Job replies to the animosity of his wife and relatives and three “friends.” He feels wronged. However, he knows that his Redeemer lives.
VERSE 1. Then Job answered,
Job is sick of being tormented.
You aren’t ashamed. These people should be ashamed of themselves. However, they are not.
VERSE 4. If it is true that I have erred, my error remains with myself.
VERSE 5. If indeed you will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach;
God has subverted me. That is, “God .. has wronged me” (NLT translation).
This is a big change for Job. He has finally perceived what actually happened.
Job 1:12. The LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power. Only on himself don’t stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
God authorized Job to lose everything: oxen, donkeys, servants, sheep, camels, and sons and daughters.
Job 2:6. The LORD said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand. Only spare his life.
God authorized Job to be struck with painful sores from the sole of his foot to his head.
surrounded me with his net. To a suffering person, God can feel like an enemy.
And to a person in The Dark Night, God can feel like an enemy.
Such people are in trauma. They say things that, biblically or theologically, are off-base. They need our compassion and listening skills, not our corrections.
I am not heard. Nobody is listening to Job.
VERSE 8. He has walled up my way so that I can’t pass, and has set darkness in my paths.
VERSE 9. He has stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.
VERSE 10. He has broken me down on every side, and I am gone. My hope he has plucked up like a tree.
VERSE 11. He has also kindled his wrath against me. He counts me among his adversaries.
VERSE 12. His troops come on together, build a siege ramp against me, and encamp around my tent.
my brothers. Apparently Job has siblings. But they are not present.
My relatives. Job’s relatives are not present.
My familiar friends. Even Job’s closest friends have forgotten Job.
VERSE 15. Those who dwell in my house and my maids consider me a stranger. I am an alien in their sight.
VERSE 16. I call to my servant, and he gives me no answer. I beg him with my mouth.
VERSE 17. My breath is offensive to my wife. I am loathsome to the children of my own mother.
VERSE 18. Even young children despise me. If I arise, they speak against me.
VERSE 19. All my familiar friends abhor me. They whom I loved have turned against me.
VERSE 20. My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh. I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
Have pity on me. A suffering person needs our compassion. Our listening.
VERSE 22. Why do you persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
Oh that my words were now written. In the fullness of time, Job’s words will indeed be written in a book!
VERSE 24. That with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever!
I know that my Redeemer lives. This is a triumphant statement of faith!
in my flesh shall I see God. Job knows that his own eyes will see God.
Did Job expect the resurrection?
VERSE 27. Whom I, even I, shall see on my side. My eyes shall see, and not as a stranger. “My heart is consumed within me.
My heart is consumed within me. Job is consumed with longing for God.
We call that the Prayer of Longing. It is a great way to pray. We sit still and long for God.
VERSE 28. If you say, ‘How we will persecute him!’ because the root of the matter is found in me,
VERSE 29. be afraid of the sword, for wrath brings the punishments of the sword, that you may know there is a judgment.”
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