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15 My brethren ['ach] have dealt
deceitfully [bagad] as a brook [nachal], and as the stream ['aphiyq]
of brooks [nachal] they pass away [`abar];
16 Which are blackish [qadar] by reason of the ice [qerach], and wherein the snow [sheleg] is hid [`alam]:
17 What time [`eth] they wax warm
[zarab], they vanish [tsamath]: when it is hot [chom],
they are consumed out [da`ak] of their place [maqowm].
18 The paths ['orach] of their
way [derek] are turned aside [laphath]; they go [`alah] to nothing
[tohuw], and perish ['abad].
19 The troops ['orach] of Tema [Teyma'] looked [nabat], the
companies [haliykah] of Sheba [Shaba'] waited [qavah] for them.
20 They were confounded [buwsh] because they had hoped [batach]; they came [bow'] thither,
and were ashamed [chapher]. KJV-Interlinear
15 'My brothers have acted deceitfully like a wadi, Like the
torrents of wadis which vanish, 16 Which are turbid because of ice, And into
which the snow melts. 17 'When they
become waterless, they are silent, When it is hot, they vanish from their
place. 18 'The paths of their course
wind along, They go up into nothing and perish. 19 'The caravans of Tema looked, The travelers
of Sheba hoped for them. 20 'They were
disappointed for they had trusted, They came there and were confounded. NASB
wadi is primarily a steep sided dry course over which water flows rapidly at
intermittent times of the year. In the
winter and early spring, when the rains come and snows melt, the melt run off
sends torrential water flows through these rock surfaced paths.
a traveler passes by one of these streams, and sees the abundance of water, he would
be surprised come late summer, finding that the stream is nothing more than
dust and rock. The dry wadi then looks as though it has not seen water in
the winter and spring, there is an abundance of water, representing the
prosperous times of ones life. The water
is there, but you don't really need it. The
summer and fall when there is a lack of water, represent the adversity, which
can come into any of our lives at any moment.
This is when we need the water but it is no where to be found.
wadi can explode with flowing water and just as quickly run dry. To an onlooker, the wadi is deceitful in that
it has water on the one hand, and then none.
The wadi proves unreliable when it comes to a consistent and sustaining
source of water.
compares his friends to the unreliability and deceitfulness of the wadi.
far Eliphaz is the only one of the three who has spoken. But by their later speeches, we will discover
that the other two friends, Bildad and Zophar, are nodding their heads in
agreement at everything Eliphaz has said.
by Job's comments now, we know that the three are all in agreement with
everything that Eliphaz has said.
the wadis, these friends have come only when the time was opportune for
them. They were friends with great
verbal abundance when Job was in his prosperous days, a wadi running full of
water. And now that his prosperity has
vanished, their good nature has been replaced with condescending criticism, a
dry river bed.
they looked to Job as an authority and leader, and now, they consider
themselves as the authorities on life, and Job the deceiver.
caravans as they travel, would always travel from one water source to the
next. And when they came to a known
source, and found it dry, they were confounded, bewildered, perplexed as to
what they should do next. The expected
water, but found none.
thought his friends were coming to assist him in his suffering, but he has sine
discovered their good intentions have all but dried up. Instead of receiving the expected comfort, he
received the dust of contempt.
has been reasonably polite thus far, but the words of criticism will get more
and more harsh as this conversation continues.
friends came to Job by means of an arranged appointment, with some degree of
ceremony, in order to offer their comfort, and Job had reason to expect
extraordinary support from them. They
promised relief and refreshment as an overflowing wadi does in the winter
months when relief is not needed, but they gave none, as a hot dry summer wadi
does, when relief is needed most.
Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may
receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need. NASB
relief is needed most, humanity proves to be unreliable and inconsistent. There is but one source of comfort and
relief, and that source is God.
three friends should have offered comfort and relief, not only in words, but in
deeds as well. But they in fact
represent the world when it comes to offering solutions to our many problems we
will encounter in this world. Money,
resources, wealth, talent, looks, and whatever else you may rely on in your
life, to get you through your life, will sooner or later prove to confound your
a whole life relying on your ingenuity, hustle, intellect, social status or
whatever, and if the world does not confound your efforts, during your life,
then death certainly will.
one can survive on their own in this world.
Everyone needs the support of God, Christ, and doctrine whether they
believe that or not.
look to earthly resources for crutches and relief is in effect building your
life on quick sand. You will always be
disappointed and never be independent from the world.
look to spiritually based resources for support and relief, and provision, is
like building your life on bedrock, the solid structure of God, which is
eternal. In your spiritual life, one of
your milestones of spiritual growth, will be your achievement of independence
and autonomy from the limitations and dependence, imposed on your life by the
could have looked to the support of his friends, but their true friendship was
nothing more than deceit. The world is
no different. That is the best that
anyone can expect from this world.
something from the world and only disappointment will follow. Expect something from God, from within your
functioning spiritual life, and you will never be disappointed.
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