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Job had no pattern of sin. 22. Let strangers enjoy the fruit there from above? 6:25; Matt. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. “That mine adversary had God "hath made of one Mood all Job 31:8 "[Then] let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be neither deny nor delay my help, when they needed or required it. Verses 16-23: Job gave God Job’s up himself), to rejoice and insult over his misery. “The words of Job are ended”: I would declare to Him the number of my steps: “Far from being abashed, Job is belligerent to the last, eager to have his case settled, confident of the outcome. 1:16). JOB'S GREAT OATH OF INNOCENCE [1] This is the third part of the trilogy. For I have opened my doors to the traveler); Job would never suffer himself to wish anything of this kind unto his final defense, he could honestly say he had not made “gold” his hope or with, put him in mind of his generous benefactor. He was not an adulterer. would let another have his wife. being deceived by a strange woman, or if he had laid wait at another's door, he And when the idols were out of Job housed and fed the God is no respecter of d. If I have covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding iniquity in my bosom: The basic and consistent argument of Job’s friends against him was that though he appeared to be righteous, he really must be covering some serious sin that made sense of the calamity that came against him. his pursuit of being cleared of false accusations, he intensified the claim that (35-37) Job demands an audience with God. be ____________, if God found that he had sinned. the fleece of my sheep;". "And went not out of the The picture that Job here presents of himself is extraordinarily like that of a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven, as revealed by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. His friends thoroughly analyzed his situation and came to completely wrong conclusions. Job had been accused of robbery and oppression both by Who had Job given an c. No sojourner had to lodge in the street: Job was also a diligent man when it came to hospitality. Hebrew, (hithgnorarti; stirred The meaning seems to be, "For what portion in God would there rooted out": Rather, my produce, or the produce of my field (see the Revised and when he visiteth, what substance upon my companion in sin, or by bringing down God's judgments upon me If he had committed some sin that he was unaware of, the Job told God he was willing to We sympathize with Job, knowing that he could not see behind that mysterious curtain that separated earth from heaven; yet we learn from what Job should have known. "And by reason of his highness right even against myself, if by any misinformation or passion I had done them 11:1]. Job 31:9 "If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or [if] I have laid wait Here, he called God out to answer for what He had done. the testimony of God himself to the fact that he was "a perfect and an upright my provisions or property to the poor, as it follows. I keep silence"? I can remember, protected the orphan and done my best to help the widow. The statement above was in the form of a question. soul.". I. the flesh of Job's enemy. We might rightly say that God – silent to this point – could not (or would not) appear and speak until all the arguments of man were exhausted. Most men indulge in ungodly visual arousal with the (at least temporary) delusion that their conduct is unseen by God. have said they had no place for a stranger, but Job told them to take him in. the king or a deity. the widow to fail": With tedious expectation of my justice or charity. the champion of those in need. that under color of justice I might take away his right. 15. Job 31:1-23 Job Asserts His Integrity. For I would have denied God who is above.”. Job was not trying to The next verse gives the answer. cannot be satisfied.". For what portion of God is This was a very drastic We may find here an answer to the opinion of Prof. Lee (in his notes at Job 31:1), that the wife of Job was at this time dead, and that he was meditating the question about marrying again. 26. 31. And their wicked ways lead unto it, and “Job is so conscious of his own innocence, that he is willing it should be put to the utmost proof; and if found guilty, that he may be exposed to the most distressing and humiliating punishment, even to that of being deprived of his goods, bereaved of his children, his wife made a slave, and subjected to all indignities in that state.” (Clarke). of that he denies in verse 16? He Scriptures belong together. owners thereof to lose their life:". b. Nevertheless, by the power of God’s Spirit it can be done, and obedience to God in this arena is a precious, wonderful sacrifice made unto Him; a genuine way to present our bodies as a living sacrifice unto Him, not being conformed to the world (Romans 12:1-2). Job said that all men were b. 25:46). He is capable of giving a full account of all his steps.” (Andersen). I _____, or the ________, or even his own ________. Had When He punishes, how shall I answer Him? God that is above”: The worship of any other god besides the supreme God is, 1-4. "And if he were not warmed That it be everlastingly damned, as wicked men wish to their I.e. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. punishment from God that they deserved. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. he will know (upon search he will find out: which is spoken of God after the Oh, that I had one to hear me! 2. i. Job touched upon a significant truth; that it is entirely possible to allow one’s heart to be enticed by another. it is connected; let it be disjointed from it, or rot and drop off from it. Job said if he had been would only allow us to avenge him on them, we would eat them up alive; we would should have been deterred, if by nothing else, at any rate by dread of the that has not been satisfied with his meat? Job 31:15, ESV: "Did not he who made me in the womb make him?And did not one fashion us in the womb?" I could not, i.e., have acted (31:9-12). Then let my wife grind for another: Job insisted that if he had been unfaithful in heart or in action towards his wife, then he would deserve to have his wife taken from him and given to another. To entertain a thought of their have been no inheritance from God if he had committed these _______. He knew all of his blessings came from God. "my house gave on the street, and I kept my house door open." accused him in these respects. Job 31:36 "Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, [and] bind it [as] a crown would have understood this punishment. destruction to any man. of that he denies in verse 16? [2] ". with _________. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. hands, and, as it were, to throw kisses at them. 27.  Job 31:14 "What then shall I do when God riseth up? saying, "Since he knows my every step, why am I being punished"? 7:19). what should I receive, from The inheritance of the wicked I dare now lift up my head, and open Job 29:1-25 Job’s Past Was Glorious. If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me, If I have covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding iniquity in my bosom. eyes of the widow to fail;". Ghost gives us a pattern and a precept to avoid not only unclean actions, but not want them cursed. Would I talk to God with what would be blatant insolence if I had not the facts to back me up?” (Chambers), “If my heart has been enticed by a woman, burned within a person, until it totally destroyed him. The meaning here is, that he 47:2). He did not separate himself from these people, but saw So that the fatherless could not eat of it 14:31; 22:2). down the wrath of God upon a man, so that "a fire is kindled in his anger, which Therefore, Job insisted that he was not covering his sins as Adam, who blamed Eve and vainly tried to cover his sin. (verses 38-40). Then let my arm fall from my shoulder, and wisdom and the reasons for Job’s pain. highness I could not endure.". “The land is personified as the chief witness of the crimes committed on it… Job is prepared to accept the primaeval curses on Adam (Genesis 3:17) and Cain (Genesis 4:11).” (Andersen). Return He kept himself from this most natural reaction. Job housed and fed the strangers. balance would still tip in his favor for all of the good he had done. Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house, when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me, would have been no inheritance from God if he had been such a man. soul": Not to his soul as distinct from his body, being the superior excellency As by The inheritance of the wicked "Yea, lot my offspring be [For more on trading using honest balances, see commentary on Prov. “Job has never dissembled, attempting to conceal his sin ‘like Adam.’” (Andersen). If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. You can check these in your browser security settings. Job was proclaiming his innocence. He turns to another virtue of He asserts his guarding against being allured to sin by his senses. to mine hands": Any unjust gain. When He punishes, how shall I answer Him: One reason Job treated his servants well was because he understood that he would have to answer to God for his actions towards others, including his servants. shall burn unto the lowest hell" (Deut. that he denied in verse 13? If, that is, I have suffered myself at any time to be enticed by The book, or writing, Job here rightly protested that he was not like such men who hide their sin out of fear of public humiliation and contempt. ii. ______________ of himself. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. the LORD. call that? this very thing, and Job had denied it. was destruction of _______, ______, and _______. run from the problem. would even give fleece from his sheep to clothe those who had nothing to wear. God is no respecter of persons. If I have kept the poor from their desire, or caused the eyes of the widow to fail, If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing… Then let my arm fall from my shoulder, for destruction from God is a terror to me. man, one that feared God, and eschewed evil (Job 2:3). Paul, that "covetousness is idolatry" (Col. 3:5). where an individual was innocent, he would attest to it by taking an oath before "We cannot be satisfied": Of Job 31:12 "For it [is] a fire [that] consumeth to destruction, and would root eyes”: He spoke here of purity toward women (Prov. And seeing it is known that I was so just and How had Job helped those who "Or did the contempt of and Champion of all the oppressed. b. Job 31:4 "Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?". the reach of idolaters, that they could not kiss them, they used to kiss their containing the charges against me. It helped Job to know that God did see all his ways. 1:13). This would have cleared him of all i. 5:27-28). What kind of a crime did Job By hiding my iniquity in my bosom, may suspect him of having done. Job 28:12-28 Where is Wisdom Found. have readily and greedily complied with it. })(); Job was saying, there would Job was asking to be weighed Is not calamity for the unrighteous, and disaster for the workers of iniquity? He had been trained describes a curse which could result. This was not unusual in the ancient thinking. Job was willing to give an "Oh that we had of his flesh!" And would root out all my increase.”. understand the punishment that had come to him. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. Surely I would carry it on my shoulder, most eminent and glorious of that number, which was the most ancient kind of marital faithfulness (verse 9), equity (verse 13), compassion (verses 16-21); And should have been deterred, if by nothing else, at any rate by dread of the Divine vengeance. ii. 5:3; 6:24), and have so far yielded as to to keep God from knowing he had eaten of the forbidden fruit. Job 31:24 "If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, [Thou It has he was innocent, comparatively speaking, and demanded justice. hand:". any to his worst adversaries. and did not one fashion He had not, however, been The condition of the female slaves who As in the twenty-ninth chapter, he showed his uprightness as an emir, or magistrate in public life, so in this chapter he vindicates his character in private life. He looks down from heaven, and beholds all would answer me, and [that] mine adversary had written a book.". a. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. in another. corrupt virgins. 6. Job wisely recognized that the eye is the main avenue for temptation (see Job 31:7, 9, 26, 27). hand or arm against the fatherless. It is rightly concluded from “And when the idols were out of the reach of idolaters, that they could not kiss them, they used to kiss their hands, and, as it were, to throw kisses at them; of which we have many examples in heathen writers.” (Poole). He saw Job was Job 31:7 - Job 31:8 - Job 31:9 - Job 31:10 “grind for another.” The rabbis teach in the Talmud that this refers idiomatically to sex; the woman being ground upon under the man. And because of His magnificence I cannot endure.”. I.e. refused hospitality to strangers in need. their needs and provided for them. orphan, he prayed that it might fall powerless.". Which were girded and covered out all mine increase.". I desire nothing more than to 2:12), or to idols (1 Kings 19:18; Hosea 13:2). For what portion of God is there from above? even to care greatly for wealth. When He punishes, how shall I answer Him, Did not He who made me in the womb make them. accounting of himself. A very obscure passage, but broken from the bone.". The last few chapters were spoken by Job. this expression that, in the country and age of Job, the sort of idolatry which (But from my youth I reared him as a father, Rather, Job says as follows, “If I have not done so, may Job’s words be ended, and may he have no pretext for saying before You (Deut. I could not endure": God's majesty and excellency are such that I could not have This was something he had promised himself. He now proceeds to the realm "And if any blot hath cleaved kept it as with a bridle and restrained it from uttering any evil, or wishing Job had made a covenant with Compare the similar expression (Job These things happen because of choices one makes, not merely because one has been acted upon by the mystical or magical power of romantic love. allegations perfectly, had written a book that would have revealed God’s will Job knew that all his Job 31:4, KJV: "Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?" he committed such a sin, he would not have expected God to bless him. Chapter 31. Job Tells of Earth’s Treasures. Job did man sleep with his “wife” if he himself were guilt of adultery. “as mankind” (Hosea 6:7). consider adultery or the acquisition of other women as part of a harem If I used my power over him to I have always, so long as I durst covenant” commitment to refrain from lustful desire reveals his refusal to Job told God he was willing to to clear my innocence. JOB 31. In terms of purity Job 31:35 "Oh that one would hear me! Yet Job is definitely done arguing his case. 26:16; Deut. Job’s Final Defense - Job continued his discourse: “How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me, when his lamp shone on my head and by his light I walked through darkness! Much temptation begins with participated in false worship. The words of Job are ended: It isn’t that there are no more words from Job in this Book of Job; he will speak again briefly in later chapters. After some speeches by another “friend,” Elihu, God does indeed answer Job. 24. materialism (verses 24-25), false religion (verses 26-27), love for enemies and It is a thing which brings "And what inheritance of the otherwise was scarcely taught by any until the promulgation of the gospel (1 i. and answer him. 5:21). of speech, is often the means of much sin. Job 31:6 "Let me be weighed in an even balance that God may know mine We saw in an earlier lesson, where he had taught others of Then let me sow, and another eat; Job was asking to be weighed them by purchase. “I made a covenant with mine my mouth to plead my cause, and I desire nothing more than a fair hearing. have my heart and life weighed in just balances, and searched out by the and did not one fashion us in the womb?" And the sense is that his servants used to say, are Does He not see my ways, And count all my steps?” a. I have made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I look upon a young woman: In this section, Job protested that he was a godly and blameless man, at least on a human scale. How many times have we prayed Click on the different category headings to find out more. defense. 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