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4 Knowest [yada`] thou not this of
old [`ad], since man ['adam] was placed [suwm] upon
5 That the triumphing [rananah] of the wicked [rasha`] is
short [qarowb], and the joy [simchah] of the hypocrite [chaneph]
but for a moment [rega`]? KJV-Interlinear
4 'Do you know this from of old, From
the establishment of man on earth, 5
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless
Even though Zophars' logic is flawed with regard to
Job, we can still learn some history, and something about what people back in
that ancient time, understood.
'Do you know,' is a rhetorical question. Don't you know, suggests that everyone knows
this principle of life. Don't you know,
indicates that this is common knowledge.
And since Zophar is making the comment in a very
ancient time in history, then we should understand that the principles of life,
of good and evil, and so forth, were generally understood back then, and are
not something reserved for modern day knowledge.
Today we can say, 'This is the twenty-first
century.' And this implies that we know
more today than folks knew before our time.
And that might apply to technology and gadgets and such, but as far as
truth and wisdom is concerned, our latter date in history makes no difference.
All we have accomplished in human history, is really
to come up with more categories of philosophies than existed in those ancient
times. But philosophies don't mean
squat if they are not backed up with truth.
And, of course, most are not.
11 Woe to the wicked!
It will go badly with him, For what he deserves will be done to him. NASB
4 And when the natives saw the creature hanging from
his hand, they began saying to one another, 'Undoubtedly this man is a
murderer, and though he has been saved from the sea, justice has not allowed
him to live.' NASB
People in Jobs day, knew that evil was a short lived
pattern of life, just as they knew it in Isaiah's day, just as they knew it
2000 years ago during the time of Christ's first advent, just as we should know
Principles of truth do not change with history, with
philosophy, or with anything in our temporal realm.
Adam sinned and punishment came immediately. Cain sinned and punishment came
immediately. Anyone who sins receives
immediate consequences. And that
immediate consequence is being placed out of fellowship. Something you cannot see or feel or detect.
And then over time, the consequences of sin, or the
pattern of sin, become apparent at the moment of ones death.
These consequences apply to all sinners, whether
openly profane and wicked as are criminals and such, or whether secretly wicked
as are self-righteous 'good' people.
The happiness of the wicked is temporary and never
permanent. The happiness of the wicked
is a counterfeit happiness. And though
they may prosper, feel secure in their possessions or beliefs, be merry within
social events, and so forth, their life is really a lie.
Death cashes in and closes all accounts.
Of course, Zophar is saying that this is the state of
Job. He was once prosperous, but now is
poor. Therefore, the conclusion is that
Job was wicked. We already know that
this conclusion is wrong.
But, we also know that this principle as stated by
Zophar is a correct statement, in principle.
The wicked do prosper in this world, but their prosperity, their
happiness, and all they have, is short lived.
Whether for a few short years, for decades, or even
for all of ones life, the wicked can exist in this world within the illusion of
their self-made utopia. Sadaam and
Hitler can be two examples of people who enjoyed great prosperity, notoriety,
and such, but where are they now?
They are extreme examples, but the principle applies
to the average non-public person too.
That is you and me. We can all
exclude God and our spiritual life, from our life, and then we may follow this
And of course within the jungle setting, which is the
environment of all life outside of the spiritual life, there are all kinds and
categories of folks. Some are predators,
but most are the prey. And happiness is
even shorter lived for the prey.
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.