Job 13: Job (4) Part 2 of 3: Job
wants to talk to God
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!]
I understand all these things and it's God I want to talk to about
“My eyes have
seen all this, my ears have heard and understood it.
What you know,
I also know; I am not inferior to you.
But I desire
to speak to the Almighty and to argue my case with God.
however, smear me with lies; you are worthless physicians, all
only you would be altogether silent! For you, that would be wisdom.
I'm not sure I can trust your arguments, would God agree with
now my argument; listen to the pleas of my lips.
you speak wickedly on God's behalf? Will you speak deceitfully
Will you show
him partiality? Will you argue the case for God?
it turn out well if he examined you? Could you deceive him as
you might deceive a mortal?
Like me you will be answerable to Him, so let me talk to Him
would surely call you to account if you secretly showed partiality.
his splendor terrify you? Would not the dread of him fall on you?
maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay.
and let me speak; then let come to me what may.
I risk doing this because I trust Him and his integrity
Why do I put
myself in jeopardy and take my life in my hands?
slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my
ways to his face.
this will turn out for my deliverance, for no godless person would
dare come before him!
Listen to my case, I believe I'm innocent, prove it otherwise.
to what I say; let my words ring in your ears.
Now that I
have prepared my case, I know I will be vindicated.
anyone bring charges against me? If so, I will be silent and die.
Lord please stop scaring me, give me a chance to speak
grant me these two things, God, and then I will not hide from
your hand far from me, and stop frightening me with your terrors.
me and I will answer, or let me speak, and you reply to me.
Lord, these are my questions
many wrongs and sins have I committed? Show me my offense and
Why do you
hide your face and consider me your enemy?
Will you torment
a windblown leaf? Will you chase after dry chaff?
The reason I ask them is the plight I find myself in
For you write
down bitter things against me and make me reap the sins of my
my feet in shackles; you keep close watch on all my paths by putting
marks on the soles of my feet.
“So man wastes
away like something rotten, like a garment eaten by moths.
can we summarise what Job has been saying? He
wants to talk to God [v.1-5]
is not sure he can trust their arguments; he needs to hear it
from God [v.6-13].
realises this is risky [v.14-16] but feels he can trust the
wants to lay out his case because he believes he is innocent
needs the Lord to ease up on him to be able to speak [v.20-22].
has questions [v.23-25] which arise because of his plight [v.26-28].
overall message: He just wants an opportunity to talk it with