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Job Nine

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

Job 9:1 Then Job answered and said,

Job 9:2 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?

just with God. Even Job, the most righteous man in all the world, according to God Himself (Job 1:8; 2:3), knew that he came short of God's standard (Romans 3:23), and therefore needed some means beyond himself to be “justified with God.”

Job 9:3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.

Job 9:4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?

Job 9:5 Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger.

removeth the mountains. Job is here rehearsing some of the terrible effects of the great Flood. The pre-Flood mountains had been eroded away by the mighty waters, and deposited as sediments in the pre-Flood seas. These later were uplifted to form the post-Flood mountains, thus in effect “overturning them.” Many of the sediments so deposited, in the process of uplift, were still further deformed—tilted, faulted and folded—before they could harden into solid rock.

Job 9:6 Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.

shaketh the earth. When “all the fountains of the great deep were broken up” at the beginning of the Flood (Genesis 7:11), great earth movements followed, continued throughout the year of the Flood, and continue even today in recurrent earthquakes all over the world.

Job 9:7 Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars.

riseth not. The pre-Flood “waters above the firmament” (Genesis 1:7), originally in the form of a vast blanket of transparent water vapor and small ice crystals, were condensed into thick clouds of liquid water, which blotted out the light of the sun and stars for the first time in history. This continued for five months (Genesis 7:24-8:3), until the waters had all poured down on the earth to produce the Flood.

Job 9:8 Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.

spreadeth out the heavens. This is the first of at least eleven references in the Bible to God “spreading” or “stretching” out the heavens. All of these make it plain that this was the direct result of the word of God, not the result of a primeval explosion of an infinitesimal universe, as the Big Bang theorists believe. These passages may suggest the expanding universe or, more likely, simply the infinite extension of space.

Job 9:9 Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

maketh Arcturus. God not only created and named the stars (e.g., Isaiah 40:26), but also the constellations (also see Job 38:31-33). This fact surely relates to the fact that God created the stars as “signs” (not in the astrological sense but in the evangelical sense), as repositories in the skies of God's primeval promises of the coming Savior and restoration of the fallen creation.

chambers of the south. The word usually suggests a distinct room, so probably here refers to the many majestic constellations in the southern sky, opposite to the region containing the bright constellation Orion and the nearby Pleiades (see also Job 38:31). Near the latter is also the group of stars known as the Great Bear, or sometimes as the Ploughman. This group is actually what is meant by Arcturus.

Job 9:10 Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.

Job 9:11 Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.

Job 9:12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?

Job 9:13 If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him.

the proud helpers. The word “proud” here is Rahab, which seems in Isaiah 51:9 (see note) to refer to Satan, the old “dragon.” Also see note on Psalms 89:10. One other reference to Rahab, in Psalm 87:4, is believed by many to refer to Egypt.

Job 9:14 How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?

Job 9:15 Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make supplication to my judge.

Job 9:16 If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.

Job 9:17 For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause.

Job 9:18 He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.

Job 9:19 If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead?

Job 9:20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.

If I justify myself. Job again acknowledges his own need of justification before God; he knows he, like all men, is innately a sinner.

Job 9:21 Though I were perfect, yet would I not know my soul: I would despise my life.

Job 9:22 This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked.

Job 9:23 If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.

Job 9:24 The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?

Job 9:25 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.

Job 9:26 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hasteth to the prey.

Job 9:27 If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself:

Job 9:28 I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.

Job 9:29 If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?

Job 9:30 If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;

Job 9:31 Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.

Job 9:32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.

Job 9:33 Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both.

daysman. The word “daysman” means “umpire” or “judge” or even better, “mediator.” Job fervently desired to argue his case, as it were, before God, but he realized that “He is not a man, as I am,” so there was no way that “we should come together in judgment.” How could there be a mediator between God and a man, unless that mediator could somehow be both God and man?

Job 9:34 Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me:

Job 9:35 Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.