What is ‘The Seven Troubles’?

He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.  Job 5:19 

“He shall deliver thee in six troubles – Six is used here to denote an indefinite number, meaning that He would support in many troubles.”–Barnes Notes on the Bible.

“A way of expressing an indefinite number.”–Pulpit Commentary.

“The Hebrew idiom fixes on a certain number (here “six”), in order to call attention as to a thing of importance; then increases the force by adding, with a “yea, nay seven,” the next higher number; here “seven,” the sacred and perfect number. In all possible troubles; not merely in the precise number “seven.”–Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary.

“Six” and “seven” are round numbers meaning “many” or “all.”–Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges.

“Our times are in God’s hands; it is well they are so. Believers are not to expect great wealth, long life, or to be free from trials. But all will be ordered for the best. And remark from Job’s history, that steadiness of mind and heart under trial, is one of the highest attainments of faith. There is little exercise for faith when all things go well.”–Matthew Henry. Source.

  • Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. Psalm 34:19
  • For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. Proverbs 24:16
  • The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. Psalm 145:14
  • Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me. Micah 7:8
  • Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 2 Corinthians 4:9
  • But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 2 Corinthians 6:4
  • Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:11
  • Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 2 Timothy 2:3
  • Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10
  • Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Romans 8:35

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