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5 He that is ready [kuwn] to slip [ma`ad] with his
feet [regel] is as a lamp [lappiyd] despised [buwz] in the
thought [`ashtuwth] of him that is at ease [sha'anan].
6 The tabernacles ['ohel] of robbers [shadad] prosper
[shalah], and they that provoke [ragaz] God ['el] are secure [battuchowth]; into whose hand [yad] God ['elowahh] bringeth [bow'] abundantly. KJV-Interlinear
5 'He who is at ease holds
calamity in contempt, As prepared for those whose feet slip. 6 'The tents of the destroyers prosper, And
those who provoke God are secure, Whom God brings into their power. NASB
People are typically superficial and shallow in their
thinking. They look at the outward
appearance and talent of others and that is how they determine the worth of
When someone is talented, successful, attractive,
wealthy, and so forth, people will generally want to rub shoulders with
them. Not because they like them
necessarily, but because they want some of that success or wealth, or at the
very least, a good connection for later success.
Those who are successful, wealthy, talented,
attractive, and so forth, generally believe that they are so blessed, due to
their own efforts or wisdom. It would
never occur to the successful person that God had anything to do with their
blessings from life.
Now we are talking about people who disregard God,
Christ, and doctrine in their life. And
of those people who are reasonably successful, by worldly standards. These include not only hard working folks,
but those who inherit, as well as those who accumulate by means of crime or
As folks advance in their successful life, they are
revered. But when adversity strikes and
they slip into a declining state, then the valued friends tend to fade
away. The rich man, now poor, is of no
further use. There will be those who
will simply ignore them and turn to another whom they consider a successful
acquaintance, and then there will be those who will stand in line in order to
make their fall from success a little more painful and swift.
Who needs enemies?
Jobs friends are such friends. They looked with high regard toward Job when
he was rich, and now they despise him because he has been tainted by the
difficulties of life. They look at Job
with disrespect, disapproval, condescension.
They criticize him openly and publicly.
They do not attempt to be private and discreet in their conversation
One of the biggest barriers to spiritual success that
successful people have, is that they will not listen to anyone whom they
consider beneath them socially or even financially. Worldly outward success is considered a
measurement of wisdom. How can a poor
man or someone of lesser social status, know anything?
And certainly anyone who is experiencing difficulties
in life, must have something wrong with them.
Or that is the worlds opinion, anyway.
The world is very shallow and those who subscribe to
it are shallow as well.
Now Job adds one more comment regarding the
'destroyers' or 'robbers' as he calls them.
He is referring to everyone who is not spiritually sound. This will include criminals obviously, but
also it includes the self-righteous and the spiritually indifferent.
To these, the wicked, life can be very prosperous and seemingly
fulfilling. They can prosper, they can
be successful, they can get away with nearly everything it would seem. And God allows it. Why?
They provoke God through their arrogance. They provoke God through their self-appointed
expertise. They provoke God through
their indifference. They provoke God
through their pursuit of religions, philosophies, and non-Biblical beliefs. They provoke God through their criminal, or
lascivious, or ascetic, or alternate life style pursuits.
Why is this?
Because God does not judge in this life, according to
the daily patterns of life which people choose for themselves. Judgment is reserved for the next life.
In this life we have a world environment defined by
Satan, which we call the jungle, and we have the divine establishment
environment defined by God, which offsets and serves as a stabilizer to the
jungle. People can think as they may,
and do as they may, within those boundaries.
To some will go success, to others an average life, and still to others,
Their tents, or tabernacles, are the lives which they
have secured for themselves. It includes
their values as well as their assets.
These things are temporary, however, as are all things in this life.
For those who exclude God in their life, their life in
this world will be all the pleasure they will ever have. God allows them this
temporary life, a life of a few decades perhaps as opposed to an eternal life,
which is considerably longer.
The abundance these people receive in this life is
short lived, and insignificant when compared to the abundance, which is waiting
for those who pursue their spiritual lives.
The abundance of the mature believer is defined as receiving more than
one could possibly use given an infinite number of lives. That is a lot more than this world can even
Those who look down on calamity as something
undignified, or as something beneath them, will one day wish they had a little
calamity in their life so that they would learn to appreciate the good things
that they have, and so that they would not miss out on the greater things of
Adversity, is applied by God, to people for several
First, to teach them and to place their arrogance in
check. Second, to discipline for wayward
thinking and choices in life. Third,
adversity is a natural occurrence and result of life in the jungle. Choosing the jungle should become an obvious
bad choice for ones life. Fourth, to
demonstrate to those who observe adversity in others, that this is not a good
way to live ones life. Life has to
offer something better and Bible doctrine is the path to that 'better' life
regardless of ones circumstances.
When a person looks only at the world, they see no
further and thus lose out on a fabulous eternity, which by the way follows
death. Everyone dies sooner or
later. No one has the power to
perpetuate this life.
Anyone who chooses God, Christ, and doctrine, pursues
their spiritual life regardless of their worldly circumstances. Life now provides a classroom for applying
Gods Word to ones daily life, and it teaches among other things,
responsibility, accountability, empathy, charity, spiritual support and so
forth. Life in eternity is the real goal
and target for the mature believer. Life
in eternity is forever. This life will
be over very soon, by comparison.
Jobs friends are impressed with their newly found
opportunity to voice their opinions. Opinions
toward one whom they once viewed as superior to them, but now seems to be
beneath them. Spiritually impotent
people are constantly competing in life in order to promote or establish
something for themselves. They are
constantly charting and comparing themselves with others in life in order to
determine their advancement in life, as they see life.
They miss the boat completely and never figure it out.
Job is impressed with Gods control over this entire
affair. Job is the one here who is under
tremendous pressure and suffering, and yet despite his adversity, he does not
feel the need to compete with his friends, nor surrender himself to their
opinions, presumably, as his friends see it, to get himself out of his current
God gives and God takes away. And, God restores.
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.