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Job 26 – 29

Job 26

Job Responds

Job agrees that God is mighty and asks: Can you help a man against God? Can any man resist God? And Job speaks of the might and wisdom of God; insisting that he would not sin against God.

Job 26:1 But Job answered and said, 26:2 How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength? 26:3 How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is? 26:4 To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee? 26:5 Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.

26:6 Hell is naked before him [God] , and destruction hath no [place to hide] covering. 26:7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. 26:8 He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent [does not collapse from the sky by the weight of the water] under them.

God hides the place of his throne from men.

26:9 He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.

God has made the dry land to rise above the waters.

26:10 He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.

The heavenly bodies are maintained by God’s power and shake at God’s Word.

26:11 The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.

God has made the dry land to divide the sea; shall he not humble the proud commandments breakers who lean to the pathetic wisdom of mortal man.

26:12 He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud.

God created the heavens and all that lives on the earth.

26:13 By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.

We have heard only a tiny part of the greatness of God; who can understand God’s wisdom and might?

26:14 Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?

Job 27

Job continues to exalt God even as he suffers; demonstrating his loyalty is not predicated on blessings, but is absolute during both blessings and sorrows.

Job 27:1 Moreover Job continued his parable [teaching], and said, 27:2 As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;

27:3 All the while [as long as I live]my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils; 27:4 My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.

27:5 God forbid that I should justify you [by agreeing that God has been unjust, or that I have sinned against him] : till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me. 27:6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

27:7 Let mine enemy be [adversary [who is really Satan] be destroyed] as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous.

Job will not be a hypocrite, by refusing to do what he has taught others to do.

27:8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained [much] , when God taketh away his soul [life]? 27:9 Will God hear his

cry when trouble cometh upon him? 27:10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God? 27:11 I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.

Every wise man knows that the wicked shall be destroyed.  Job has taught this and now his friends try to teach Job what they had previously learned from him.

27:12 Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus altogether vain? 27:13 This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty.

More on the end of the wicked

27:14 If his [unrepentant] children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.

27:15 Those that remain of [the wicked] him shall be buried in death: and his [their] widows shall not weep [the end of their oppression].

Ultimately the just shall inherit the earth and the unrepentant wicked shall inherit destruction.

27:16 Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay; 27:17 He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver. 27:18 He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh. 27:19 The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not [enjoy his riches] be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not [dies].

Fears come up against the wicked like the continual lapping of the waves; and he has his sleep disturbed in the night.

27:20 Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night. 27:21 The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place.

The wicked would flee from God and the repentant righteous shall reject the evil doer.

27:22 For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand. 27:23 Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.

Job 28

The Greatness of God

God has created the earth and all its wealth and beauty.  This chapter is about the great power and wisdom of God: Why should mankind, especially called out people; be tempted to compromise with any part of God’s Words of wisdom and life?

Job 28:1 Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it. 28:2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone. 28:3 He [God] setteth an end to darkness [at the dawn; and enlightens the ignorant], and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.

Even the waters are controlled by God, so that God may take them away if he so wills.

28:4 The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters forgotten of the foot [foot peddle powered irrigation] : they are dried up, they are gone away from men.

Job knows that the center of the earth is a fire; the ancients knew far more than some think.

28:5 As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.

Precious stones are hidden in the earth, all made by God.

28:6 The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold.

God knows even the most secret things.

28:7 There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture’s eye hath not seen: 28:8 The lion’s whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.

God has the wisdom and power to resurface the earth if he so desires.

28:9 He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots. 28:10 He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing. 28:11 He bindeth the floods [God sets the seas and bodies of water to their places] from overflowing; and the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.

God is full of wisdom, but there is no godly wisdom in man. Man NEEDS the spiritual wisdom of God.

28:12 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? 28:13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. 28:14 The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.

Godly wisdom cannot be purchased for money; it must be acquired by learning, assimilating, submitting to and living by every Word of God

28:15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. 28:16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire. 28:17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold. 28:18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies. 28:19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

28:20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding? 28:21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close [hidden] from the fowls of the air. 28:22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears [but we know it not].

True wisdom is of God and begins with R E S P E C T for God and diligently learning and living by every Word of God.

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

Job 28:23 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof. 28:24 For he [God] looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven; 28:25 To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.

God created all things by his wisdom

28:26When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder: 28:27 Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.

28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil [by obeying God] is understanding.

Job 29

Job Continues His Story 

Job rehearses the story of his life, his prosperity and his trials

Job 29:1 Moreover Job continued his parable, and said, 29:2 Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me; 29:3 When [God smiled and blessed me] his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness; 29:4 As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret [wisdom of the Word of God] of God was upon my tabernacle [life]; 29:5 When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me; 29:6 When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil; 29:7 When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street! 29:8 The young men saw me, and hid themselves [were humble and respectful before me]: and the aged arose [in respect for me], and stood up.

Job recounts that even the rulers respected the wisdom of God’s  Word which was given to him for his zealous faithfulness.

29:9 The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth. 29:10 The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

Those who saw and heard Job and his teachings, blessed him for the deliverance that God’s Word brings.

29:11 When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me: 29:12 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

Those who were delivered by the Word of God as taught by Job, blessed him; and the poor and widows rejoiced in his help as he applied God’s Word in his decisions.

29:13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.

God’s commandments are righteousness and love; and Job put them on like a garment

29:14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.

The commandments of God give sight [wisdom] to the [spiritually] blind and strength to the spiritually weak.

29:15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.

God is a Father to the poor in spirit who exalt him and do his will, and Job by doing the Father’s will was like a father to his people.

Matthew 5:2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

See our in depth Beatitudes studies.

Job delivered the poor and was like a father to them, searching out the true justice of any cause as a godly judge.

Job 29:16 I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.

The commandments of God are wisdom and deliver men out of the mouth of destruction [deliver from the grave].

29:17 And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

Job believed that he would never suffer any ill because he was faithful and righteous before God; not understanding that God also TESTS and purges the faithful so that they may bear even more fruit.

29:18 Then I said, I shall die in my nest [own home surrounded by my children at a old age], and I shall multiply my days as the sand.

Job was rich and full of Godly wisdom because of his faithfulness to God. Wisdom brought him wealth and the respect of all around him.

Job was strong like a well watered tree.

29:19 My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch. 29:20 My glory was fresh in me, and my bow [strength] was renewed in my hand. 29:21 Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence [did not interrupt] at my counsel. 29:22 After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them. 29:23 And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.

Men did not believe that Job would be in error, and men looked up to his appearing.

29:24 If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.

Job was a mighty man and leader of the people.

29:25 I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.

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