The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJob 20:10
His children shall seek to please the poor…
In this and
some following verses the miserable state of a wicked man is described,
and which begins with his children, who are often visited in wrath for
their parents' sins, especially when they tread in their steps, and
follow their example; and it is an affliction to parents to see their
children in distress, and particularly on their account, and even to be
threatened with it. According to our version, the sense of this clause
is, that after a wicked man's death his children shall seek to gain the
good will and favour of the poor who have been oppressed by him, that
they may not reproach them, or take revenge on them, or apply to the
civil magistrate to have justice done them; but Jarchi renders the
``the poor shall oppress or destroy his children;''
and so the margin of our Bible, who, being enraged with the ill usage
of their parents, shall fall upon them in great wrath, and destroy
them, (Proverbs 28:3) ; and the same Jewish writer restrains the words to the
men of Sodom, who were oppressive and cruel to the poor; or rather the
sense is, that the children of the wicked man shall be reduced to such
extreme poverty, that they shall even seek relief of the poor, and
supplicate and entreat them to give them something out of their small
pittance; with which others in a good measure agree, who render the
words, "his children shall please, [being] poor" F14; it shall be a
pleasure and satisfaction to those they have been injurious to, to see
their children begging their bread from door to door, see
(Psalms 109:5,10) ;
and his hands shall restore their goods:
or "for his hands"… F15;
and so are a reason why his children shall be so reduced after his
death as to need the relief of others, because their parent, in his
lifetime, was obliged to make restitution of his ill gotten goods, so
that in the end he had nothing to leave his children at his death; for
this restitution spoken of is not voluntary, but forced. Sephorno
thinks reference is had to the Egyptians lending jewels and other
riches to the Israelites, whereby they were obliged to repay six
hundred thousand men for their service.
F14 (Myld wury wynb) "filii ejus placabunt, mendici", Montanus.
F15 So the English annotator.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 20:10". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=job&chapter=020&verse=010>. 1999.