Job wishes his friends would shut up. What they say is merely from culture, and not from the Bible. Even if God Almighty slays Job, Job will still trust him.
VERSE 1. “Behold, my eye has seen all this. My ear has heard and understood it.
VERSE 2. What you know, I know also. I am not inferior to you.
I would speak to the Almighty. Job is not alone in this desire. Most people wish they could speak with God.
you are forgers of lies. What Job’s “friends” were saying was not true.
They were asserting that he suffered because of his own sins. That was not true.
that you would be completely silent! Job wishes his “friends” would stop talking.
VERSE 6. Hear now my reasoning. Listen to the pleadings of my lips.
VERSE 7. Will you speak unrighteously for God, and talk deceitfully for him?
VERSE 8. Will you show partiality to him? Will you contend for God?
VERSE 9. Is it good that he should search you out? Or as one deceives a man, will you deceive him?
VERSE 10. He will surely reprove you, if you secretly show partiality.
VERSE 11. Shall not his majesty make you afraid, And his dread fall on you?
proverbs of ashes. The things they said were merely cultural assumptions, and not biblical truths.
In our day, many Christians assert all sorts of things in the name of Jesus Christ. Yet most of what they assert is based on mere cultural norms, and not on the Bible.
VERSE 13. “Be silent, leave me alone, that I may speak. Let come on me what will.
VERSE 14. Why should I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand?
VERSE 15. Behold, he will kill me. I have no hope. Nevertheless, I will maintain my ways before him.
NAB translation. Slay me though he might, I will [trust in] him.
VERSE 16. This also shall be my salvation, that a godless man shall not come before him.
VERSE 17. Hear diligently my speech. Let my declaration be in your ears.
VERSE 18. See now, I have set my cause in order. I know that I am righteous.
VERSE 19. Who is he who will contend with me? For then would I hold my peace and give up the spirit.
VERSE 20. “Only don’t do two things to me; then I will not hide myself from your face:
VERSE 21. withdraw your hand far from me; and don’t let your terror make me afraid.
VERSE 22. Then call, and I will answer; or let me speak, and you answer me.
Make me know my disobedience and my sin. That is, tell my which sins I have committed and when.
VERSE 24. Why hide you your face, and hold me for your enemy?
VERSE 25. Will you harass a driven leaf? Will you pursue the dry stubble?
VERSE 26. For you write bitter things against me, and make me inherit the iniquities of my youth:
VERSE 27. You also put my feet in the stocks, and mark all my paths. You set a bound to the soles of my feet,
VERSE 28. though I am decaying like a rotten thing, like a garment that is moth-eaten.
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