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13 But the hypocrites [chaneph] in heart [leb] heap up [suwm] wrath ['aph]: they cry [shava`] not when he bindeth ['acar]
14 They [nephesh] die [muwth] in youth [no`ar], and their
life [chay] is among the unclean [qadesh]. KJV-Interlinear
13 'But the godless in heart lay
up anger; They do not cry for help when
He binds them. 14 'They die in youth, And
their life perishes among the cult prostitutes. NASB
Elihu has now outlined three classes of people. Those who slip into sin, but repent when God
imposes disciplinary measures against them. They return to Gods methods of
living and thereby benefit from the blessings which accrue to truth.
Then there are those who slip into sin and remain
there. They might call upon God for the moment, but they immediately return to
their sinful ways when pressure is removed from their life. They would not be benefited by the imposition
of corrective measures in their life, and thus they are sooner or later cut off
from life at Gods discretion.
And then there is a third class of people who slip
into sin and remain there in stubbornness.
They do not call upon God, but would rather complain, and complain with
greater degrees of rage against anyone and everyone. They will not be benefited by discipline
either. And they only heap up more and more anger and rage into their lives.
The first group is where anyone who is positive toward
God, will find themselves from time to time in their life. This is a natural
place to be, and the best place to be for sinful man. There is always a way out when one confesses
and repents their ways with a genuine attitude for attaining change in their
The second group is made up of hypocrites. They call upon God only to gain immediate
relief. They care nothing for God or
their spiritual life, but they know enough to know that they can get out of
trouble in life when they call on God from time to time, or when it is
convenient for them.
Their intentions toward God are insincere. They are dishonest and call only out of
necessity. God is a genie in a sense,
and means nothing more to them.
The last group is the worst of the groups. They care nothing for God, the one true
God. They may place their trust in false
gods, or in the workings of this world.
They expect that they are owed everything and need not repay even
courtesy for courtesy. They are the
selfish of the selfish.
Their lives heap up frustration after
frustration. And this is true even if
they have some semblance of success in life.
Things do not satisfy them. There
will never be enough. The content of
their soul lacks capacity for life and the lack of capacity means a lack of the
resources that support contentment.
The very wealthy can fall into this trap just as can the
very poor. Continued rejection of truth
leaves an accumulation of emotional and mental stresses that become too great
to handle after a certain period of time.
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.