Job 27:2
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New International Version
"As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made my life bitter,

New Living Translation
"I vow by the living God, who has taken away my rights, by the Almighty who has embittered my soul--

English Standard Version
“As God lives, who has taken away my right, and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,

New American Standard Bible
"As God lives, who has taken away my right, And the Almighty, who has embittered my soul,

King James Bible
As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As God lives, who has deprived me of justice, and the Almighty who has made me bitter,

International Standard Version
"The living God has withheld justice from me; the Almighty has made my life bitter.

NET Bible
"As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made my life bitter--

New Heart English Bible
"As God lives, who has taken away my right, Shaddai, who has made my soul bitter.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I swear an oath by God, the one who has taken away my rights, by the Almighty, who has made my life bitter:

JPS Tanakh 1917
As God liveth, who hath taken away my right; And the Almighty, who hath dealt bitterly with me;

New American Standard 1977
“As God lives, who has taken away my right,
            And the Almighty, who has embittered my soul,

Jubilee Bible 2000
As God lives, who has taken away my rights; and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,

King James 2000 Bible
As God lives, who has taken away my right; and the Almighty, who has made bitter my soul;

American King James Version
As God lives, who has taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who has vexed my soul;

American Standard Version
As God liveth, who hath taken away my right, And the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul:

Douay-Rheims Bible
As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment, and the Almighty, who hath brought my soul to bitterness,

Darby Bible Translation
[As] God liveth, who hath taken away my right, and the Almighty, who hath embittered my soul,

English Revised Version
As God liveth, who hath taken away my right; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;

Webster's Bible Translation
As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty who hath afflicted my soul;

World English Bible
"As God lives, who has taken away my right, the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter.

Young's Literal Translation
God liveth! He turned aside my judgment, And the Mighty -- He made my soul bitter.
Study Bible
Job Affirms his Integrity
1Then Job continued his discourse and said, 2"As God lives, who has taken away my right, And the Almighty, who has embittered my soul, 3For as long as life is in me, And the breath of God is in my nostrils,…
Cross References
Job 9:18
"He will not allow me to get my breath, But saturates me with bitterness.

Job 10:3
'Is it right for You indeed to oppress, To reject the labor of Your hands, And to look favorably on the schemes of the wicked?

Job 16:11
"God hands me over to ruffians And tosses me into the hands of the wicked.

Job 19:6
Know then that God has wronged me And has closed His net around me.

Job 23:16
"It is God who has made my heart faint, And the Almighty who has dismayed me,

Job 34:5
"For Job has said, 'I am righteous, But God has taken away my right;

Job 35:2
"Do you think this is according to justice? Do you say, 'My righteousness is more than God's '?

Job 40:8
"Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified?

Isaiah 40:27
Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD, And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God "?
Treasury of Scripture

As God lives, who has taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who has vexed my soul;

God liveth

Numbers 14:21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory …

Ruth 3:13 Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning, that if he will …

1 Samuel 14:39,45 For, as the LORD lives, which saves Israel, though it be in Jonathan …

1 Samuel 20:21 And, behold, I will send a lad, saying, Go, find out the arrows. …

1 Samuel 25:26,34 Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, …

2 Samuel 2:27 And Joab said, As God lives, unless you had spoken…

1 Kings 17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said …

1 Kings 18:15 And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, …

Jeremiah 4:2 And you shall swear, The LORD lives, in truth, in judgment, and in …

Jeremiah 5:2 And though they say, The LORD lives; surely they swear falsely.

Jeremiah 12:16 And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways …

Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them, As I live, said the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in …

taken

Job 10:3 Is it good to you that you should oppress, that you should despise …

Job 34:5 For Job has said, I am righteous: and God has taken away my judgment.

Isaiah 40:27 Why say you, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, My way is hid from the …

vexed my soul. Heb. made my soul bitter

Ruth 1:20,21 And she said to them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty …

2 Kings 4:27 And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by …

(2) As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment.--Job's faith leads him to see that, though there may be no explanation for his sufferings, yet they are laid upon him by God for purposes of His own, which are veiled from him.

Verse 2. - As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment, Job has not previously introduced any form of adjuration. His "yea has been yea, and his nay nay." Now, however, under the solemn circumstances of the occasion, when he is making his last appeal to his friends for a favourable judgment, he thinks it not inappropriate to preface what he is about to say by an appeal to God as his Witness. "As God liveth," or "As the Lord liveth," was the customary oath of pious Israelites and of God-fearing men generally in the ancient world (see Judges 8:19; Ruth 3:13; 1 Samuel 14:39; 1 Samuel 20:3; 2 Samuel 4:9; 2 Samuel 12:5; 1 Kings 2:24; 1 Kings 17:21; 2 Kings 5:20; 2 Chronicles 18:13; Jeremiah 38:16). Job adds that the God to whom he appeals is he who has "taken away," or "withheld," his judgment, i.e. who has declined to enter with him into a controversy as to the justice of his doings (Job 9:32-35; 13:31; 23:3-7). And the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul; or, made my soul bitter. Though he slays him, yet does Job trust in God (Job 13:15). He is his Witness, his Helper, his Redeemer (Job 19:25). As God liveth,.... Which is an oath, as Jarchi observes, and is a form of one frequently used, see 2 Samuel 2:27; and is used by God himself, who, because he can swear by no greater, swears by himself, and by his life, which ever continues, as in Ezekiel 18:3; and many other places; and so the Angel of the Lord, even the uncreated Angel, Daniel 12:7; and so should men, when they swear at all, it should be in this manner, see Jeremiah 4:2; though this ought not to be but in cases of moment and importance, for the confirmation of the truth, and to put an end to strife, when it cannot be done any other way than by an appeal to God; as was the present case with Job, it being about hypocrisy, and want of integrity his friends charged him with; and such a case can only be determined truly and fully by God, who is here described as the living God, by whom men swear, in opposition to the idols of the Gentiles, which are of gold, silver, wood, and stone, and without life and breath, or to their deified heroes, who were dead men; but the true God is the living God, has life in and of himself, and is the fountain of life to others, the author and giver of life, natural, spiritual, and eternal, and who himself lives for ever and ever; and as such is the object of faith and confidence, of fear and reverence, of love and affection; all which swearing by him supposes and implies; it is a saying of R. Joshuah, as Jarchi on the place relates it,

"that Job from love served God, for no man swears by the life of a king but who loves the king;''

the object swore by is further described,

who hath taken away my judgment; not the judgment of his mind, or his sense of judging things, which remained with him quick and strong, notwithstanding his afflictions; nor correction with judgment, which continued with him; but, as the Targum paraphrases it,

"he hath taken away the rule of my judgment;''

that is, among men, his substance, wealth, and riches, his former affluence and prosperity, which while he enjoyed, he was reckoned a good man; but now all this being taken away by the hand of God as it was, he was censured as a wicked man, and even by his friends; or rather it is a complaint, that God had neglected the judgment of him, like that of the church in Isaiah 40:27; that he did not stir up himself to his judgment, even to his cause; did not vindicate him, though he appealed to him; did not admit him to his judgment seat, nor give his cause a hearing, and decide it, though he had most earnestly desired it; nor did he let him know the reason of his thus dealing and contending with him; yea, he afflicted him severely, though righteous and innocent, in which Job obliquely reflects upon the dealings of God with him; though he does not charge him with injustice, or break out into blasphemy of him; yet this seems to be one of those speeches which God disapproved of, and is taken notice of by Elihu with a censure, Job 34:5;

and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul; with whom nothing is impossible, and who could easily have relieved him from his distresses; and who was "Shaddai", the all-sufficient Being, who could have supplied him with all things temporal and spiritual he wanted; yet instead of this "vexed his soul" with adversity, with afflictions very grievous to him, his hand touching and pressing him sore: or, "hath made my soul bitter" (b); dealt bitterly with him, as the Almighty did with Naomi, Ruth 1:20. Afflictions are bitter things, they are like the waters of Marah, they are wormwood and gall, they cause bitter distress and sorrow, and make a man go and speak in the bitterness of his soul; and these are of God, to whom job ascribes his, and not to chance and fortune; they were bitter things God appointed for him and wrote against him.

(b) "affecit amaritudine animam meam", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Michaelis; so Sept. 2. (1Sa 20:3).

taken away … judgment—words unconsciously foreshadowing Jesus Christ (Isa 53:8; Ac 8:33). God will not give Job his right, by declaring his innocence.

vexed—Hebrew, "made bitter" (Ru 1:20).27:1-6 Job's friends now suffered him to speak, and he proceeded in a grave and useful manner. Job had confidence in the goodness both of his cause and of his God; and cheerfully committed his cause to him. But Job had not due reverence when he spake of God as taking away his judgment, and vexing his soul. To resolve that our hearts shall not reproach us, while we hold fast our integrity, baffles the designs of the evil spirit.
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