Job is speaking with sincerity. However, what his “friends” believe about God is, for the most part, mere cultural assumptions. They are not biblically based.
VERSE 1. Job again took up his parable, and said,
made my soul bitter. The LORD God had indeed allowed everything to be taken from Job.
the spirit. The Hebrew word is וְר֖וּחַ (“ruach”). It means breath, wind, spirit.
In those days, people envisioned the spirit of God as breath, wind.
shall my tongue utter deceit. Job is speaking with sincerity.
VERSE 5. Far be it from me that I should justify you. Until I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
VERSE 6. I hold fast to my righteousness, and will not let it go. My heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
I hold fast to my righteousness. If Job had NOT sinned, it would be wrong for him to say he had.
VERSE 7. “Let my enemy be as the wicked. Let him who rises up against me be as the unrighteous.
VERSE 8. For what is the hope of the godless, when he is cut off, when God takes away his life?
VERSE 9. Will God hear his cry when trouble comes on him?
VERSE 10. Will he delight himself in the Almighty, and call on God at all times?
VERSE 11. I will teach you about the hand of God. I will not conceal that which is with the Almighty.
I will teach you about the hand of God. What Job’s “friends” believe about God is, for the most part, mere cultural assumptions. They are not biblically based.
Thus Job is indeed qualified to instruct them about the ways of God.
VERSE 12. Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves; why then have you become altogether vain?
VERSE 13. “This is the portion of a wicked man with God, the heritage of oppressors, which they receive from the Almighty.
VERSE 14. If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword. His offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
VERSE 15. Those who remain of him shall be buried in death. His widows shall make no lamentation.
VERSE 16. Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare clothing as the clay;
VERSE 17. he may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.
VERSE 18. He builds his house as the moth, as a booth which the watchman makes.
VERSE 19. He lies down rich, but he shall not do so again. He opens his eyes, and he is not.
VERSE 20. Terrors overtake him like waters. A storm steals him away in the night.
VERSE 21. The east wind carries him away, and he departs. It sweeps him out of his place.
VERSE 22. For it hurls at him, and does not spare, as he flees away from his hand.
VERSE 23. Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.
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