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8 Even as I have seen [ra'ah], they that plow [charash]
iniquity ['aven], and sow [zara`] wickedness [`amal], reap [qatsar] the same.
9 By the blast [nashamah] of God ['elowahh] they perish ['abad], and by
the breath [ruwach] of his nostrils ['aph] are they consumed [kalah]. KJV-Interlinear
8 'According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity And
those who sow trouble harvest it. 9 'By
the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of His anger they come to an
continues with his opinion. He takes
what he considers as common knowledge and now makes it into a universal law or
you sow you reap. That is in fact a
disciplines and judges. That too, is a
fact of truth, which applies to everyone sooner or later.
do they apply to Job, in this situation, and if so, then for what reason?
further suggests, that a simple puff, a slight or gentle breathing of Gods
breath, 'nashamah,' is enough to destroy His target. And the 'breath of His nostrils,' which would
be considered a much more powerful blast of air, is enough to consume its
in Genesis 2:7, the first term is used to describe the exhale of God, of life, into
the inhale of man, the breath of life. A
gentle puff is not a term typically used for discipline. The rod and staff are more appropriate terms
for discipline, guidance, or judgment.
describes life, according to 'what he has seen.' He implies that his personal knowledge is
expanded into great and common truths, which should be known by all of
humanity. Certainly Job should know
has stated that he knows of no exceptions.
And yet David, when he wrote Psalm 73, describes great frustration with
all of the prosperity that wicked people seem to have, and yet they don't seem
to ever get punished.
For I was envious of the arrogant, As I saw the prosperity of the wicked. NASB
when Noah stepped off the Ark, the first incident of trouble after the flood,
was the incident with Ham seeing his father's nakedness, or his homosexual act,
which was cursed. Ham lived on to have
Job was a contemporary of Abraham, or even if he lived prior to Abraham's time,
then the world's population would have by that time, spread east to Persia and
beyond, and west into Egypt. The sphinx either had been sculpted, or was in the
process of being created.
did not seem to be the world traveler, and therefore could not have seen every
possibility of human activity in the world.
has already drawn his conclusion regarding Job.
Now he is laying out his reasons.
And though he uses a great deal of truth, which the scriptures teach us,
his use of them is inappropriate in the way he is applying them.
of the very first things we all learn as young believers, it to never judge
others. And by this we are talking about
social judgment, not legal due process proceedings. Only God can judge. We have no right, nor do we have all of the
facts, in individual situations.
may very well apply a famine to an area in order to get people to move to
another area. The book of Ruth is a
great example of this. Those people in
the example of our famine are not necessarily bad.
the years surrounding 1000 A.D., the Scandinavians were in the process of
migrating across the northern islands into North America. But a severe cold period set in and prevented
that migration. Most think that, that
severe cold was caused by the explosion of the volcano Krakatau. In hindsight we can see that it was Gods
intention that the fontish, and Europe in general, were to be the principal
migrants into the Americas.
in Job's day, what events had occurred?
The Tower of Babel, perhaps. What
changed? Language changed. And people began their migration out of Mesopotamia. Were they all bad? No.
has stated that the good are blessed and the bad are punished. He has stated that God judges, and is able to
judge with just a puff of his breath.
All of this is very true, in principle.
But his application to Job is inappropriate.
this is a common technique of those who wish to prove their point. It is a common politician's or debaters technique. They make many general statements of truth,
then they state their point, which may or may not have anything to do with
basketball players are tall. Joe is
tall. Joe therefore, is a great
this principle hold up? No. Not all great basketball players are tall,
and Joe may or may not even play the game.
truths, or half truths, or arbitrary comments which seem reasonable, do not
make a universal truth of life.
Likewise, conclusions cannot be drawn until all of the facts are in.
implies that Job is receiving the puff of discipline from God, for his sins. And, implied, he risks the blast of Gods
overwhelming judgment, unless he changes his ways.
think you have it bad now? Just wait
until God really gets mad at you.' And
so, Eliphaz is positioning himself as narrator of the events which are being
played out between God and Job. Who gave
Eliphaz the playbook?
is selectively deciding what facts apply and what facts do not. He is being subjective in his overall
evaluation of Job's situation.
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