"Job's reply to Eliphaz's second
children, the Kenites were part of the mixing up of this book of Job,
and we see that there are many places where they have completely changed
the meanings from the text. There
is much pollution in these writings, when noted scholars take verses and
say that this verse simply cannot be understood.
Is the thought is lost? This
is why the Massorah is important, for it helps us pick up the thought
and keep focused on the topic at hand.
This is why it is important to get the full tools of in material
and try to understand what has been changed by those Kenites scribes.
16:1 "Then Job answered and said,"
is now going to answer Eliphaz and the lashing he has been given.
"I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye
had no good words to say about those lies from this miserable comforter,
"Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that
"I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's
stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at
is saying that If he were in their place, and they were in great pain,
having the boils and lost everything, I could also find words to heap on
"But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of
my lips should asswaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased?"
instead, I would not do that, but I would strengthen you with kind words
from my mouth. "Asswaged"
means to "give words to make suffering bearable".
"Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I
forbare, what am I eased?"
translation here is completely lost from the original text.
Job is telling them that he uses self-control and restraint over
my grief. I am the same in
and out of my suffering.
"But now He hath made me weary: Thou hast made desolate all
still has not figured out that it is Satan that is doing this to him.
He says that God has made him weary, and family dead and gone. "Company"
as used here is "family".
"And Thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness
against me: and my leanness rising up in me beareth witness to my
wrinkles that have come over me is a false witness against me.
These sores and the great loss that has come over me is
presenting a false witness to my faithfulness to God.
Job is now asking God, how can you allow my leanness and my bones
showing through my skin bear this false witness against me.
I'm not guilty Father; and Job continues to place the blame on
God and not the one that is doing the evil against him.
He doesn't know that Satan is the offender.
"He teareth me in His wrath, Who hateth me: He gnasheth upon
me with His teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth His eyes upon me."
expression has to do with how a cat destroys it's prey.
It picks it's prey up with its teeth, and gnashes it and then
toys with it for a while before it seeks its death.
Job is saying that God is doing that with him, making it appear
that there is a way of escape when all the while there is no hope.
"They have gaped upon me with their mouth: they have smitten
me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together
"They" are these so-called friends of Job.
It will be quite clear that not only are these three taking aim
at Job, but there are others that come along and toy with Job's mind.
"God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me
over ito the hands of the wicked."
is "the hands of the wicked".
When all of us are born from the womb and into this world, we are
born into "the hands of Satan", and the prince of darkness in
the world. You were turned
into their hand, however today we can't carry on like Job did, for today
we have Christ. He is the
buffer and protector in our lives, and we do have the power and the
authority to order Satan and his realm out of our lives.
"I was at ease, but He hath broken me asunder: He hath also
taken me by my neck, and shaken me to peaces, and set me up for His
is saying that he had the riches to make his life at ease.
When Job was living in comfort, out of nowhere came this trouble
that "broke me asunder".
Then Job relates this to a cat toys with its prey before the kill;
To "set up for a mark" means he is "set to be a
"His archers compass me round about, He cleaveth my reins
asunder, and doth not spare; He poureth out my gall upon the
a sense of toying with the prey. Archers
are experts, and when they shoot their arrows, their arrows land all
around me, aiming at near points but not Job directly.
"He breaketh me with breach upon breach, He runneth upon me
like a giant."
"Giant" as given in the Hebrew is "gibbor",
a mighty man, a man of war.
"I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in
"horn" is the pride of an animal, and it is the weapon
that is used against it's enemy. Horn
in the Hebrew text represents "strength or power".
When the horn is in the dust it means that the animal or man of
war is dead, for horns are never allowed to get into the dirt.
Job is saying that as he stands before God, he knows that he is
almost finished in this flesh life.
"My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the
shadow of death;"
is saying that he can almost see the grave as he looks through his tear
"Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is
Job is standing there ready to die, he acknowledges that this trouble is
an injustice to him for he knows that his thoughts and deeds are pure
"O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no
the Hebrew text it is an expression which means; "Don't let my body
be covered over without revenge being taken on those responsible."
"Also now, behold, my Witness is in heaven, and my record is
close attention to these verses, for it is what we came here for.
Job knows that the only pure Witness is in heaven, for God knows
all things that happen and the intent of each person's mind.
Job knew that his name was in the book in heaven, and there is no
wrong judgments before the throne of God.
"My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto
when my friends bad gossip about me, I still serve and reverence my God.
My friends can do what they want to, but I chose to follow Him,
in innocence before God.
"O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man
pleadeth for his neighbour!"
that I may just talk to God and tell Him how I feel and plead with him.
It is a very beautiful thing to hold a person in prayer before
God, the well being of his neighbor.
This is in reference to the Son of man, Jesus Christ, pleading
for His neighbor. Job is
asking and pleading that God would send someone to be a go between and
arbitrate the problems between man and God.
This of course has happened, for God sent his only Son to suffer
and die the sacrifice, so that all mankind would have an arbitrator to
stand before the throne of God. That
didn't take place until fifteen hundred years had passed after this
writing in the Book of Job.
Christ was born and lived the perfect, just as the prophets said He
would. God's plan was
fulfilled, and in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we now have a person to plead our case before the throne of God.
Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father, and it is through
Jesus Christ and His name that we do have the power and the victory over
Satan, if we will just take that power.
When "man" is stated here, it is "Ben-adam",
which in the Hebrew is "Son of man", and Job is pleading that
God would send His very Son to be our go between.
Though Job was in great pain, he still had the clarity in mind to
plead with God to send a redeemer for mankind and his neighbor.
Job got his wish, and you and I are the benefactors of that wish.
"When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I
shall not return."
earned his reward, and God granted him a long life as we shall see
before the end of this book.
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