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Job is going through the worst time anyone could imagine.
He’s lost all his possessions.
His children have died.
His health has failed.
What makes all this even more confusing is that Job is a good guy.
God has decided to allow Job to go through this difficulty because He is
proud of Job, not mad at him.
God wants to show the world what a godly man will do when he is going
through a difficult time.
Keep a couple of things in mind as we study Job:
Sometimes Job is wrong in his conclusions.
Sometimes Job’s friends are also wrong.
They can even say things that are true, but they might not be true about
Be careful about building doctrine upon some of the things said in the book
Neither Job’s words nor those of his friends are meant to build doctrinal
They simply show us how people respond to difficulty.
There are three rounds of debates with Job’s three friends.
A friend will speak and Job will answer.
We’re now in the middle of the second round.
18:1-4 Bildad:Be quiet
:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
Bildad is friend number two.He’s
the small one (“shoe-height”).
:2 “How long till you put an end to words? Gain understanding, and
afterward we will speak.
:2 Gain understanding, and
afterward we will speak
He wishes that Job would just shut
up until he knows what he’s talking about.
:3 Why are we counted as beasts, And regarded as stupid in your
:4 You who tear yourself in anger, Shall the earth be forsaken for you? Or
shall the rock be removed from its place?
(Job 18:4 NLT) You may tear
out your hair in anger, but will that destroy the earth? Will it make the rocks
Tearing his hair out isn’t going to change his circumstances
18:5-10 Bildad:The wicked are
:5 “The light of the wicked indeed goes out, And the flame of his fire does
:5 the light … the flame
Bildad now will launch into a lesson of what kinds of things are awaiting
the wicked. The wicked will be snuffed out.
Hebrew poetry is not like English poetry. In English, our poetry seems to
put a lot of attention on the rhyming of sounds. In Hebrew, the idea is a rhyming
of ideas. In each line you will see either two parallel ideas that say the same
thing, or you will see two contrasting things that are opposite of each other.
You can learn more about each idea as you compare and contrast the ideas that
are paired together.
:6 The light is dark in his tent, And his lamp beside him is put out.
:7 The steps of his strength are shortened, And his own counsel casts him
:8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, And he walks into a snare.
:9 The net takes him by the heel, And a snare lays hold of
:10 A noose is hidden for him on the ground, And a trap for him in
:10 a trap for him in the road
Bildad’s point is that a wicked person is going to get caught. There is
some truth to this.
This is sometimes exactly what happens:
A motorist was unknowingly caught
in an automated speed trap that measured his speed using radar and photographed
his car. He later received in the mail a ticket for $40 and a photo of his car.
Instead of payment, he sent the police department a photograph of $40. Several
days later, he received a letter from the police that contained another
picture... of handcuffs. The motorist promptly sent the money for the fine.
Drug Possession Defendant Christopher Jansen, on trial in March in Pontiac, Michigan,
said he had been searched without a warrant. The prosecutor said the officer
didn’t need a warrant because a “bulge” in Christopher’s jacket could have been
a gun. Nonsense, said Christopher, who happened to be wearing the same jacket
that day in court. He handed it over so the judge could see it. The judge
discovered a packet of cocaine in the pocket and laughed so hard he required a
five minute recess to compose himself.
18:11-21 Bildad: Terror for the wicked
:11 Terrors frighten him on every side, And drive him to his feet.
There is nothing but horrible
things ahead in the life of the wicked person.
:12 His strength is starved, And destruction is ready at his side.
:13 It devours patches of his skin; The firstborn of death devours his
:14 He is uprooted from the shelter of his tent, And they parade him before
the king of terrors.
:15 They dwell in his tent who are none of his; Brimstone is scattered
on his dwelling.
:15 Brimstone is scattered on
(Job 18:15 NLT) The homes of the
wicked will burn down; burning sulfur rains on their houses.
Keep in mind that part of the
trouble that Job has endured included fire from heaven (Job 1:16)
(Job 1:16 NKJV) While he was
still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven
and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and I alone have
escaped to tell you!”
:16 His roots are dried out below, And his branch withers above.
:17 The memory of him perishes from the earth, And he has no name among the
:18 He is driven from light into darkness, And chased out of the world.
:19 He has neither son nor posterity among his people, Nor any remaining in
:19 He has neither son nor posterity
Job has lost all of his children at this point. He had seven sons and three
daughters, now all dead.
:20 Those in the west are astonished at his day, As those in the east are
:21 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, And this is
the place of him who does not know God.”
:21 the place of him who does not know God
Do you think Bildad has anybody in particular in mind when he’s describing
all the calamities that await for a wicked person? He’s talking about Job.
Tell me to my face
Bildad is talking about the things that will happen to “the wicked”.
But his implication is that he’s talking about Job.
Some folks like to talk to you about things, but do it in a way where they
don’t just come out and say that you’re bad, but you still get the message.
It’s not good communication.
A farmer walked into an attorney’s office wanting to file for a divorce.
The attorney asked, “May I help you?” The farmer said, “Yea, I want to get one
of those dayvorces.” The attorney said, “Well, do you have any grounds?” The
farmer said, “Yea, I got about 140 acres.” The attorney said, “No, you don’t
understand, do you have a case?” The farmer said, “No, I don’t have a Case, but
I have a John Deere.” The attorney said, “No, you don’t understand. I mean do
you have a grudge?” The farmer said, “Yea, I got a grudge. That’s where I park
my John Deere.” The attorney said, “No sir, I mean do you have a suit?” The
farmer said, “Yes sir, I got a suit. I wear it to church on Sundays.” The
exasperated attorney said, “Well, sir, does your wife beat you up or anything?”
The farmer said, “No sir, we both get up about .” Finally, the attorney says, “Okay, let me put it
this way. WHY DO YOU WANT A DIVORCE?” And the farmer says, “Well, I can never
have a meaningful conversation with her.”
I think that one of the things necessary for “meaningful conversation” is
to get to the point. Say what you mean. Mean what you say.
19:1-7 Job: I’ve been wronged
:1 Then Job answered and said:
:2 “How long will you torment my soul, And break me in pieces with words?
:3 These ten times you have reproached me; You are not ashamed that
you have wronged me.
:4 And if indeed I have erred, My error remains with me.
:5 If indeed you exalt yourselves against me, And plead my disgrace
:6 Know then that God has wronged me, And has surrounded me with His net.
:7 “If I cry out concerning wrong, I am not heard. If I cry aloud, there
is no justice.
:6 God has wronged me
Job is incorrect with this thought.
God is not the one that attacked Job, Satan is the one who has brought so
19:8-22 Job:Everyone is against
:8 He has fenced up my way, so that I cannot pass; And He has set darkness
in my paths.
:9 He has stripped me of my glory, And taken the crown from my head.
:9 taken the crown from my head
crown – ‘atarah
– crown, wreath
If Job is speaking literally here, this might be additional proof that Job
is the man spoken of in Genesis (“Jobab”), listed as a king of Edom (Gen.
(Genesis 36:31–34 NKJV) —31 Now these were
the kings who reigned in the land of Edom before any king reigned over the
children of Israel: 32 Bela the
son of Beor reigned in Edom, and the name of his city was Dinhabah. 33 And when Bela died, Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in
his place. 34 When Jobab died,
Husham of the land of the Temanites reigned in his place.
:10 He breaks me down on every side, And I am gone; My hope He has uprooted
like a tree.
:11 He has also kindled His wrath against me, And He counts me as one of
:11 He counts me as one of His enemies
Not so, Job.
Jesus loves me
We’ve talked about the “anchors” we need in our lives to help us navigate
the storms of life.
This is one of them.
We can know He loves me simply by the cross.
(1 John 3:16a NKJV)
this we know love, because He laid down His life for us.
And if He loves us, then we can put all these silly thoughts of God being
against us aside.
NKJV) —31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us,
who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all,
how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall
bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is
he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen,
who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
:12 His troops come together And build up their road against me; They
encamp all around my tent.
:13 “He has removed my brothers far from me, And my acquaintances are
completely estranged from me.
:14 My relatives have failed, And my close friends have forgotten me.
:14 my close friends have forgotten me
This shouldn’t be when we go through trials.
We need each other.
We just read about Jesus’ love for us, and our love for one another ought
to be similar.
(1 John 3:16 NKJV) By this we
know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our
lives for the brethren.
:15 Those who dwell in my house, and my maidservants, Count me as a
stranger; I am an alien in their sight.
:16 I call my servant, but he gives no answer; I beg him with my mouth.
:17 My breath is offensive to my wife, And I am repulsive to the children
of my own body.
:17 My breath is offensive to my wife
Put A Sock In It
A young couple decided to wed. As the big day approached, they grew
apprehensive. Each had a problem they had never before shared with anyone, not
even each other. The Groom-to-be, overcoming his fear, decided to ask his
father for advice. “Father,” he said, “I am deeply concerned about the success
of my marriage.” His father replied, “Don’t you love this girl?” “Oh yes, very
much,” he said,” but you see, I have very smelly feet, and I’m afraid that my
fiancé will be put off by them.” “No problem,” said dad, “all you have to do is
wash your feet as often as possible, and always wear socks, even to bed.” Well,
to him this seemed a workable solution. The bride-to-be, overcoming her fear, decided
to take her problem up with her mom.” Mom,” she said, “When I wake up in the
morning my breath is truly awful.” “Honey,” her mother consoled, “everyone has
bad breath in the morning.” “No, you don’t understand,. My morning breath is so
bad, I’m afraid that my fiancé will not want to sleep in the same room with
me.” Her mother said simply, “Try this. In the morning, get straight out of
bed, and head for the kitchen and make breakfast. While the family is busy
eating, move on to the bathroom and brush your teeth. The key is, not to say a
word until you’ve brushed your teeth.” “I shouldn’t say good morning or
anything?” the daughter asked. “Not a word,” her mother affirmed. “Well, it’s
certainly worth a try,” she thought. The loving couple was finally married. Not
forgetting the advice each had received, he with his perpetual socks and she
with her morning silence, they managed quite well. That is, until about six
months later. Shortly before dawn one morning, the husband wakes with a start
to find that his socks had come off. Fearful of the consequences, he
frantically searches the bed. This, of course, wakes his bride and without
thinking, she asks, “What on earth are you doing?” “Good grief,” he replies,
“you’ve swallowed my sock!”
(Job 19:17 The Message) My wife
can’t stand to be around me anymore.I’m
repulsive to my family.
:18 Even young children despise me; I arise, and they speak against me.
:19 All my close friends abhor me, And those whom I love have turned
:20 My bone clings to my skin and to my flesh, And I have escaped by the
skin of my teeth.
:20 escaped by the skin of my teeth
Here’s the origin of the phrase, “skin of my teeth”.
There’s not much “skin” on your teeth.
The idea is that Job has just barely, narrowly escaped.
:21 “Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends, For the hand of
God has struck me!
:22 Why do you persecute me as God does, And are not satisfied with
19:23-29 Job’s hope
:23 “Oh, that my words were written! Oh, that they were inscribed in a
:24 That they were engraved on a rock With an iron pen and lead, forever!
:23 that they were inscribed in a book
Job is going to get his wish.His words
are going to be recorded in the world’s best-selling book.
:25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on
:25 my Redeemer lives
redeemer – ga’al
– to redeem, act as kinsman-redeemer, avenge, revenge, ransom, do the part
of a kinsman
lives – chay
– living, alive
from chayah – to live, have life, remain alive, live forever
God’s name, “Yahweh”
(or, YHWH) can be translated– “the
from – hayah
– to be, become, come to pass, exist, happen, fall out
It’s interesting to look at the
usage of God’s name in the book of Job.The first two chapters are filled with God’s name (Yahweh).The end of the book, starting in chapter 38,
when God finally speaks, again God’s name starts to be used again.But in the middle section when Job argues
with his friends, God’s name is only found ONCE, and it is Job that uses God’s
name.Job’s friends never call God by
at last – ‘acharown
– behind, following, subsequent, western; behind, hindermost, western (of
location); later, subsequent, latter, last (of time)
(Job 19:25 NASB95) “As for
me, I know that my Redeemer lives,And at the
last He will take His stand on the earth.
Job has a concept that someone, somewhere will be on his side.This person will be around on the last days
of earth and will stand up for him.
Jesus is our redeemer.
Though some may look at Jesus today as either a fanciful myth, or at least
an historical person of the past, the truth is that Jesus still lives.
He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven.
He is alive at this present moment.
For those of us who have lost loved ones who were believers, this is our
Because Jesus rose from the dead, we know that we too will rise from the
11:25–26 NKJV) —25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who
believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever
lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
:26 And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I
shall see God,
:27 Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!
:26 after my skin is destroyed
destroyed – naqaph
– (Piel) to strike off skin
:26 in my flesh I shall see God
Job states the essence of the doctrine of the resurrection.
He’s saying that his flesh will be destroyed, but he will one day see God
in his flesh.
He’s expecting that God will one day raise him from the dead.
It’s an interesting contrast with some of the other things he’s said when
he’s expressed hopelessness.
(Job 16:22 NKJV) For when a
few years are finished,I shall go the way of no return.
Keep your eyes on the end of the race.
We can keep going if we keep our eyes on the end.Keep remembering what it’s all for.
We look forward to the day when Jesus says, “Well done, good and faithful
4:16–18 NKJV) —16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is
perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our
light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more
exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things
which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are
seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are
:28 If you should say, ‘How shall we persecute him?’— Since the root of the
matter is found in me,
:29 Be afraid of the sword for yourselves; For wrath brings the
punishment of the sword, That you may know there is a judgment.”
:29 Be afraid of the sword for yourselves
(Job 19:28–29 The
Message) —28 “If you’re thinking, ‘How can we get through to him,get him to
see that his trouble is all his own fault?’ 29 Forget it. Start worrying about yourselves.Worry about
your own sins and God’s coming judgment,for judgment is most certainly on the way.”
Judgement or Mercy
When we find ourselves forming judgmental or critical attitudes towards
other people, we need to be careful to look in the mirror and examine ourselves
Sometimes we don’t really know enough to properly judge another person.
The ways that we treat other people are going to come back and haunt us.
(Luke 6:30–38 NKJV)
—30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your
goods do not ask them back. 31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. 32 “But if you
love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love
those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that
to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back,
what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much
back. 35 But love
your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward
will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the
unthankful and evil.
We need to be kind to people, even if they’re not kind to us.This is a part of treating other people in a
way that we want to be treated.
36 Therefore be
merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. 37 “Judge not, and you shall not be
judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be
forgiven. 38 Give, and it
will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running
over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it
will be measured back to you.”
We’ve all probably heard some of those sermons about giving money that
might quote this verse.Perhaps we’ve
thought that this is all about giving money to the church and then getting rich
off of it.
But don’t forget that the lesson is actually all about giving mercy and
grace to people who don’t deserve mercy and grace.And when we give lots of grace, we will find
lots of grace coming back to us.
39 And He spoke a parable to them: “Can the
blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch? 40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is
perfectly trained will be like his teacher. 41 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do
not perceive the plank in your own eye? 42 Or how can
you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in
your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own
eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see
clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.
It’s not that we don’t ever attempt
to take a splinter out of another person’s eye.There is a place for helping others grow in their deficiencies.But before we do, we ought to be careful to
examine ourselves first.
Perhaps the only reason we see the
splinter is because we’re good at spotting wood, after all, we may have lots of
wood in our own eye.
Dale Carnegie, in his book, How to Win Friends and Influence People,
Mark Twain lost his temper
occasionally and wrote letters that turned the paper brown. For example, he
once wrote to a man who had aroused his ire: “The thing for you is a burial permit.
You have only to speak and I will see that you get it.” On another occasion he
wrote to an editor about a proofreader’s attempts to “improve my spelling and
punctuation.” He ordered: “Set the matter according to my copy hereafter and
see that the proofreader retains his suggestions in the mush of his decayed
The writing of
these stinging letters made Mark Twain feel better. They allowed him to blow
off steam, and the letters didn’t do any real harm, because Mark’s wife
secretly lifted them out of the mail. They were never sent.
Do you know someone you would like
to change and regulate and improve? Good! That is fine. I am all in favor of
it. But why not begin on yourself? From a purely selfish standpoint, that is a
lot more profitable than trying to improve others-yes, and a lot less
dangerous. “Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbor’s roof,” said
Confucius; “when your own doorstep is unclean.”
20:1-9 Zophar: The wicked will perish
:1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
The third friend speaks for his second time.
:2 “Therefore my anxious thoughts make me answer, Because of the turmoil
:3 I have heard the rebuke that reproaches me, And the spirit of my
understanding causes me to answer.
:3 the spirit …causes me to answer
But I feel like …
Sometimes we say to ourselves, “But I feel like I just have to do this
Sometimes we are only telling ourselves this as an excuse to do something
You really don’t have to do
Sometimes we get spiritual and excuse our impulsive behavior by blaming it
on the “Spirit”
But Paul wrote,
Corinthians 14:32 NKJV) And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
The “spirit of the prophet” is actually under the orders
of the prophet himself.
The Holy Spirit doesn’t take away your control.I do not believe a person is forced to roll
on the floor and bark like a dog by the Holy Spirit.
The fruit of the Spirit includes “self-control” (Gal. 5:23)
(Galatians 5:22–23 NKJV) —22 But the
fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, 23 gentleness,
When the Spirit is really working,
He gives us the ability to bridle the wrong “have to’s”.
self-control – egkrateia
(“in” + “strength”) – self-control (the virtue of one who masters his
desires and passions, esp. his sensual appetites)
:4 “Do you not know this of old, Since man was placed on earth,
:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the hypocrite
is but for a moment?
:6 Though his haughtiness mounts up to the heavens, And his head reaches to
:7 Yet he will perish forever like his own refuse; Those who have
seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’
:8 He will fly away like a dream, and not be found; Yes, he will be chased
away like a vision of the night.
:9 The eye that saw him will see him no more, Nor will his
place behold him anymore.
The wicked person will one day be destroyed.True.
20:10-22 Zophar: The End of the Wicked
:10 His children will seek the favor of the poor, And his hands will
restore his wealth.
:11 His bones are full of his youthful vigor, But it will lie down with him
in the dust.
:11 youthful vigor … in the dust
(Job 20:11 NLT) Though they
are young, their bones will lie in the dust.
The insinuation is that wicked people will die young.
Wicked people are not the only ones that die young.
David Brainerd was a missionary to the Indians in the early 1700’s.He died at the age of 29.
Henry Martyn was a missionary to
India around 1800.He died at the age of
Jim Elliot, a missionary to the Auca Indians in South
America in the 1950’s died at the age of 24.
Keith Green was a Christian
musician that impacted the lives of many in our generation, he died at the age
Jesus died at the age of 33.
:12 “Though evil is sweet in his mouth, And he hides it under his
Like hiding candy under your tongue.
:13 Though he spares it and does not forsake it, But still keeps it
in his mouth,
:14 Yet his food in his stomach turns sour; It becomes cobra venom
:15 He swallows down riches And vomits them up again; God casts them out of
:16 He will suck the poison of cobras; The viper’s tongue will slay him.
:17 He will not see the streams, The rivers flowing with honey and cream.
He will not see good times any more.
:18 He will restore that for which he labored, And will not swallow it
down; From the proceeds of business He will get no enjoyment.
:19 For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor, He has violently
seized a house which he did not build.
:19 he has oppressed and forsaken the poor
Zophar feels like he has stumbled upon the real reason for Job’s problems.
Job must have cheated the poor people.That’s why he was so wealthy, because he took advantage of the poor.
These are just baseless accusations.
:20 “Because he knows no quietness in his heart, He will not save anything
:21 Nothing is left for him to eat; Therefore his well-being will not last.
:22 In his self-sufficiency he will be in distress; Every hand of misery
will come against him.
20:23-29 Zophar: Terrors for the wicked
:23 When he is about to fill his stomach, God will cast on
him the fury of His wrath, And will rain it on him while he is eating.
:24 He will flee from the iron weapon; A bronze bow will pierce him
:25 It is drawn, and comes out of the body; Yes, the glittering point
comes out of his gall. Terrors come upon him;
:26 Total darkness is reserved for his treasures. An unfanned fire
will consume him; It shall go ill with him who is left in his tent.
:27 The heavens will reveal his iniquity, And the earth will rise up
:28 The increase of his house will depart, And his goods will flow
away in the day of His wrath.
:29 This is the portion from God for a wicked man, The heritage
appointed to him by God.”
:29 the portion from God for a wicked man
Again, just like Bildad, Zophar is accusing Job of being a wicked man who
needs to repent, yet he’s doing it without directly accusing Job.He just talks vaguely about “the wicked”.
21:1-6 Job:Please Listen
:1 Then Job answered and said:
:2 “Listen carefully to my speech, And let this be your consolation.
:3 Bear with me that I may speak, And after I have spoken, keep mocking.
:3 Bear with me that I may speak
Comfort by Listening
Sometimes people need our ears more than they need our words.
During the darkest hours of the Civil War, Lincoln wrote to an old friend in Springfield, Illinois,
asking him to come to Washington.
Lincoln said he
had some problems he wanted to discuss with him. The old neighbor called at the
White House, and Lincoln
talked to him for hours about the advisability of issuing a proclamation
freeing the slaves. Lincoln
went over all the arguments for and against such a move, and then read letters
and newspaper articles, some denouncing him for not freeing the slaves and
others denouncing him for fear he was going to free them. After talking for
shook hands with his old neighbor, said good night, and sent him back to Illinois without even
asking for his opinion. Lincoln
had done all the talking himself. That seemed to clarify his mind. “He seemed
to feel easier after that talk,” the old friend said. Lincoln hadn’t wanted advice. He had wanted
merely a friendly, sympathetic listener to whom he could unburden himself.
That’s what we all want when we are in trouble.
- Dale Carnegie, How
to Win Friends and Influence People
(James 1:19 NKJV) So then, my
beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;
:4 “As for me, is my complaint against man? And if it were,
why should I not be impatient?
:5 Look at me and be astonished; Put your hand over your
:6 Even when I remember I am terrified, And trembling takes hold of my
21:7-16 Job: The Wicked Prosper
:7 Why do the wicked live and become old, Yes, become mighty in
Wicked people don’t always die young.Sometimes they live to be quite old.
:8 Their descendants are established with them in their sight, And their
offspring before their eyes.
:9 Their houses are safe from fear, Neither is the rod of God
:10 Their bull breeds without failure; Their cow calves without miscarriage.
:11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, And their children
:12 They sing to the tambourine and harp, And rejoice to the sound of the
:13 They spend their days in wealth, And in a moment go down to the grave.
:14 Yet they say to God, ‘Depart from us, For we do not desire the
knowledge of Your ways.
:15 Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? And what profit
do we have if we pray to Him?’
:16 Indeed their prosperity is not in their hand; The counsel of the
wicked is far from me.
:15 what profit do we have if we pray to Him?
Some wicked people feel that they don’t need to repent because life is so
good for them.
Patience and repentance
Yet the truth is that God is being kind and patient with them in order to
give them a chance to repent.
(Romans 2:4 NKJV) Or do you
despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing
that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
(2 Peter 3:9 NKJV) The Lord is
not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering
toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
The reason God hasn’t brought judgment yet is to give more
people a chance to repent.
21:17-26 Job: God isn’t fair to the wicked
:17 “How often is the lamp of the
wicked put out? How often does their destruction come upon them, The
sorrows God distributes in His anger?
The next three verses are just much smoother in the NLT:
(Job 21:17–19 NLT)
—17 “Yet the light of the wicked never seems to be extinguished. Do
they ever have trouble? Does God distribute sorrows to them in anger? 18 Are they
driven before the wind like straw? Are they carried away by the storm like
chaff? Not at all! 19 “ ‘Well,’ you say, ‘at least God will punish their children!’
But I say he should punish the ones who sin, so that they understand his
Though the wicked often “get away” with things, Job is wrong because God
doesn’t “skip” them.
He is patient, but there will be a day of reckoning.
Job is speaking out of his own frustration, everything seems better for the
wicked than it does for him.
:18 They are like straw before the
wind, And like chaff that a storm carries away.
This and the previous verse are
meant to be rhetorical questions, expecting a “no” for an answer.
(Job 21:18 NLT) Are they driven before
the wind like straw? Are they carried away by the storm like chaff? Not at all!
:19 They say, ‘God lays up
one’s iniquity for his children’; Let Him recompense him, that he may know it.
:20 Let his eyes see his destruction, And let him drink of the wrath of the
:21 For what does he care about his household after him, When the number of
his months is cut in half?
Job doesn’t see what good it would be if God punishes the children of the
wicked.After all, after a wicked person
is dead, what would they care about what happens to their family?
:22 “Can anyone teach God knowledge, Since He judges those on high?
Job it thinking:No one can tell God
what to do.He sits far above us in
heaven and just does what He wants anyway.
:23 One dies in his full strength, Being wholly at ease and secure;
:24 His pails are full of milk, And the marrow of his bones is moist.
:25 Another man dies in the bitterness of his soul, Never having eaten with
:26 They lie down alike in the dust, And worms cover them.
:26 They lie down alike in the dust
Both the poor and the rich will one day die.Again, Job is sinking in his despair,
thinking of the hopelessness of death.
It’s hard to have a correct perspective on life when all you are looking at