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26 I was not in safety [shalah], neither had I rest [shaqat],
neither was I quiet [nuwach]; yet trouble [rogez] came [bow']. KJV-Interlinear
26 'I am not at ease, nor am I quiet, And I am not at rest,
but turmoil comes.' NASB
rather confusing verse, but what Job is basically saying, is that he is not
aware of anything he has done to bring this adversity onto himself.
is not conscious of any degree of negligence on his part, in observing his
spiritual life. He does not believe that
his prosperity offered him so much security, that he had become relaxed, or
quiet, or so much at ease, that he had become lax within his spiritual life.
is well versed in the vanities and troubles of the world in which he was
born. He realized that his birth into
such a world did not bring him safety nor rest within his environment.
was mindful of his affairs, of his responsibilities, of his obligations, and he
feels that he pursued those things with more than adequate respect, such that
he was able to maintain his guard against any and all threats that the world
that Job was so mindful of his children, that he fulfilled confessional
offerings in their behalf, lest they offend God by their sins and come to a bad
state. Job was mindful of his
servants. Job was mindful of his trading
partners and customers. He was mindful
of his own health.
had not considered himself so secure, nor indulged himself in the ease and
softness of life, he had not trusted in his wealth, nor flattered himself in
his own accomplishments, with the hopes of perpetuating forever, his lifestyle
his own mind, these things, these adversities, which have pounded him in recent
weeks, came upon him for no obvious reason.
Certainly for no reason which he has caused.
the big question in his mind. Why? Why me? Why have all of these things happened
has described Job to Satan, as 'blameless and upright.' 'There is no one like him in all the earth.'
the application of this principle for you and me. If Job was above and beyond any of us, and
yet Job was hammered as he was, then how much more do any of us deserve being
hammered in this world? Or, how much
less can we avoid adversity during our life on this earth?
among us are better than Job? Who among
us have earned or deserve better than Job?
was an upstanding person, and yet turmoil came into his life.
the remainder of the book, we will be bombarded with one opinion after
another. If there is one thing that
humanity is not short of, it is opinions.
might even ask yourself, 'If Job was so good, and yet was pounded as he was,
then what is the point of being good?'
Hummm! Is that a legitimate
question or an absurd one? What type of
person would leap to such a conclusion?
will have their say. Everyone will have
their shot as to why these things have happened to Job. Job will be judged, criticized, blamed,
accused, and challenged to take responsibility for his flaws. After all, an upright person should never see
such hardships in life. Only bad people
receive these kinds of hardships. Right?
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