"Job's address to Zophar continues."
"Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and
Job is saying that he has seen
all the things that he is speaking of come to pass.
"What ye know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior
is telling these friends, that he has heard all the things of advise
that they had given to him, and he knows all that they are saying.
Everything that you know, I know.
"Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to
reason with God."
is saying, I don't want to reason with you, but I want the answer from
"But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no
is reminding them that with all his boils covering him from head to toe,
you haven't taken away one small part of my pain.
Just like many of the preachers today, they continue to holler,
repent, while at the same time they put no knowledge of the truth into
your mind. They want to tell
you all the things that you are doing wrong, yet they will not plant the
plan of God in your mind to where you can navigate through this life.
is telling these three, if you just keep your mouth shut, you would be
"Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my
is pleading with them to just listen to what I am is saying.
you going to put yourself in God's place and judge me?
Do you think that you are smarter than God.
Even today people like to play God with other peoples lives, and
God doesn't like that.
"Will ye accept His person? will ye contend for God?"
"Is it good that He should search you out? or as one man
mocketh another, do ye so mock Him?"
you so stupid that you would quibble with God like He were a man?
will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons."
you try to sit in God's role of judgment, God will put you in your
place, for it is a serious thing with God.
God has His plan for each of our lives and we are not to judge
others in their running of their lives.
God is dealing with each of His people, and He doesn't treat all
of us alike. Many need
correction, while other try to follow God's plan.
"Shall not His excellency make you afraid? and His dread
fall upon you?"
is asking, when you are judging me, doesn't it make you a little
"Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to
bodies of clay."
pompous talk is nothing but ashes. Your words have no more meaning than
a hunk of clay.
"Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let
come on me what will."
again tells them that they are not listening to what he has to say, but
they are closed minded to anything Job says.
"Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life
in mine hand?"
is telling them that he is going to take his own life in his hand and
speak my mind.
"Though He slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will
maintain mine own ways before Him."
if God desires to take my life, yet will I continue to trust in Him.
God may kill me, but I will still present my case to the Father.
Be very careful when you present your case to men, for they will
twist what you say, but instead present your case directly to God.
When you try to shape your life to God's plan, you will never
drift off to far.
"He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not
come before Him."
is telling these men that he knows that he will stand before God, even
when those hypocrites do not. Job
is more or less calling these men hypocrites.
"Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your
"Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be
is telling these men that I have presented his case to God, and I know
that I will be acquited in the end; and he will.
"Who is he that will plead with me? for now, If I hold my
tongue, I shall give up the ghost."
is saying that these things of the flesh are hurting me so bad, and the
things in my heart are bothering me so much that if I don't speak out I
will die. Job has decided by
this time that a man cannot help him.
"Only do not two things unto me: then will I not hide myself
Job is asking them again,
please grant me these two things.
"Withdraw Thine hand far from me; and let not Thy dread make
two things are that they stop telling Job all these scary stories, and
stop judging me.
"Then call Thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and and
answer Thou me."
Now lets sit down and reason
this thing through.
"How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my
transgression and my sin."
Job is getting to the point. He
is saying that you have accused me of iniquities and sins, so if I have
done these things, name those sins to me now.
This is how you analyze your life.
Look at the things you do and analyze why you do the things you
do and say. Job had no sins
that they could point to, so they just talked in general terms.
"Wherefore hidest Thou Thy face, and holdest me for Thine
whole time that these men talked to Job, they couldn't even look at him
in the eyes. They looked
down at the ground the whole time.
"Wilt Thou break a leaf driven to and from? and wilt Thou
pursue the dry stubble."
is written in the Hebrew and it is the way that many of God's people are
today. In your quest for the
answer, are you going to chase every dry leaf that blows across the
land. Both the dry leaf and
the stubble are things of no substance of value, they blow away in the
"For Thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to
possess the iniquities of my youth."
are trying to even make me heir to the sins of my youth that have been
haven't tried to understand me, but you have already placed my feet in
the stocks and are getting me ready for punishment.
Job is telling them that they have already stamped him with the
mark of a prisoner.
"And He, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that
is moth eaten."
of the early Hebrew manuscripts do not have this verse.
However, this verse reads, they have condemned Job and made Job a
sinner in their minds, just as sure as a rotten things is consumed by
maggots, and a garment is eaten by the moths.
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