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27 Behold, I know [yada`] your thoughts [machashabah],
and the devices [mazimmah] which ye wrongfully
imagine [chamac] against me.
28 For ye say ['amar], Where is
the house [bayith] of the prince [nadiyb]? and where are the dwelling [mishkan] places ['ohel] of the
wicked [rasha`]? KJV-Interlinear
27 'Behold, I know your thoughts,
And the plans by which you would wrong me. 28 'For you say, 'Where is the house of the
nobleman, And where is the tent, the dwelling places of the wicked?' NASB
Job tells his friends outright, 'I know what you are
thinking. I know your thoughts. I know your arguments.'
By implication, his friends are probably shaking their
heads, rejecting everything Job is saying.
So it is obvious to him, either through body language or their negative
grunts, that they disagree with him.
We repeat, but repetition is a good learning tool.
Jobs friends still adhere to the idea that the wicked
are sure to fall during their life, such that their fall is visible to all who
are close at hand. And Jobs fall or
ruin, has been extremely visible not only for his neighbors, but apparently the
entire region. Therefore, Job must be a wicked man.
Job even goes so far as to make their next argument
'Where is the home of the nobleman?' Meaning Job.
Job even uses a little sarcasm against himself.
'Where are the homes of the wicked?' As Job continues in his comparison.
Jobs home was not just his house, but his business
empire. And the homes of the wicked are
the tents that they dwell in, or the feeble pattern of life which they pursue.
'Therefore, ask anyone these questions and you will
get the same answer.' Or so says Job.
Job argues that his friends, though they have not come
straight out and said it, they have implied through innuendo and insinuations,
that Job is wicked, and that these comparisons of their points of principle and
Jobs life are one and the same.
Jobs friends do not consider the facts in Jobs
life. They have all of the facts,
through knowing him for many decades, but their lack of spiritual wisdom, has
made them extremely biased in their conclusions.
When people who lack doctrine in their soul, or when
that doctrine is shallow and weak within their soul, then their loyalty to a
victim of trouble is weak as well.
If the person, or victim, is a representation of
truth, then their attacks are against him.
They reject truth and favor their lies or accusations.
If the person, or victim, is a representation of lies,
then their approach will be to defend him.
In both cases the attackers, represented by Jobs friends, reject truth.
In our current day, you will see this a lot in
politics. Wicked politicians will attack
good points of truth, and support nearly all principles that are lies.
And Job will go further in his argument, though he
does not come right out and say it, but he knows their thoughts and the basis
of their prejudices. He knows that their
beliefs are firmly entrenched within their souls.
So the real question here is, 'How can such beliefs be
convinced otherwise? How can one change
the minds of those who are so established in their ideas?'
Come face to face with a terrorist and try to change
his mind about the afterlife. Didn't the
priests and scribes tear their clothes when Jesus announced that He was indeed
People who are weak in their spiritual life, run the
very real risk of becoming so entrenched in the world of lies, that they may
never see their error until the moment of their death.
In their confusion, they will attack all things that
are good and right, and they will support all things that are bad. Place these folks in positions of leadership,
and disaster is not far behind.
And the bad thing about all of this is, that these
folks will try to use principles of truth, in their arguments to support their
They become shallow, superficial, subjective,
judgmental, critical, and they will blame all that is wrong in life, on their
Determining the truth of a matter, or trying to
discover a solution does not interest them.
It is far better for them, to convict someone than to solve a problem or
accept the truth.
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.