"Solemn claim of his innocence."
"I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think
upon a maid?"
is continuing with his talk to his three friends, and this is the last
talk that he will have with them. The
maid is an unmarried virgin, and Job as telling them that he would not
allow himself to be placed in a position of being tempted with a maid.
"For what portion of God is there from above? and what
inheritance of the Almighty from on high."
reward that the God gives His faithful servants is their rewards, it's
payday for the work and devotion given by His servants while here on
earth in these flesh bodies. When
we are one of God's elect and part of His kingdom we should expect God's
promises to be kept, and the inheritance God has promised to each of His
"Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment
to the workers of iniquity?"
will be given to the wicked for all the iniquity that is done by them.
"Doth not He see my ways, and count all my steps?"
God see what I am doing here, and know the intentions of my heart?
"If I have walked with vanity or my foot hath hasted to
I have been tricked into believing lies;...
"Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know
let God know that I am innocent. Job
isn't worried about being innocent, for He knows that he has not sinned.
There are very few in the world today that could live as perfect
of life as Job lived. We
have Christ today for those times when we fall short of God's ways.
However, Christ had not yet been born at this time of Job.
"If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart
walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hand;"
I have done any thing within my heart, or eye sight, or if I have gotten
my hands dirty;..
"Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring
be rooted out."
I have done anything to harm another, let my crop be rooted or plowed
up, and yield no crop for myself. Job
is saying if he had any intentions of harming another person, let me not
be blessed. Keep the parable
of the tares in mind from Matthew 13.
"If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have
laid wait at my neighbour's door;"
"Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow
down upon her."
this is saying is that if I have taken advantage of another man's wife,
than let my wife become a slave of another man.
This shows just how positive that Job felt that he was right in
"For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be
punished by the judges.;"
is a very poor translation from the Massorah text. Job is saying is that
this is a wicked act before the law, and he has not committed it.
"For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would
root out all mine increase."
we have that old Hebrew word, "Abaddon",
is one of Satan's names. He
is starting to point the finger of his problems as being from Satan.
"If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my
maidservant, when they contended with me;"
is saying that if I rejected a plea of one of my servants when they
brought a complaint to me;
"What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when He
visiteth, what shall I answer Him?
somebody came to me, I listened and dealt fairly with them.
However what can I do if God comes with a complaint?
"Did not He That made me in the womb make him?
and did not One fashion us in the womb?"
is saying; were not all of us created in the womb to be born equal?
I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of
the widow to fail;"
can see the help I have given the poor by the shine in their eyes.
Even the widows eyes were not caused to grow dim.
The eyes that are happy shines and glows bright.
"Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless
hath not eaten thereof;"
I let the orphans starve while I ate my morsels alone;
"(For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a
father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;"
I was a young man, if I saw an orphan pass by, I treated him as if I was
his father. All my life I
have tried to take care of the widows and orphans.
If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor
"If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed
with the fleece of my sheep;"
own body blessed him for having prepared clothing for it, from his own
"If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I
saw my help in the gate;"
I was a judge I could have taken advantage of the fatherless and widows,
but I did not. If I would
have done such a thing the judges at the gate would have even looked the
other way. Job could have
gotten away with it, but he just didn't do it.
"Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm
be broken from the bone."
I am not telling the truth, let them pull my arm out of the socket at my
"For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason
of His highness I could not endure."
is saying that he could not do any of these things for fear of the
living God. Job knew that
God would hold him accountable for everything that he did, when he knew
to do right and revere God.
"If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold,
`Thou are my confidence;"
never put his faith in anything beside God, not in his wealth nor his
gold. Remember that this
verse is in response to Job's answer to these three friends that accused
him of his misplaced confidence. Job
was a good man and he is declaring it.
"If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine
hand had gotten much."
acknowledges that he held much wealth.
"If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in
never worshipped any of the heavenly bodies in idolatry.
Job never worshipped any moon god, angels, or the stars as most
of the nations were doing at this time.
"And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath
kissed my hand:"
is an idiom in a sense, and it means that I never allowed myself to be
led astray. Friend you have
to be very careful in these latter days for there will be many new ideas
and things that come along to draw you away from God's Word.
These things in many cases have to do with the sun, moon, stars
and the angels. Even though
there is a written prophecy in the stars and heavenly bodies of the
constellations, but they must be proven by the Word of God.
If there is not a witness in God's Word to the fact, than it is
"This also were an iniquity to the punished by the judge:
for I should have denied the God That is above."
is saying, if I had done these things, I would have been saying,
"God doesn't exist."
"If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or
lifted up myself when evil found him:"
is beautiful and it shows us exactly what kind of man Job was.
Job is saying that I don't even rejoice over my enemies
destruction. It doesn't make
me feel good to put the other man down.
"(Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by washing a curse
to his soul.)"
my enemy has a soul, an eternal being within his flesh body.
Though Job was not at all happy with his enemies, he would not
curse the eternal soul within the man.
Job knew that it was the flesh that was making the man do what he
"If the men of my tabernacle said not, `Oh that we had of
his flesh! we cannot be satisfied!"
is a great deal of confusion in this verse, and lets see what the
Massorah text has to say about it. The
men that worked for me did not talk against me.
However the way that the translators made this, you are drawn to
a conclusion that they did.
are to partake of "His flesh", for it is talking of Jesus
Christ's f;esh. His flesh is
the bread, and his blood is the wine that we partake of in the Communion
service. We take the
Communion in remembrance of all that Christ did for us at the cross.
"The stranger did not lodge in the street; but I opened my
doors to the traveller."
was a good man that took care of the stranger that ended up at his house
"If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity
in my bosom:"
the Hebrew this is a question. Job
is asking, did I ever covered my sins as did "Adam",
which is "man", common man?
"Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of
families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of the
is a good lesson for us. It
is saying that if the whole town was buzzing with gossip about me, do
you think I stayed inside and hid myself behind my family?
Job went out side the door and met the gossip straight on.
"Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the
Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a
adversary had caused many books to be written, and this was Job's
trouble. The problem here is
that Job doesn't know who his adversary is, for Job thinks it is God
that is doing all this to him. In
fact it is Satan that has caused all of Job's problems, and to us today
Job is part of this book that is written to warn us of the adversary.
That book is our Bible. Job
wants the book to be written so that others can know what they are
guilty of. Job still thinks
God is doing the punishing, and that he has done something wrong.
don't ever forget Satan and the trouble that he will try to bring upon
you, if you allow him to. You
have the power and the authority in Jesus Christ to put Satan and his
Kenite children in their place. Jesus
Christ gave you that power and authority.
"Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a
crown to me."
is saying that if I could have that little book that is accusing me, I
would bind it up and make a turbin out of it for my head.
I would wear it with pride for I am surely not guilty, and the
book would say so.
"I would declare unto Him the number of my steps; as a
prince would I go near unto Him."
would plead the record of my life before Him.
Were it not for repentance, there are very few persons, if any
today that could make this statement.
"If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise
the very seed bed of my lands complain;
"If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have
caused the owners thereof to lose their life:"
I have caused anyone to lose anything in their life:
"Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of
barley." The words of
Job are ended."
is saying that if he has caused harm to anyone let his land cease to
bear its fruit and crops. Over
the past twenty eight chapters were have read many words, yet there are
no0 answers, for these men have completely missed the point.
Though there has not been an answer yet, there will be all the
answers in just a very few chapters.
The Living God will step in and give him the answers to all his
problems. Yet Job is hid
from the whole problem, for what was it that Job requested would grow up
in his wheat? Thistles, and
cockles instead of the barley.
the parable by Jesus Christ, from Matthew 13, or the tares that were
planted amongst the wheat? We
have something growing around us beside the wheat of God's people, and
that is our enemy. The
Kenite is the tares [the zoan in the Greek] that have been planted
amongst us. We don't have
pure wheat today, nor did Job have pure wheat in his day.
If you are one of God's elect, you will never forget Satan's
children, the Kenites. See
that you stand them in their place when they come against you.
We are to protect ourselves from the and use the authority that
God has given us against them. That
power come from the only living and true God.
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