (not internal annot, in case he has seized a house, build it up” guish, etc.), as b shows. The Inf. constr. not build up”) is indicated with too little clear-17sp (written like dixap, Judg. viii. 1), from ness by the 's at the beginning of the verse, and we'bo, after the analogy of 75, verbs; comp. yields a meaning entirely too artificial. [Other Gesen. 275 [274], Rems. 20 and 21 [Green, constructions, according to the causal rendering 1 &166, 2]. Twith retracted tone for 78.. [on

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account of the following monosyllable.” DEL.); | him what can satisfy him."-Schlottm.: "Such comp. Gen. xxxii. 8; Ewald, 8232 6.-Every a rain of fire, figuratively speaking, is to be the hand of a wretched one (comp. chap. iii. 20) food of the ungodly, instead of the former dainty comes upon him (comp. chap. xv. 21)-viz.: 10 morsel of wickedness (comp. vers. 12, 13).”— inflict retribution on him for the violence suf- Wordsworth: “He surfeited himself with rapine, fered at his hands, or in order to demand of him and God will make him surfeit with His revenge.' plundered property. [The primary reference is - Carey: “Just as in Ps. xi. 6, the wicked are doubtless to the victims of his own rapacity, al. said to drink snares, fire and brimstone, so here though we may give it, with Delitzsch, a more the glutton shall have them for food.”] It is general application: “the rich uncompassionate possible also to refer the suffix to God. Much man becomes a defenceless prey of the proleta- too artificial is the rendering of the Targ., Abenries."] So according to the reading Spy, comp. upon him into his flesh,” — although to be sure

Ezra, Gerson, Delitzsch: “He causeth it to rain chap. iii. 20. If, following the LXX. and the ons might in accordance with Zeph. i. 17 mean Vulg. (with Eichhorn, De Wette, etc.), we read

“flesh." [In Zeph., however, the parallelism : , we obtain the meaning-in itself indeed and their blood' is poured forth as dust, and admissible, but less in harmony with vers. 19– their flesh (opr?) as dung,” makes the applihim.” [So Rodwell

. Bernard, Noyes and Renan cation clear; whereas here the whole context take go as in chap. xxxiii. 2, for wound” or points to the usual literal application.-E.]— “blow;' and translate: "every blow of misfor; viss go, poetic, full-toned form for my as in ch. tune” (Ren.), or "every blow of the wretched,” xxj.' 2: xxvii. 23. ["The morally indignant i. e., every blow which cometh upon the wretched

speech which threatens punishment, intention(Noyes), or every blow, every plague that can

ally seeks after rare solemn words, and darkrender 4 man miserable (Bernard). ] Fourth Strophe: vers. 23–28. The end of the

some tones.” Delitzsch. The partial assonance wicked according to the divine judgment.

Ver. 23. That it may serve to the filling ence in determining this form, which in this of his belly, He casts the glow of. His instance at least can scarcely be regarded as wrath upon him. — The subject is God, plur., on account of the pointed individual although He is not expressly nained; as in ch application to Job. The rendering of E. V., xvi. 7. The Jussive ?, at the head of the Good, Lee, Wem., Rod., Elz.: and sball rain verse, is rendered by most as a simple future: it upon him while he is eating,” is at variance “it shall come to pags,” viz. that which follows. with the form, and misses the striking force of But to express this we should rather expect the figure as given above.-E.] N'O!! (as frequently with the prophets), or of wrath is historically realized by the intro

Vers. 24 seq. describe how the divine decree (as frequently in prose). For this reason the duction of several illustrations, the first being construction of the Jussive as dependent on

that of a warlike pursuit and wounding [" nhw is to be preferred to any other (80 Stickel, highly picturesque description.” Ewald). – If Hahn [Ewald], Dillmann, etc.). [It is certainly be flee from the iron armor (comp. ch. xxxix. simpler, and in the spirit and style of Zophar in 21), a bow of brass (Ps. xviii. 35) pierces this discourse to take '?? as an independent him through (comp. Judg. v. 26). [If he verb, forming the first of the series of jussives escapes one danger, it is only to fall into anoin this verse, each of which expresses the strong members of the verse, which are put together

ther, and from the same source]. The wo sympathy of his feelings with the result which asyndetically, are related to each other as antehe predicts. See above on XT-58, ver. 17; cedent and consequent, as in ch. xix. 4. and Dillmann's remark below.-E. ]—The Jug- order to save his life, comp. Judg. iii. 22).

Ver. 25. He draws it out (viz. the arrow, in sives nyo? and ?!, however, are to be [The Targ. reads op: he (the enemy, or God) explained in the ground that the passage is draws, and it (the sword) comes out of its intended to set forth the necessity for God's sheath; against which Delitzsch objects that a punitive agency as established in the divine order of the world and at the same time to

cannot signify vagina. Carey also translates indicate his own ngreement there with.” Dillm.] 729, “it is drawn,” i. e. the sword In regard to the descent of the divine wrath in suing enemy, who plunges it into him, and then the form of a rain of fire, comp. above on ch. draws it out again; but this is much less natuxviii. 15.—As to the phrase: “to fill the belly ral, and mars the terrible vividness of the of any one,” comp. above ver, 20; Luke xv. 16. -And causes to rain upon him with his description given of his unavailing struggle with

his doom.-E.]—Then it comes forth out food.—(? serving to introduce the object; of the body; or also "out of the back," in comp. ch. xvi. 4, 10). The subject here again case 7711, after the analogy of 17707), ch. iii. 4, is God. The food which He causes to rain upon should be identified with 12. But the difficulty the wicked, to wit, his just punishment (comp. ch. ix. 18; Jer. ix. 14 [15]) is called his food" of accomplishing such a manipulation of the

weapon scarcely permits this assumption (adopted (ion)), viz. that of the wicked, that which he is among the moderns by Dillmann), [": The evilappointed to feed upon. [Ewald: “rain upon | doer is imagined as hit in the back, the arrow

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consequently as passing out at the front.” Del. ], | usage of wx Ps. civ. 4; Jerem. xlviii. 45. Olswhich, moreover, has against it the following hausen's emendation to y? (Jussive Niph.= member: and the gleaming steel comes) - it shall be devoured”) is unnecessary. [E. V., out of his gall (comp. ch. xvi. 13; and above Bernard, Barnes, Carey, etc., render: “It shall on ver. 14 of this ch.). In regard to P7a, lit. fare ill with him that is left," etc., or “That "lightning,” here "gleaming steel, metal head” which is left, etc., shall perish, or be destroyed” (not a "stream of blood," as Hahn explains it), (Lee, Wemyss, Elzas, elc.), some deriving the comp. Deut. xxxii. 41; Nab. iii. 3; Hab. iii. 11. form from yn7, to fare ill,” others from yri - Upon him (come) the terrors of death.

in the same sepse (Mercier, Carey), others from The plur. O'DX (from NPA, ch. ix. 34; xiii. Pyn, either Kal (Fürst) or Niph. (Dathe, Lee). 21) could indeed be connected as subject with The context favors the root 1797.-E]

Ver. 27. The heavens reveal his iniquity 35mm construed ad sensum (Hahn, Delitzsch), 652 also properly Jussive like the verbs in [Conant]; but the accents connect :harather vers. 26, 28), and the earth riseth up against

, (. some such verb as “come, break upon,'

Thus the two chief divisions of the creation, be supplied with O'PN 1989 Equally opposed which Job bad previously (ch. xvi

. 18 seq.) to the accents, and altogether too difficult is the summoned as witnesses in behalf of bis innorendering of Rosenmüller and Hirzel (Schultens, cence, must rather testify the opposite, must Carey]: "he goes [departs, “he is going!" thrust him out from themselves as one Carey) terrors upon him," i. e., while terrors demned by God, so that there remains for bim are upon him.

as his abode only the gloomy Sheol, the third Ver. 26. Further description of the divine division of the creation besides beaven and decree of punishment, with special reference to earth; comp. ch. xi. 8, 9; Ps. cxxxv. 6; Sir. the wicked man's possessions.-All darkness xxiv. 7-9. is hoarded up for his treasures, i. e., every

Ver. 28. The increase of his house must kind of calamity, by divine appointment, awaits depart, flowing forth (lit. “things that flow, the treasures which he has gathered and laid

or run away,diffluentia, in apposition to 543') up (D110as in Ps. xvii. 14; comp. Deut. xxxiii.

in the day of His wrath, viz. the divine wrath. 19). To the agency of the earthly-minded evil. Ges., Olsh. [Gr., & 140, 2], etc., explain nina? doer storing up treasures for himself corresponds the agency of God in opposition storing Part. Niph. from 772 with an Aram, formation, up the destruction which is destined to overtake defining it to mean opes corrasæ, things which them. Comp. Jegavpičelv éavtw öpyhv, Rom. ii. have been scraped or gathered together, but less 5. [As Delitzsch suggests, there is somewhat satisfactorily, for the clause 19% biz, at the of a play upon words in 1932?? 229]. - A end of this member of the verse, hardly' permits

us to look for a second subject, synonymous with fire which is not blown consumes him, lit. "which was not blown” (nap-xes,

523?. Moreover we must have found that thought

a relative clause, Gesenius, 2143, 1 [% 121, 3], hence As it would seem that after ver. 27 a return to

expressed rather hy 'nId=opes ab eo corrasae. a “fire of God” burning down from hea

the wicked man s possessions and treasures could ven (comp. ch. i. 16; xviii. 15; Is. xxxiii. 11

not properly be looked for, some commentators seq.). 1799m is most simply explained (with have indulged in attempted emendations of the Ewald, Hupfeld, Dillmann) [Fürst, Conant], as passage, all of which touch upon 5p in the first an alternate form of the Juseive Kal, instead of

member (Jussive Kal from ogha, to depart, to the more common 17hna, comp. Ewald, & 253, wander forth, comp. Prov. xxvii. 25). Thus a. [Gesenius takes it as Piel for unborn, with Dathe, Stickel, etc., read Si—“ the food rolls lengthened vowel in place of Daghesh-forte; Delitzsch as Poel with Hholem shortened to Ka' away his house, etc.:” Ewald, 42—“the revemets-Khatuph ; Hirzel, Olsh., Green ($ 93, a;

nue of his house must roll itself away (like a

torrent;" comp. Amos v. 27): Dillmann finally & 111, 2, e) as Pual for 17ann, with the ren

52, Jussive Niplal of oba— the produce of his dering: “& fire not blown shall be made to consume them.” In na the gender of vx is dis- house must become apparent as that which flows

away in the day of His wrath." regarded, the adoption of the maso, in both the

Ver. 29. Closing verse, lying outside of the verbs nga and it making the personification strophic arrangement, like ch. v. 27, etc.—This of the supernatural fire more vivid. See on

is the portion of the wicked man from 017 cb. i. 19.-E.]—It must devour toat which survives (that which has escaped for- Elohim; the lot or “ portion” (pan, comp. ch. mer judgments; 7'll as in ver. 21) in bis xxvii

. 13; xxxi. 2) assigned to him by Elohim, tent.—YT is Jussive Kal [to be explained like your 07," a rare application of ovx, comp. the preceding Jussives, vers. 17, 23] from ryn, Prov. vi. 12 instead of which vix is more "to graze, to feed upon," the subject here being usual,” Del.]. --And the heritage appointed DR used in the masc.; comp. for this rare masc. to him by God.—ipa nong, lit. “ his heri

accuser.

tage of the word,” i. e., his heritage as appointed out, it has already inflicted on him a deservedly to him hy a word, by a command, a judicial sen- mortal wound! The fire of God which has altence (på in this sense only here; but used ready begun to consume his possessions, does similarly nevertheless in Ps. lxxvii. 9; Heb. iii. not rest until even the last remnant in his tent 9. It is possible moreover to take the suffix in is consumed. The heavens, when in his self

(], , in which case the sense would be: “ the heri- reveal his guilt, and the earth which he hopes tage of the command concerning him." In this to have as a witness in his favor, rises up as bis case however the construction would be a much stifle the new trust which Job conceives towards

Thus mercilessly does Zophar seek to harsher one. (“ps and and taken in con- God, and to extinguish the faith which bursts nection with the 512 of the preceding verse upward from beneath the ashes of the conflict form a striking oxymoron : that his heritage be His method is soul-destroying; he seeks to slay taken away from him, that is the heritage ad- the life which germinates from the feeling of judged to him by God.” Schlottmann).

death, instead of strengthening it.” (Delitzsch).

Comp. what Brentius says in his straightforward DOCTRINAL AND ETHICAL.

striking way: “ Zophar to the end of the cbap

ter puts forth the most correct opinions ; but he This second discourse of Zophar's, which is at is at fault in that he falsely distorts them against the same time the last of the utterances directed Job, just as though Job were afflicted for impiety, by him against Job—for in the third act of the and asserted his innocence out of hypocrisy, and colloquy he does not speak-as respects the pas- not out of the faith of the Gospel.” sionate obstinacy with which it urges the one ever repeated dogma and fundamental axiom of HOMILETICAL AND PRACTICAL. the friends is related to the second discourse of

As regards the bomiletic treatment of this disEliphaz in chapter xv., ag superlative to po- course, ihe same may be said in general as of sitive, and to the second discourse of Bildad, the discourses, related as to their contents, in as superlative to comparative. In it the nar; chapters 15 and 18. The description given of row-minded, legal, as well as unfriendly and the perishableness of the prosperity of the ununjust opposition of the friends to the misunder- godly, and of their just punishment at the last stood sufferer appears at its height, as was the ihrough the judgment of God, has its objective case with the former discourse of Zophar in its truth and value for the practical life ; but the relation to its two predecessors.—Neither does vehement tone of the representation, and the it present any new thoughts in opposition to Job, many unmistakable allusions to Job as the obany more than the immediately preceding dis-ject of the speaker's unfriendly suspicion, destroy courses of Eliphaz and Bildad. The terrible the pure enjoyment of the discourse, and compel picture of the judgment of wrath upon the sin- us to regard the picture, skilful as it is in itself, ner, with the delineation of which, true to the with critical caution. pattern presented by those two discourses, it is

Particular Passages. principally, and indeed almost exclusively occupied, exhibits scarcely anything that is maleri Ver. 8. BRENTIUS: The state of the ungodly ally new or original. Only as regards its for- is compared to the most unsubstantial things, mal execution does this picture of horror surpass to wit, to a dream, and to visions of the night, its two predecessors. It excels in its adroit which, while they are seen, seem to be somepresentation, and in its skilful, and to some ex- thing, but when the dreamer awakens, there is tent original treatment of the familiar figures nothing remaining, as is set forth in Is. xxix. and phraseology of the Chokmah. This descrip Ver. 10. IDEM: From this verse we learn tive power, which in the effects produced by it whence the poverty, and whence the wealth of proves itself to be not inconsiderable, seems in children proceeds, viz., from the piety of parents deed to be wholly subservient to the speaker's (Ps. xxxvii. 25).-Weimar BIBLE: The reason spirit and purpose, which are characterized by why many children suffer great misfortune, and hateful suspicion and vehement accusation. This especially poverty, lies often in their own sin, materially weakens the impression which it is but it also proceeds oftentimes from the wick calculated to produce. “ It is not possible to edness of their parents (Ex. xx. 5). He thereillustrate the principle that the covetous, unmer- fore who would see his children prosperous, let ciful rich map is torn away from his prosperity him beware of sin. by the punishment God decrees for him, more Ver. 12 seq STARKE: Sinful pleasure is comfearfully and more graphically than Zophar does monly transformed into pain. When sin is first it; and this terrible description is not over- tasted it is sweet like sugar, but afterwards it drawn, but true and appropriate—but in oppo- bites like an adder (Prov. xx. 17; xxiii. 32; Sir. sition to Job it is the extreme of uncharitable- xxi. 2 seq.). ness which outdoes itself: applied to him the Ver, 20 seq. BRENTIUS: As water can never fearful truth becomes a fearful lie. For in Zo- satisfy the dropsical, but the more it is drapk, phar's mind Job is the godless man, whose re- the more it is thirsted for; so riches never sajoicing does not last long, who indeed raises tisfy the mind's lust, for the human mind can himself towards heaven, but as his own dung, be satisfied with no good, save God (Eccl. i. 8). (comp. on ver. 7) must he perish, and to whom Hence it comes to pass by God's righteous de the sin of his unjust gain is become as the poison cree, that as the avaricious man is discontented of the viper in his belly. The arrow of God's with what he has, as well as what he has not, so wrath sticks fast in him; and though he draw it the ungodly man never has enough, however

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