J O B
Job having by his complaints in the foregoing
chapter given vent to his passion, and thereby gained some ease,
breaks them off abruptly, and now applies himself to a further
discussion of the doctrinal controversy between him and his friends
concerning the prosperity of wicked people. That many live at ease
who yet are ungodly and profane, and despise all the exercises of
devotion, he had shown, ch.
xxi. Now here he goes further, and shows that many who
are mischievous to mankind, and live in open defiance to all the
laws of justice and common honesty, yet thrive and succeed in their
unrighteous practices; and we do not see them reckoned with in this
world. What he had said before (ch. xii. 6), "The tabernacles of
robbers prosper," he here enlarges upon. He lays down his general
proposition (ver. 1), that
the punishment of wicked people is not so visible and apparent as
his friends supposed, and then proves it by an induction of
particulars. I. Those that openly do wrong to their poor neighbours
are not reckoned with, nor the injured righted (ver. 2-12), though the former are very
barbarous, ver. 21, 22.
II. Those that secretly practise mischief often go undiscovered and
unpunished, ver. 13-17.
III. That God punished such by secret judgments and reserves them
for future judgments (ver.
18-20, and 23-25), so that, upon the whole matter, we
cannot say that all who are in trouble are wicked; for it is
certain that all who are in prosperity are not righteous.