For the arrows of the Almighty are in me;
my spirit drinks their poison;
the terrors of God are arrayed against me.
What a beautiful, yet tragic series of lines.
“Teach me, and I will be silent;
make me understand how I have gone wrong.
How forceful are honest words!
But your reproof, what does it reprove?
It must not be easy to spend this time of sadness and pain, and also ask for teaching. Yes, he is asking for answers to the wrong questions. But it seems he’s still willing and wanting to listen.
“Remember that my life is a breath;
my eye will never again see good.
The eye that beholds me will see me no more;
while your eyes are upon me, I shall be gone.
As the cloud fades and vanishes,
so those who go down to Sheol do not come up;
they return no more to their houses,
nor do their places know them any more.
Oh, if only he could know about Jesus. On another note, I wonder how this connects to his “my redeemer lives” section later on.
What are human beings, that you make so much of them,
that you set your mind on them,
visit them every morning,
test them every moment?
Well that’s interesting. Almost the same lines appear in Psalm 8, except there they are words of praise and worship of God. but here, they seem more like words of accusation, complaint and lament against God.
Why do you not pardon my transgression
and take away my iniquity?
For now I shall lie in the earth;
you will seek me, but I shall not be.”
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2 thoughts on “Fragments from a speech by Job| Selections of Job 6 & 7”
Very few people, namely commentators and preachers, give Job his rightful due for “swinging for the fences”, demanding a a hearing with his God and suffering fools. They tend to completely overlook God’s approval of Job.
“My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. 8 . . . And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” Job 42:7–8.
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