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13 His archers [rab] compass me
round about [cabab], he cleaveth [palach] my reins [kilyah] asunder [palach], and doth not spare [chamal];
he poureth out [shaphak] my gall [marerah] upon the ground ['erets]. KJV-Interlinear
13 'His arrows surround me. Without mercy He splits my kidneys open; He pours out my gall on the ground. NASB
Arrows are weapons, instruments of war or a hunt. They
are the tools of the hunter or the warrior, and they are primarily used to kill
their intended victim. I suppose that
they can also be used for target practice, but back in Jobs day, and though
practice was certainly needed, the ultimate purpose of the arrow was for
Arrows are used here in the plural. And their use is to identify that, we the
victim, or Job is using this term, are completely outnumbered by our enemies,
or potential enemies.
The world is far greater than any one of us, and not
one of us, certainly not any human being alone, can stand against the world and
defeat it, if assaulted by the full power of the world. Nations and even empires have tried to rule
the world, and they have failed. A
single person has no comparable chance.
This effectively keeps the boasting factor to a
The kidneys and the liver are effective filters in the
body. It is interesting that even in
Jobs day, some forty-five hundred years ago, that these terms were known. Some commentaries refer the gall to the gall
bladder, but it is really a reference to the liver. The kidneys are also referred to as the reins
symbolizing the emotional strains and stresses we experience in life.
When an adversary attacks and strikes his victim with
a blow to the kidneys or to the liver, that is effectively a kill. Not one of us can live without the function
of these vital organs.
The bile, is the poisonous fluid that is secreted out
of these organs. The body produces
waste, and these organs act as filters through which our physical bodies are
cleansed. Our physical waste is comparable
to the bitterness of the world produced within us. Bible doctrine is the cleansing filter.
If our filters, kidneys or liver, are damaged, then
the poisons are secreted into the body in effect poisoning it. When our wounds are so severe that the bile is
poured out onto the ground, then the wound is fatal. Death occurs quickly. That renders the injured person totally
And so what is Job telling us here?
We are small when it comes to any opposition to the
world, and certainly to God. We are
dust. Specks of dust, actually. And a single speck of dust is helpless before
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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