Job Answers Bildad’s Second Discourse
Job 19:1 Then Job answered and said, 19:2 How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words? 19:3 These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to me.
Job declares that IF he has sinned his friends have not revealed what the sin is; but have only accused him based on his suffering.
19:4 And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself [unknown to his friends]
Job lists his sufferings and still he is faithful and relies on God. In spite of all he is suffering Job does not sin against God. This is a remarkable statement of faith, loyalty and trust in God during inexplicable suffering.
19:5 If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach: 19:6 Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net.
19:7 Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment. 19:8 He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths.
19:9 He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head. 19:10 He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree.
19:11 He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies. 19:12 His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle.
19:13 He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me. 19:14 My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar [closest] friends have forgotten me.
19:15 They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight. 19:16 I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I intreated him with my mouth.
19:17 My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children’s sake of mine own body. 19:18 Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me. 19:19 All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned against me.
19:20 My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
19:21 Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.
19:22 Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh? 19:23 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a
book! 19:24 That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
Job maintains his trust in God in spite of all his afflictions
19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: 19:26 And though after my skin worms [maggots] destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: 19:27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins [internal organs] be consumed within me.
Job tells his friends to look to their own state with God instead of judging him because he is afflicted, for they will also face correction because they attack him in his trials.
19:28 But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me [Job’s friends need to acknowledge that the issue is not in Job but in themselves]? 19:29 Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath [wrongfully accusing and attacking] bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.
Also see the Hebrews 11 study about the faithfulness of the righteous through their sufferings
Zophar’s Second Discourse
Job’s friends repeatedly and rightly proclaimed the fate of the wicked and Job agreed with them; yet they sinned against Job by accusing the righteous just because he is suffering and being tested by God.
God allowed Job to be afflicted to TEST his loyalty to and humility before God, and to perfect his character!
Throughout history as it is today, God’s elect face continual testing of their loyalty directly to, and humility before God.
The TEST of Job is a continual TEST for ALL of the “called out” of every generation; perhaps in different ways, but the TEST always boils down to our faithful unshakable loyalty to God.
Zophar answers Job’s rebuke
Job 20:1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said, 20:2 Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste. 20:3 I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.
Zophar truthfully speaks of the end of the wicked; and again the false assumption is made that just because someone has trials they must be wicked, when the truth is very different. If God is working with us we will have trials to purge us and prune us so that we might bring forth much fruit of godliness.
Neither trials nor blessings are proof of godliness in this life, for Satan persecutes the righteous and blesses the wicked within the limits set by God for our own good.
The sole proof of a good relationship with God is the degree of zeal we have for the practical KEEPING, for OBEDIENCE; to live by every Word of God; which is love personified! We are to be as faithful as faithful Abraham or faithful Job in all our blessings and all OUR TRIALS.
The end of the wicked
20:4 Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth, 20:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment? 20:6 Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds; 20:7 Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he? 20:8 He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.
The wicked who break any part of God’s Word willfully, if they remain unrepentant; will ultimately be destroyed by Jesus Christ.
20:9 The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place any more behold him. 20:10 His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods.
The unrepentant wicked will be destroyed even if they prosper for a time.
20:11 His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust. 20:12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue; 20:13 Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth: 20:14 Yet his meat [wickedness] in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.
Wealth and gain gotten by wickedness will be taken away from the unrepentant.
20:15 He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly. 20:16 He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper’s tongue shall slay him. 20:17 He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter.
20:18 That which he laboured for shall he restore [give back], and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein.
The wicked shall fear that other wicked folks will take their evil gains and they shall have much stress and worry.
20:19 Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not; 20:20 Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired. 20:21 There shall none of his meat [food] be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods.
God will bring the proud down, no matter how great or prosperous they are.
20:22 In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him. 20:23 When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating. 20:24 He shall flee from the iron [powerful] weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through.
The proud will be pierced through for their pride and compromising with the Word of God.
20:25 It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: terrors are upon him.
An uncontrolled unstoppable fire of correction will sweep over all those who refue to sincerely repent of living contrary to any part of the Word of God.
20:26 All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle [body]. 20:27 The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.
The unrepentant wicked who compromise with any part of God’s Word will be destroyed.
20:28 The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.
20:29 This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.
Job Answers Zophar
Job 21:1 But Job answered and said, 21:2 Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations. 21:3 Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.
Job asks the question, why do the righteous suffer and the wicked are blessed?
21:4 As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled? 21:5 Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth.
21:6 Even when I remember [the fate of the wicked] I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh [we must learn to loath sin].
21:7 Wherefore do the wicked live, become [to an old age] old, yea, are mighty in power? 21:8 Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.
21:9 Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them. 21:10 Their bull gendereth [cattle reproduce], and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf. 21:11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.
The wicked rejoice and party in their sins, as they reject God’s Word for their own ways.
21:12 They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ. 21:13 They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.
21:14 Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. 21:15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?
Job will have NO part in wickedness and sin.
21:16 Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
Job knows that the end of the commandment breaker is their destruction. It is vital to look at the end of the matter and not at the middle of it.
21:17 How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger. 21:18 They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away. 21:19 God layeth up his iniquity [remembers] for his children [if they do not repent]: he rewardeth him, and he [the wicked shall know the correction of God for their sins] shall know it. 21:20 His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
The wicked have their pleasures for a very short time, but they shall have no pleasure in their future of eternal death; while the righteous shall inherit eternal life.
21:21 For what pleasure hath he in his house [grave] after him, when the number of his months is cut off [after he dies] in the midst?
Is any man as wise as God? Can any man teach God any thing?
21:22 Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.
Both the wealthy and the afflicted shall die and lie in the grave.
21:23 One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet. 21:24 His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow. 21:25 And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure. 21:26 They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.
21:27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me.
The wicked who compromise with or break God’s Word, may be exalted for a time to TEST the godly; but the unrepentant wicked are reserved for God’s day to be judged and destroyed in the fire.
21:28 For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? and where are the dwelling places of the wicked? 21:29 Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not know their tokens, 21:30 That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.
Even if no man can resist a wicked ruler; in the end even the most powerful wicked ruler shall surely perish.
21:31 Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay himwhat he hath done? 21:32 Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.
21:33 The clods [the grave shall give rest] of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every [all people shall die alike] man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.
Job asks: Why do you seek to comfort me by counting me among the wicked?
21:34 How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?