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18 Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth [yatsa'] out of the womb [rechem]?
Oh that I had given up the ghost [gava`], and
no eye [`ayin] had seen [ra'ah] me!
19 I should have been as though I had not been; I should
have been carried [yabal] from the womb [beten] to the grave [qeber]. KJV-Interlinear
18 ' Why then hast Thou brought
me out of the womb? Would that I had died and no eye had seen me! 19 'I should have been as though I had not
been, Carried from womb to tomb.' NASB
Job revisits his original complaint of either dying at
birth, or not having come into existence in the first place.
Human life begins outside of the womb. Here 'brought forth,' 'yatsa,' means 'out
from.' Having given up the ghost is a
phrase meaning having died. One cannot
die unless one has first become alive.
Job again wishes, because he is under great strain
from his suffering, that he had died at birth.
That he would not have lived a life such as he has lived, with emphasis
on his current suffering. If he had
never lived past birth, then no one would be looking at him in suffering.
People can be cruel.
When someone has a difficult time in life, for whatever reason, word
gets around. People look at you. Gossip flares round about. The whispering never seems to end, the
cruelty, the judging, the attitudes never end.
You might as well be covered with some form of leprosy.
If perhaps one could turn back the clock and die at
birth, then none of the embarrassment of suffering would ever occur.
Or perhaps, if prior to birth, as an embryo, or as a
fetus, or somewhere in between, something would cause a miscarriage, or an
abortion. Then, existence would not
matter, because life would never come to be.
The biological blob would simply be discharged, and the mess would be
discarded as with other garbage or waste.
From womb to grave, 'qeber,' is
a reference to the place where garbage, or rather disgusting garbage is buried. This is the place where slaughtered remains
are discarded. This is the place where
the female monthly menstrual cycle waste is discarded.
From womb to grave, bypasses life. There is no formal birth in the usual sense,
and therefore no life. If no life then
no existence, and if no existence then no suffering, no death, and no physical,
or emotional, or social problems to deal with.
In either case, Job just wants out of his misery.
But we passed by Jobs question. 'Why was he born anyway?' 'Why were any of us born for that matter?'
Look at the odds which are stacked up against us
even before we make it into this world.
That was the subject of what we have been studying.
We are born imperfect humans. We are subject to sins. We have ingrained within our total fabric the
curse of sin and death. We cannot
possibly find our way out of sin and death.
We have limitations galore. The
world is like a lion holding us hostage as he conveniently feeds on us,
enjoying our terror and pain. Life comes
at us like an army attacking in endless waves.
The wicked of the world seem always to have an
edge. In fact the wicked have control
over the world at the expense of those who try to be good.
We can't wash ourselves clean. We can't scrub ourselves clean. We can do
nothing in this life, to make ourselves pleasing to God.
Job, who knows the answer to his question, asks the
question that all people, when they meet suffering smack in the face, sooner or
later ask. 'Why?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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