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2 Should not the multitude [rob] of words [dabar] be answered [`anah]? and should a man ['iysh]
full of talk [saphah] be justified [tsadaq]?
3 Should thy lies [bad] make [charash] men [math] hold their peace [charash]?
and when thou mockest [la`ag], shall no man
make thee ashamed [kalam]? KJV-Interlinear
2 'Shall a multitude of words go
unanswered, And a talkative man be acquitted? 3 'Shall your boasts silence men? And shall
you scoff and none rebuke? NASB
Zophar approaches Job as one who has been personally
offended. When a person has no real
argument, then they will tend to make things up, superimposing made up facts
onto their target, even deflecting their victims arguments back onto them.
And so the one who originally came to comfort, has
become the one who would convict.
Zophar did not accuse Job of telling lies, but the use
of the word, 'bad,' carries the connotation of speaking with empty talk. As in someone talking, talk, talk, talk,
talk, and really saying nothing.
But before we move forward, here is a review from
chapter two, of Jobs affliction.
Inflamed, ulcerous sores (Job 2:7),
itching (v. 8), degenerative changes in facial skin (vv. 7,12), loss of
appetite (3:24), depression (3:24-25), loss of strength (6:11), worms in the
boils (7:5), running sores (7:5), difficulty in breathing (9:18), darkness
under the eyes (16:16), foul breath (19:17), loss of weight (19:20; 33:21),
continual pain (30:17), restlessness (30:27), blackened skin (30:30), peeling
skin (30:30), and fever (30:30).
Job was not a pretty sight. He was in a really bad way, such that when
his friends first arrived, they began a seven day death wait vigil, fully
expecting Job to fall over at any moment.
But Job, despite his situation, is able
to articulate better than most healthy people.
Yet Zophar accuses Job of speaking empty words and
mocking reasonable thinking people.
After all, Job is obviously guilty.
Just look at his symptoms. Who in
history, as this is implied, has ever suffered such an illness?
When someone is sick, they sometimes can't help their
condition, so they can become frustrated and irritable. Pressing them into an argument helps nothing. Most folks will just let them rave on and
sort of ignore their complaints while looking for positive things to change the
'Oh, my back hurts, my head hurts, this hurts and that
hurts. There is nothing on
television.' And so forth.
'How about a different pillow. Want the window opened up a little more. How about something cold to drink.'
But Zophar jumps right into the thick of it. 'Oh shut up and quit complaining. You're guilty and we all know it. So can it.
Are we supposed to just sit here and listen to your belly aching?'
A comforting approach!
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.