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7 Let mine enemy ['oyeb] be as the wicked [rasha`],
and he that riseth up [quwm] against me as the
unrighteous [`avval]. KJV-Interlinear
7 'May my enemy be as the wicked,
And my opponent as the unjust. NASB
Some might think that Job is hateful toward his
so-called friends, that he wishes punishment on them. Some might think that Job is hateful toward
wicked people anywhere, and wishes disaster and calamity on them.
But this is not the case.
How do we know this?
Because God told us of Jobs character in chapter one, and God will
repeat His backing of Job at the end of this book, while at the same time
condemning his friends. In fact if the
three friends do not offer the commanded sacrifices, and have Job pray for
them, then their life will be little better than burnt toast, so to speak.
But these are not what are in view here. Job neither holds contempt nor ill wishes
against anyone, but there is a reality to life which will discover the
spiritual and carnal nature of everyone.
And for their chosen pattern of life, there are repercussions.
Wickedness is an attribute of a faulty spiritual
life. Unrighteousness is an attribute of
a faulty carnal life.
Wickedness is the activity of evil. Evil is the policy which is antithetical to
truth. Sin is the strength of wickedness
and self-righteousness is the weakness of wickedness. You might want to review the Carnal Human
Nature chart, which is on the web site.
Unrighteousness is the activity of a dysfunctional
carnal life. Unrighteousness is the lack
of virtue, it is immorality, the function of injustice, indecency, dishonesty,
degeneracy. In short it is the sum total
of almost all of the bad norms and standards of society.
In contrast to wickedness and unrighteousness, then
divine good and righteousness are the strong attributes of a stable life, which
is produced by spiritual growth. One
cannot have a stable life unless the spiritual life is pursued.
Either, of these patterns of life, is chosen, either
actively or passively, by the individual.
Each of these patterns of life comes complete with
Stick your hand in the fire and what happens?
That's right. Rightness or
wrongness is irrelevant in this case, but the obvious result is clear to
all. At first, it might be a learning
experience, but repeated actions of this type indicate a definite unwillingness
And this is where Job enters the picture in these
The person who rejects truth, is by default the enemy,
the opponent of truth. Truth did not
make them that way, they chose to become the enemy by their repeated and
We have already seen the phenomenal greatness and
power of God. To have someone like that
on your side would be the obvious choice.
To reject the one and only God of the universe and everything else,
should seem foolish.
To desire the good and best things of life seems
natural. To choose repeatedly, the bad
things of life should seem foolish.
The condition of the wicked and therefore unrighteous
person, is a miserable one at best. This
ultimate result of rejecting God, Christ, doctrine and ones spiritual life, is
common knowledge, and yet the majority of the world seems to choose it. And most seem to choose it by means of
substitution, substitution by some other invented human good or human
And what is their expectation? Well that is coming in tomorrows study.
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.