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FRAMEWORKS: Job 10: Job (3) Part 2: Job now Prays i.e. directly addresses God


[Preliminary Comments: In chapter 9, the first half of Job's third speech, we saw Job acknowledging that arguing with God is a futile exercise. Now, turning from generally speaking about that, still in the depths of despair with his suffering, Job turns and addresses God directly. We see his request for explanations [v.2,3] because he knows that God is infinitely greater than us and doesn't make mistakes like humans do [v.4-7]. He recognizes that God has made him and so wonders what He is now doing with him [v.8-12]. As the all-seeing Judge, he knows God doesn't make mistakes [v.13-17) so wonders what is going on. He concludes by wondering what is happening and pleads for a little light relief before he dies [v.18-22]. No doubt there is an edge to all of his questioning but it is not surprising in the light of what he is suffering. Note in all this he neither mocks God nor accuses Him of wrong-doing. He just wants to know!]



v.1 Job's starting point


v.1  “I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul. 


v.2 I'd like to know what I've done wrong


v.2  I say to God: Do not declare me guilty but tell me what charges you have against me. 


v.3 You must have a reason for this while the wicked escape


v.3  Does it please you to oppress me, to spurn the work of your hands, while you smile on the plans of the wicked? 


v.4 Surely your vision is not limited like ours, so you see the truth [implied]


v.4  Do you have eyes of flesh? Do you see as a mortal sees? 


v.5-7 Spiteful humans nit-pick even when I'm not guilty; surely not you


v.5  Are your days like those of a mortal or your years like those of a strong man, 

v.6 that you must search out my faults and probe after my sin— 

v.7  though you know that I am not guilty and that no one can rescue me from your hand? 


v.8-12 Look, I know you made me and blessed me so why now turn and destroy me?


v.8  “Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me? 

v.9  Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again? 

v.10  Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese, 

v.11 clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and sinews? 

v.12 You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit. 


v.13 As a righteous judge you watched me


v.13 “But this is what you concealed in your heart, and I know that this was in your mind: 


v.14 So if I sinned you would deal with me, that I understand


v.14  If I sinned, you would be watching me and would not let my offense go unpunished. 


v.15 If I was guilty I know I would be in trouble, but even innocent it seems I am anyway


v.15  If I am guilty—woe to me! Even if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head, for I am full of shame and drowned in my affliction. 


v.16 If I lost perspective and became arrogant your power would deal with me


v.16  If I hold my head high, you stalk me like a lion and again display your awesome power against me. 


v.17 It just seems you provide pointing fingers against me [for no reason, implied]


v.17  You bring new witnesses against me and increase your anger toward me; your forces come against me wave upon wave. 


v.18,19 So again I ask, why was I born? I would have been better stillborn


v.18   “Why then did you bring me out of the womb? I wish I had died before any eye saw me. 

v.19   If only I had never come into being, or had been carried straight from the womb to the grave! 


v.20-22 I understand I'm facing death, can't I have a moment of light before darkness


v.20   Are not my few days almost over? Turn away from me so I can have a moment's joy 

v.21   before I go to the place of no return, to the land of gloom and utter darkness, 

v.22   to the land of deepest night, of utter darkness and disorder, where even the light is like darkness.”



[Concluding Comments: To recap, what has Job been saying? He

- still speaks out of his anguish [v.1],

- looks for explanations,

- as to his guilt [v.2],

- why God is acting like this [v.3-7],

- why he was born for this [v.8-12],

- how the Judge works [v.13-17],

- again, why he was born [v.18,19],

- he requests a moment's respite before death [v.20-22].


Underlying all this is implied the big question, ‘Why????'. Why is this all happening? It is a legitimate question to ask but the testing comes in the way we ask it and how we cope with the lack of conclusion and ongoingness of a time of suffering.]



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