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5 They were driven forth [garash] from among [gev] men, (they
cried [ruwa`] after them as after a thief [gannab];)
6 To dwell [shakan] in the clifts [`aruwts] of the valleys [nachal], in
caves [chowr] of the earth [`aphar], and in the rocks [keph]. KJV-Interlinear
5 'They are driven from the
community; They shout against them as
against a thief, 6 So that they dwell in
dreadful valleys, In holes of the earth and of the rocks. NASB
Job is a proven man of God, a good man, a blessed man,
a talented and gifted man. All of these
attributes come courtesy of Gods grace provision. Job did not earn or even deserve any of them.
Job is a man, 'adam,' meaning common worthless dust. Dust does not originate any form of life, but
merely provides a vessel, a clay vessel, for which life, human life, which
comes from God, may reside in temporarily.
The worthless folks of the world, who are themselves
only dust, think highly of themselves, but as Job has been describing them,
some folks think so highly of themselves that they do not feel that the
typically rules of life apply to them.
They do no want to work. They do not want to be responsible. They do not want to be held accountable for
anything. They will go to great extremes
to avoid participating in the normal day-to-day functions common to humanity. So much so, that they will live in poverty,
and under difficult circumstances just to prove themselves different and
non-conformists with everyone else.
And for what purpose?
They reject society, and therefore society rejects them. They reject the order and authority and norms
and standards of society, and society rejects their lazy, irresponsible, lying,
The two standards cannot live together. Therefore, society lives in interactive prosperity,
and those that choose worthlessness, choose the deserts of life.
It is the same in the spiritual realm. Those who choose the spiritual side of life,
live in the heaven established standards, while those who reject heavens
standards, live in the worlds (Satan inspired) standards.
The words for cliffs, valleys, and caves in which the
rejects of society choose to live out their lives, stand for respectively,
cliffs - the unpleasant, horrid, unclean things of life; valleys - the wadis or
streams that are seasonal, which drive torrents of rain and flooding in the
winter seasons, and are dry in the summer seasons; caves - stand for the
isolation, separation, distancing of ones self from the normal flow of life.
Just as these folks reject truth, so too, anyone who
rejects the spiritual life, rejects truth as they do. Spiritually negative or deficient folks are
exactly the same as the vagrants described by Job. They are thieves and vagabonds that have
chosen no purpose in life for themselves.
Or rather have chosen to squander Gods original purpose for them in
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.