Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at sacred-texts.com
job 29:2Preserved - From all those miseries which now I feel.
job 29:3Darkness - I passed safely through many difficulties, and dangers, and common calamities.
job 29:7Seat - When I caused the seat of justice to be set for me. By this, and several other expressions, it appears that Job was a magistrate. Street - In that open place, near the gate, where the people assembled for the administration of justice.
job 29:10Cleaved - It lay as still as if he had done so.
job 29:11Witness - Gave testimony to my pious, and just, and blameless conversation.
job 29:14Put on, &c. - Perhaps he did not wear these: but his steady justice was to him instead of all those ornaments.
job 29:18Multiply - See how apt even good men are, to set death at a distance from them!
job 29:20Glory - My reputation was growing every day. Bow - My strength which is signified by a bow, Gen 49:24; Sa1 2:4, because in ancient times the bow and arrows were the principal instruments of war.
job 29:22Dropped - As the rain, which when it comes down gently upon the earth, is most acceptable and beneficial to it.
job 29:24Laughed - Carried myself so familiarly with them, that they could scarce believe their eyes and ears. Cast not down - They were cautious not to give me any occasion to change my countenance towards them.
job 29:25I chose - They sought to me for advice in all difficult cases, and I directed them what methods they should take. Sat - As a prince or judge, while they stood waiting for my counsel. A king - Whose presence puts life, and courage, into the whole army. As one - As I was ready to comfort any afflicted persons, so my consolations were always welcome to them.