Job 1:10
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New International Version
"Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.

New Living Translation
You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is!

English Standard Version
Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

New American Standard Bible
"Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

King James Bible
Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Haven't You placed a hedge around him, his household, and everything he owns? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

International Standard Version
Haven't you surrounded him with a fence on all sides, around his house, and around all that he owns? You have blessed everything he puts his hands on and you have increased his livestock in the land.

NET Bible
Have you not made a hedge around him and his household and all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his livestock have increased in the land.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Haven't you put a protective fence around him, his home, and everything he has? You have blessed everything he does. His cattle have spread out over the land.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hast thou not made a hedge about him and about his house and about all that he has on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands; therefore, his substance has increased in the land.

King James 2000 Bible
Have not you made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he has on every side? you have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions are increased in the land.

American King James Version
Have not you made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he has on every side? you have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

American Standard Version
Hast not thou made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath, on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hast not thou made a fence for him, and his house, and all his substance round about, blessed the works of his hands, and his possession hath increased on the earth ?

Darby Bible Translation
Hast not thou made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is spread abroad in the land.

English Revised Version
Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath, on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hast not thou made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

World English Bible
Haven't you made a hedge around him, and around his house, and around all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

Young's Literal Translation
Hast not Thou made a hedge for him, and for his house, and for all that he hath -- round about?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:6-12 Job's afflictions began from the malice of Satan, by the Lord's permission, for wise and holy purposes. There is an evil spirit, the enemy of God, and of all righteousness, who is continually seeking to distress, to lead astray, and, if possible, to destroy those who love God. How far his influence may extend, we cannot say; but probably much unsteadiness and unhappiness in Christians may be ascribed to him. While we are on this earth we are within his reach. Hence it concerns us to be sober and vigilant, 1Pe 5:8. See how Satan censures Job. This is the common way of slanderers, to suggest that which they have no reason to think is true. But as there is nothing we should dread more than really being hypocrites, so there is nothing we need dread less than being called and counted so without cause. It is not wrong to look at the eternal recompence in our obedience; but it is wrong to aim at worldly advantages in our religion. God's people are taken under his special protection; they, and all that belong to them. The blessing of the Lord makes rich; Satan himself owns it. God suffered Job to be tried, as he suffered Peter to be sifted. It is our comfort that God has the devil in a chain, Re 20:1. He has no power to lead men to sin, but what they give him themselves; nor any power to afflict men, but what is given him from above. All this is here described to us after the manner of men. The Scripture speaks thus to teach us that God directs the affairs of the world.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - Hast not thou made an hedge about him? i.e. "hedged him around, protected him, made a sort of invisible fence about him, through which no evil could creep." This was undoubtedly true. God had so protected him. But the question was not as to this fact, but as to Job's motive. Was it mere prudence? - the desire to secure a continuance of this protection? And about his house; i.e. "his family" - his sons and daughters - the members of his household. And about all that he hath on every side. His possessions - land, houses, cattle, live stock of all kinds, furniture, goods and chattels. Thou hast blessed the work of his hands (comp. Psalm 1:3, where it is said of the righteous man. that "whatsoever he doeth, it shall prosper"). So it was with Job. God's blessing was upon him, and success crowned all his enterprises. "The work of his hands" will include everything that he attempted. And his substance is increased in the land. In the former clause we have the cause, God's blessing; in the latter the effect, a great increase in Job's "substance," or "cattle" (marginal reading). (On the final number of his cattle, see ver. 3.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Hast not thou made an hedge about him,.... A fence, a wall of protection all around him? he had; he encompassed him about with his love as with a shield, a hedge which could not be broken down by men or devils; he surrounded him with his almighty power, that none could hurt him; he guarded him by his providence, he caused his angels to encamp about him; yea, he himself was a wall of fire around him; the Targum interprets it the word of God: so thick was the hedge, so strong the fence, that Satan could not find the least gap to get in at, to do him any injury to his body or mind, without the divine permission; which he envied and was vexed at, and maliciously suggests that this was the motive of Job's fear of the Lord; and indeed it was an obligation upon him to fear him, but not the sole cause of it:

and about his house; not the house in which he dwelt; though Satan could have gladly pulled down that about his ears, as well as that in which his children were; but it designs his family, who were also by Providence protected in their persons and estates, and preserved from the temptations of Satan, at least from being overcome by them, and even at the times of their feasting before mentioned; this fence was about his servants also, so that Satan could not come at and hurt any one that belonged to him, which was a great grief and vexation of mind to him:

and about all that he hath on every side? his sheep, his camels, his oxen, and his asses; for otherwise these would not have escaped the malice and fury of this evil spirit they afterwards felt; but as these were the gifts of the providence of God to Job, they were guarded by his power, that Satan could not hurt them without leave:

thou hast blessed the work of his hands; not only what he himself personally wrought with his own hands, but was done by his servants through his direction, and by his order; the culture of his fields, the feeding and keeping of his flocks and herds; all succeeded well; whatever he did, or was concerned in, prospered:

and his substance is increased in the land; or "broke out" (t); like a breach of waters; see 2 Samuel 5:20; exceeded all bounds; his riches broke forth on the right hand and on the left, and flowed in, so that there were scarce any limits to be set to them; he abounded in them; his sheep brought forth thousands; his oxen, camels, and asses, stood well, and were strong to labour; and his wealth poured in upon him in great plenty; all which was an eyesore to Satan, and therefore would insinuate that this was the sole spring and source of Job's religion, devotion, and obedience.

(t) "erupit", Montanus, Piscator; "eruperit", Junius & Tremellius; "prorupit", Schultens,

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. his substance is increased—literally, "spread out like a flood"; Job's herds covered the face of the country.

Job 1:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
Satan's First Attack
9Then Satan answered the LORD, "Does Job fear God for nothing? 10"Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11"But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face."…
Cross References
1 Samuel 25:16
Night and day they were a wall around us the whole time we were herding our sheep near them.

Job 1:3
and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.

Job 29:2
"How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me,

Job 31:25
if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained,

Job 42:12
The LORD blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys.

Psalm 34:7
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.
Treasury of Scripture

Have not you made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he has on every side? you have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

an hedge.

Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, …

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting …

1 Samuel 25:16 They were a wall to us both by night and day, all the while we were …

Psalm 5:12 For you, LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor will you compass …

Psalm 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps round about them that fear him, and delivers them.

Psalm 80:12 Why have you then broken down her hedges, so that all they which …

Isaiah 5:2,5 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted …

Zechariah 2:5,8 For I, said the LORD, will be to her a wall of fire round about, …

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready …

about.

Genesis 39:5 And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in …

Deuteronomy 28:2-6 And all these blessings shall come on you, and overtake you, if you …

Psalm 71:21 You shall increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.

Psalm 128:1-4 Blessed is every one that fears the LORD; that walks in his ways…

thou hast blessed.

Job 42:12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: …

Genesis 26:12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundred …

Genesis 30:30 For it was little which you had before I came, and it is now increased …

Genesis 49:25 Even by the God of your father, who shall help you; and by the Almighty, …

Deuteronomy 7:13 And he will love you, and bless you, and multiply you: he will also …

Deuteronomy 33:11 Bless, LORD, his substance, and accept the work of his hands; smite …

Psalm 90:17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be on us: and establish you …

Psalm 107:38 He blesses them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffers …

Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the LORD, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

substance. or, cattle.

Genesis 30:43 And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, …

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