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1 Then answered [`anah] Zophar [Tsowphar] the Naamathite [Na`amathiy],
and said ['amar], KJV-Interlinear
Then Zophar the Naamathite answered, NASB
Zophar is the third of the three friends
mentioned in chapter two. His name means
'to leave,' or 'chirping' or 'to leap.'
His home, is uncertain as to its location, however Naamah was a place to
the west of Arabia, near the location of the future Judah. So he may have lived to the west of Job.
Just as his home is of an unknown
location, so too his opinion will be from unknown sources. In the broad picture, you will wonder just
how he got his reasoning. The idea is,
'Where did that come from?'
He is the most impulsive and inflexible
of the three friends, and he will speak only twice. His words are intense and are somewhat
reckless exaggerations. He will be the first to accuse Job of wickedness. Like the rest of the friends, Zophar promises
peace and restoration on condition of Jobs repentance.
Given the meanings of his name, Zophar
will seem disinterested in what Job has to say.
Likewise, Zophar seems little interested in the details of truth
concerning Jobs situation.
As far as the three friends go, Zophar
will be the most liberal minded, in that he will not listen, but will rigidly
hold fast to his own opinions no matter what.
Eliphaz began with a very modest approach
toward Job, Bildad was a little more rough, but Zophar will fall on him without
When friends are in need of sympathy,
harsh words of condemnation are generally out of line.
It doesn't matter what they did or did
not do to get themselves into their fix.
Often times we make our own problems, or are the victims of the errors
of others, or of just plain bad luck, but no matter.
Remember that life is unfair, and the
world unyielding to us all. What may be another's
predicament today, may very well be our own tomorrow. So boasting, or feeling safe or glad that it
is not us, could be an attitude that is short lived.
All sorts of folks overestimate their own goodness. All sorts of folks take themselves too
seriously. In this they will argue until
they are blue in the face, never once considering that they might be wrong. And, they will vehemently defend their
beliefs regardless of the facts of a matter.
Zophar assumes that Job is guilty of this very
attitude. He has heard the complaints of Job.
He has heard the arguments of the first two friends, and instead of
considering all that has been said and trying to sort this all out, or better
yet, instead of taking an entirely different approach with Job, Zophar just
He will take up a vehement posture against Job.
He had come to visit Job originally to bring
encouragement, and instead, he will pursue a course of subjective judging of
Job, and try to save Job through verbal condemnation.
But by now we should all know that guilt or innocence
are irrelevant, when it comes to social relationships.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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