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FRAMEWORKS: Job 13: Job's fourth speech [Part 2 of 3]

 

[Preliminary Comments: In chapter 12 we saw Job declaring God's sovereignty as the Creator. Now he turns back to the friends and implies he's had enough of arguing with them, he wants to talk to God [v.1-5] because they, like him, are imperfect and he's not sure he can trust their arguments, he needs to hear it from God [v.6-13]. He realises this is risky [v.14-16] but feels he can trust the Lord. He wants to lay out his case because he believes he is innocent [v.17-19] but he needs the Lord to ease up on him and give him breathing space, so to speak, and be able to speak [v.20-22]. He has questions [v.23-25] which arise because of his plight [v.26-28]. He just wants an opportunity to talk it with God!]

 

 

v.1-5 I understand all these things and it's God I want to talk to about them

v.1 “My eyes have seen all this, my ears have heard and understood it. 

v.2 What you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you. 

v.3 But I desire to speak to the Almighty and to argue my case with God. 

v.4 You, however, smear me with lies; you are worthless physicians, all of you! 

v.5  If only you would be altogether silent! For you, that would be wisdom. 

 

v.6-9 I'm not sure I can trust your arguments, would God agree with them?

v.6  Hear now my argument; listen to the pleas of my lips. 

v.7 Will you speak wickedly on God's behalf? Will you speak deceitfully for him? 

v.8 Will you show him partiality? Will you argue the case for God? 

v.9 Would it turn out well if he examined you? Could you deceive him as you might deceive a mortal? 

 

v.10-13 Like me you will be answerable to Him, so let me talk to Him

v.10 He would surely call you to account if you secretly showed partiality. 

v.11 Would not his splendor terrify you? Would not the dread of him fall on you? 

v.12 Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay. 

v.13 “Keep silent and let me speak; then let come to me what may. 

 

v.14-16 I risk doing this because I trust Him and his integrity

v.14 Why do I put myself in jeopardy and take my life in my hands? 

v.15 Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face. 

v.16  Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance, for no godless person would dare come before him! 

 

v.17-19 Listen to my case, I believe I'm innocent, prove it otherwise.

v.17 Listen carefully to what I say; let my words ring in your ears. 

v.18 Now that I have prepared my case, I know I will be vindicated. 

v.19 Can anyone bring charges against me? If so, I will be silent and die. 

 

v.20-22 Lord please stop scaring me, give me a chance to speak

v.20 “Only grant me these two things, God, and then I will not hide from you: 

v.21 Withdraw your hand far from me, and stop frightening me with your terrors. 

v.22 Then summon me and I will answer, or let me speak, and you reply to me. 

 

v.23-25 Lord, these are my questions

v.23 How many wrongs and sins have I committed? Show me my offense and my sin. 

v.24 Why do you hide your face and consider me your enemy? 

v.25 Will you torment a windblown leaf? Will you chase after dry chaff? 

 

v.26-28 The reason I ask them is the plight I find myself in

v.26 For you write down bitter things against me and make me reap the sins of my youth. 

v.27 You fasten my feet in shackles; you keep close watch on all my paths by putting marks on the soles of my feet. 

v.28 “So man wastes away like something rotten, like a garment eaten by moths.

 

 

[Concluding Comments: To recap, Job

- wants to talk to God [v.1-5]

- he's not sure he can trust their arguments; he needs to hear it from God [v.6-13].

- He realises this is risky [v.14-16] but feels he can trust the Lord.

- He wants to lay out his case because he believes he is innocent [v.17-19]

- He needs the Lord to ease up on him to be able to speak [v.20-22].

- He has questions [v.23-25] which arise because of his plight [v.26-28].

 

The overall message: He just wants an opportunity to talk it with God!]

 

CONTINUE to Chapter 14