Job feels lost in the darkness. He is disrespected socially. He is in great physical pain. He feels spiritually abandoned. He is totally exhausted.
VERSE 1. “But now those who are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to put with my sheep dogs.
have me in derision. Job is disrespected socially.
VERSE 2. Of what use is the strength of their hands to me, men in whom ripe age has perished?
VERSE 3. They are gaunt from lack and famine. They gnaw the dry ground, in the gloom of waste and desolation.
VERSE 4. They pluck salt herbs by the bushes. The roots of the broom are their food.
VERSE 5. They are driven out from among men. They cry after them as after a thief;
VERSE 6. So that they dwell in frightful valleys, and in holes of the earth and of the rocks.
VERSE 7. Among the bushes they bray; and under the nettles they are gathered together.
VERSE 8. They are children of fools, yes, children of wicked men. They were flogged out of the land.
VERSE 9. “Now I have become their song. Yes, I am a byword to them.
VERSE 10. They abhor me, they stand aloof from me, and don’t hesitate to spit in my face.
VERSE 11. For he has untied his cord, and afflicted me; and they have thrown off restraint before me.
VERSE 12. On my right hand rise the rabble. They thrust aside my feet, They cast up against me their ways of destruction.
VERSE 13. They mar my path, They set forward my calamity, without anyone’s help.
VERSE 14. As through a wide breach they come, in the middle of the ruin they roll themselves in.
VERSE 15. Terrors have turned on me. They chase my honor as the wind. My welfare has passed away as a cloud.
Days of affliction. Job is in great physical pain.
In the night. Job’s nights are miserable.
VERSE 18. By great force is my garment disfigured. It binds me about as the collar of my tunic.
VERSE 19. He has cast me into the mire. I have become like dust and ashes.
you do not answer me. Job feels spiritually abandoned.
You have turned to be cruel to me. Job feels abandoned by the LORD God.
In times of spiritual darkness, standing by faith is our best coping mechanism.
VERSE 22. You lift me up to the wind, and drive me with it. You dissolve me in the storm.
VERSE 23. For I know that you will bring me to death, To the house appointed for all living.
VERSE 24. “However doesn’t one stretch out a hand in his fall? Or in his calamity therefore cry for help?
doesn’t one stretch out a hand in his fall? Job is opposed socially.
VERSE 25. Didn’t I weep for him who was in trouble? Wasn’t my soul grieved for the needy?
When I waited for light. We believers want the light of the LORD God to shine into our lives.
there came darkness. But sometimes, what God gives us is darkness. The darkness might be just what we need.
VERSE 27. My heart is troubled, and doesn’t rest. Days of affliction have come on me.
VERSE 28. I go mourning without the sun. I stand up in the assembly, and cry for help.
VERSE 29. I am a brother to jackals, and a companion to ostriches.
VERSE 30. My skin grows black and peels from me. My bones are burned with heat.
my harp has turned to mourning. Job is totally exhausted.
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