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26 Do ye imagine [chashab] to reprove [yakach] words [millah], and the speeches ['emer]
of one that is desperate [ya'ash], which are as
27 Yea, ye overwhelm [naphal] the fatherless [yathowm],
and ye dig [karah] a pit for your friend [rea`]. KJV-Interlinear
26 'Do you intend to reprove my words, When the words of one
in despair belong to the wind? 27 'You
would even cast lots for the orphans, And barter over your friend. NASB
if you had come down with some unknown disease, which has racked you thoroughly
from head to toe. If you had stumbled
and broke an arm or leg. If you had come
down with some form of cancer or leprosy or the flu, or plague, or anything
which would make you totally, and thoroughly, and constantly sick. And, you had no medication, no medical
attention available, nothing with which you could look to for relief. Being racked with headaches, and nausea, and
pain to the max, then do you just suppose that you would complain even a little
you came down with all of these things simultaneously, couldn't eat, couldn't
sleep, couldn't get any kind of rest or relief, then would you just lay there
quietly, or would you moan and groan?
normal folks, if not everyone, would moan and groan, and wish just as Job had
wished. For the misery to end, and go
away, even to the point of wishing that they had never been born.
there might be one or two of you out there who are really tough, but I would
bet that God could come up with a really nice and long lasting illness that
would drive your toughness away.
given this scenario, would it be reasonable for anyone to come to you and
criticize you for the words you express while in your misery? Most folks who were criticized, would come
right back and invite the critic to trade places and then see how they would
is easy to call the plays from your easy chair.
It is easy to rewind the game and analyze the play choices from
hindsight. But to get out on the field and
make the decisions instantly and without the convenience of time and review, is
a much tougher job.
Job here is asking what it is that these friends are criticizing. Is it his words, or his past actions that are
being called the cause of his condemnation?
to this point in their lives, these men have known each other for some one
hundred years now. What actions of Job,
do they raise as the basis for his suffering?
has been under suffering for perhaps a few weeks or months now. Can a person's pattern of life change so
dramatically and so quickly?
no. Job's friends have no evidence of
his wrong doing. We have confirmation of
Job's lifestyle from God, Himself, in chapter one. This leaves only his words from a
conversation that had begun only moments ago.
have been studying Job for several weeks now, and will continue to study Job
for several more months, but this conversation between Job and his friends will
complete itself in the course of less than a single day.
friends have known him for a very long time, but in his hour of need, when he
is under tremendous pressure from his miseries, miseries which by the way, he
did not cause on himself, they take exception to his words of despair.
don't have to actually jump off of a ten story building in order to know the
results of the fall. Jobs friends do not
have to experience his suffering in order to express some compassion and
things happen to us because we bring them onto ourselves. Sometimes things happen to us which are not
our fault. In either case, in the midst
of ones suffering, compassion and understanding, even offering some form of
help, is in order. Judgment and
criticism are inappropriate.
a person is under terrible stress, he thinks and says things that are nothing
more than empty wind. That is what
despair can be, non-thinking, non-reasoning expressions of wind. And that is all they really are. Job was hurting, and still is. His words do not paint a complete picture of
his entire life. They are only
expressions caused by extreme pain and discomfort.
you have ever been married, to a woman that is, then you have experienced this
phenomenon perhaps on a monthly basis.
Just duck and leave the planet for a few days. The universe will repair itself. And if you dare to criticize, then St. Peter
may be greeting you much sooner than you think!
In fact, he may be greeting you several times throughout your life!
who lack compassion, lack orientation to life and common sense. They see no offense at criticizing, therefore
they probably would even roll the dice to determine the future of widows,
orphans, even friends.
heartless is a product of self-righteousness.
who lack compassion and reason should never be in positions of authority which
determine the future of someone else's life.
though Job's friends know a great deal of Bible doctrine, somewhere along the
line, they did not assimilate the proper capacity and understanding for
knowledge does not make one wise. Wisdom
comes only from the correct spiritual growth, obtained from living within the
of spiritual growth will lead to self-righteousness, which will lead to
heartlessness, which will lead to cruelty.
From that will come all forms of sins, from gossip to treachery, to even
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