Job has come to loath his own life. No one can rescue him. His life is a black, disordered land where darkness is the only light.
VERSE 1. “My soul is weary of my life. I will give free course to my complaint. I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
My soul is weary of my life. Job loaths his own life.
VERSE 2. I will tell God, ‘Do not condemn me. Show me why you contend with me.
VERSE 3. Is it good to you that you should oppress, that you should despise the work of your hands, and smile on the counsel of the wicked?
VERSE 4. Do you have eyes of flesh? Or do you see as man sees?
VERSE 5. Are your days as the days of mortals, or your years as man’s years,
VERSE 6. that you inquire after my iniquity, and search after my sin?
there is no one who can deliver out of your hand. In those days, the Messiah had not yet arrived.
In the previous chapter, Job had wished for an arbiter, an intermediary between himself and God Almighty:
Job 9:33. There is no umpire between us, that might lay his hand on us both.
VERSE 8. “ ‘Your hands have framed me and fashioned me altogether, yet you destroy me.
VERSE 9. Remember, I beg you, that you have fashioned me as clay. Will you bring me into dust again?
VERSE 10. Haven’t you poured me out like milk, and curdled me like cheese?
VERSE 11. You have clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews.
VERSE 12. You have granted me life and loving kindness. Your visitation has preserved my spirit.
VERSE 13. Yet you hid these things in your heart. I know that this is with you:
VERSE 14. if I sin, then you mark me. You will not acquit me from my iniquity.
VERSE 15. If I am wicked, woe to me. If I am righteous, I still shall not lift up my head, being filled with disgrace, and conscious of my affliction.
VERSE 16. If my head is held high, you hunt me like a lion. Again you show yourself powerful to me.
VERSE 17. You renew your witnesses against me, and increase your indignation on me. Changes and warfare are with me.
VERSE 18. “ ‘Why, then, have you brought me out of the womb? I wish I had given up the spirit, and no eye had seen me.
VERSE 19. I should have been as though I had not been. I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.
VERSE 20. Aren’t my days few? Cease then. Leave me alone, that I may find a little comfort,
VERSE 21. before I go where I shall not return from, to the land of darkness and of the shadow of death;
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VERSE 22. the land dark as midnight, of the shadow of death, without any order, where the light is as midnight.’ ”
NAB translation. “The black, disordered land where darkness is the only light.”
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the light is as midnight. Sometimes, believers find themselves unable to see, spiritually. All becomes spiritual darkness to them.
The remedy is to trust God, even in the midst of the darkness.
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