Zophar the Naamathite replied to all Job’s complaining and questioning, asking him, “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? … Who can oppose him?” And he said that if Job devotes his heart to God and stretch out his hands to him, put away sin and allow no evil to enter his tent, then he could lift his face without shame, standing firm and without fear, then life will become brighter, he will be secure, have hope and take his rest in safety. But the eyes of the wicked will fail, escape will elude them and their hope will become a dying gasp.
Then Job replied, “But I have a mind as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know all these things? I have become a laughingstock to my friends, though I called upon God and he answered– a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!” He goes on to say all God is capable of — anything and everything.
Hallie: “Basically, no one knows what God has in store, not even the things he created with his own hands.”
Job is slamming Zophar and wants him to leave him alone. Job wants to speak with God, one-on-one. Job pleads his case before God, questioning why God is torturing him and why he will not show his face. He speaks to God of all his cruelty that is undeserved.
Hallie says this is a sad chapter.
Speaking of birth as if life lasts for but a second and death comes too quickly. A tree has a longer life and even if it dies, a water may bring its rebirth. Men have no hope, even for his children, but only for himself as he will not witness his children after he is dead.
Hallie says this chapter is mostly about Job not being appreciative. The Bible is like a riddle.
You perceive something else than what it’s actually saying. We had to read this chapter a few times to even get what it was saying and we are still not 100%.
Eliphaz the Temanite is talking to Job, accusing him of speaking evil and rage against God and goes on to tell how the wicked will not escape God’s wrath.
Reading these chapters makes me see Job differently. I’ve always been told and taught that Job was a blameless man who had everything stripped away from him, yet never stopped worshipping God. However, these chapters make me believe that Job is questioning God, yelling at God, accusing God, blaming God for torturing him. Are these not sins? To me, it sounds as though he wants to turn his back on God, because it seems God turned his back on Job. Am I wrong here? Am I misunderstanding all these chapters we’ve read? In the past, all I’ve learned is from “church going people” and ministers. We have never sat and read the Bible chronologically and are learning all sorts of things we did not realize before.
I am not saying God turned his back on Job. He was allowing Satan to test him. We know this. What I’m inferring is what Job is seemingly feeling in this and earlier chapters. I just wanted to elaborate.