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1 Then answered [`anah] Zophar [Tsowphar] the Naamathite [Na`amathiy],
and said ['amar],
2 Therefore do my thoughts [ca`iph] cause me to answer [shuwb],
and for this I make haste [chuwsh]. KJV-Interlinear
1 Then Zophar the Naamathite
answered, 2 'Therefore my disquieting thoughts make me respond, Even because of
my inward agitation. NASB
Have you ever been talking with someone and they just
don't seem to hear a word you have said?
Zophar is such a person. He
He would be a good subject for a knock,
'Have you heard anything I have said, 'So' 'Far?''
And such is the case of people who go through the
motions of Christianity, but they don't seem to learn. Nor do they take Jobs warning seriously. But beware, for those who consider that their
attitude in life is better for them, but in fact will be more detrimental.
You could pursue life from your own entrenched beliefs,
thinking that you are advancing toward or achieving your goals, and then God
sweeps you away and someone else will step in to enjoy the fruits of your
labor. You get zip.
If you think that you know better and there is not
much more for you to learn in life, then you are indeed at risk of losing
everything. Or, if you are indifferent
toward Gods mandates, believing that your own ideas are better suited for
yourself, that whatever it is that you do is more than adequate, and that many
of the things that God mandates don't apply to you, then you are at risk of
There is nothing worse than to expend all of your life
long effort and never have the opportunity of enjoying it, losing it all to
Recall that Zophar is the third of the three friends
thus far introduced in this book. Zophar
means 'chirping' or 'to leap.' His home,
too, is uncertain as to its location, however Naamah was a place to the west of
Arabia, near the place of the future Judah.
He is the most impulsive and inflexible of the three. He speaks 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 Job's repentance.
Zophar is set in his ways, but he is not an
independent thinker. He merely imitates
the opinions that have already been voiced.
Zophar is not under any kind of suffering, Job
is. So why would Zophar get
agitated? What does he expect to gain by
his insistence that Job is guilty, and that Job should confess?
Job has already mentioned that no one should make
accusations, because it is the individual, or ones own self, in whom all fault
lies, not in others. To look to others
for fault will never help or advance your own cause.
But anyone who lacks truth in them self, lacks
orientation to life, lacks capacity for life, and therefore lacks an ability to
cope with life. No capacity means no
contentment. No contentment combined
with no inner resources for life, forces one to become opinionated, or in
contrast, withdrawn from life.
Zophar is forced to state his opinions, not based on
truth, but based on his lack of inner resources. He is striving for attention and to be
considered as an authority in life, but he lacks the wisdom to accomplish that
So he is supported only by opinion, and the recitation
of sayings, for his beliefs. Job has
already called his three friends' accusations, a pretext for a case against
him, not sound truth. And their pretext
has nothing to do with Job, but with themselves. Their fault lies not with Job, but with
In their effort to correct Jobs life, they risk their
own destiny and blessing, because their accusations are unfounded, unfair, and
out of line. And they don't listen.
If you have not read the Parables of Christ study, or
even if you have, you should revisit that study. It should help clarify many of
the things we have been studying these past weeks.
Learn humility and set aside a stubborn attitude, lest
you lose everything in life, such that another might step in and enjoy your
blessings, not you.
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.