Job 22 – Can a man be profitable to God?

Job_007Chapter 22 begins what is known as the third cycle of speeches in the Book of Job, and this chapter contains Eliphaz’s last attempt at breaking Job’s resolve to claim his innocence.  By now, Zophar has apparently dropped out of the argument, and Bildad will begin another short variance in position during this cycle.  But it is Eliphaz who, here in this chapter, launches the most vicious attack yet.  Interestingly enough, all three men by their attacks on Job, have sincerely believed that they were defending God by doing so.

But Eliphaz, unable to think of any way to “put Job in his place” by any other means, resorts to wildly false accusation using nothing more than an imagination fueled by jealousy and vindictiveness.  It is truly shameful and tasteless, but clearly this locomotive is mercifully expelling its last bit of steam, and all four will sit back and wonder at their own positions throughout the previous debates.  Job’s “friends” will have the most to consider in that respect.

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/Bob’s boy
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Job 20 – Out of My Understanding

Job's Comforters, from the Butts set. Pen and ...

Job’s Comforters, from the Butts set. Pen and black ink, gray wash, and watercolour, over traces of graphite (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Zophar is taken aback at Job’s responses to his friends’ criticisms and says so:

 

“I hear censure that insults me, and out of my understanding a spirit answers me.”

 

So, being unable to answer Job’s legitimate question as to what his sin might be, Zophar, goes on the attack, making things up as he goes along.  Since Job had been a man of means in the past, he uses his position of wealth as the basis for imagining his crimes (verses 10, 15, 17 and 19).   He predicts Job’s violent death, the destruction of his house, and heaven and earth rising up against him (verse 27).

 

Poetic though he may be, Zophar is cruel and his speech is in the evil spirit.  He supposes that Job must have been greedy and oppressed the poor, and losing everything – indeed his very life – is just reward.

 

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/Bob’s boy

 

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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Bible Reading Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.

 

Job 11 – Zophar Speaks: You Deserve Worse

English: Job's Sons and Daughters Overwhelmed ...

English: Job’s Sons and Daughters Overwhelmed by Satan, by William Blake. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Zophar decides it is his turn to speak.  Unlike Bildad and Eliphaz, this third of Job’s friends cannot be traced to any particular land or tribe of people, and no close permutation of the name “Naamah” is mentioned anywhere else in scripture.  With friends like this, Job hardly needs enemies.  Not only is Zophar unimpressed and unpersuaded by Job’s claims of innocence, but it is Zophar’s contention that it constitutes defiance of God and therefore, Job deserves even more punishment.

Zophar is certain that he knows Job is a sinner, but the only evidence he has is God’s own omniscience.  It is ironic that he uses his accusing tone alluding to Job’s ignorance of God’s power and Job’s obvious guilt, while his entire presumptive knowledge of the Almighty’s purpose is based on the ultimate in logical fallacies.

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/Bob’s boy
___________________
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Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Bible Reading Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.