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FRAMEWORKS: Job 6: Job (2) Part 1

 

v.1-4 Job's immeasurable anguish provokes rash words

v.5-7 Anguish inspires noisy outbursts and tasteless advice is refused

v.8-10 If God would allow him death it would prevent intemperate words

v.11-13 My present helpless and weak state denies any hope

v.14-17 Loyalty that deserts friendship is like a stream that runs dry

v.18-23 Looking for understanding words is like traders failing to find water

v.24-30 What are you trying to prove by your words?

 

[Preliminary Comments : Eliphaz has spoken but Job feels he has not understood the depth or intensity or immensity of his anguish and so when he had hoped for words that might help him in his unchanging state, all he was left with was great disappointment. Part 2 follows in chapter 7.]

 

 

v.1-4 Job's immeasurable anguish provokes rash words

 

v.1 Then Job replied: 

v.2 “If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales! 

v.3 It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas— no wonder my words have been impetuous. 

v.4 The arrows of the Almighty are in me, my spirit drinks in their poison; God's terrors are marshaled against me. 

 

[Notes: The impulsive nature of my outpouring should not create surprise when you understand the immensity of my anguish.]

 

 

v.5-7 Anguish inspires noisy outbursts and tasteless advice is refused

 

v.5  Does a wild donkey bray when it has grass, or an ox bellow when it has fodder? 

v.6  Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the sap of the mallow? 

v.7  I refuse to touch it; such food makes me ill. 

 

[Notes: Wild animals make their needs known so why shouldn't I? If you bring me words that are either tasteless or unpleasant to the palate, don't be surprised if I reject them.]

 

 

v.8-10 If God would allow him death it would prevent intemperate words

 

v.8  “Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for, 

v.9 that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut off my life! 

v.10 Then I would still have this consolation— my joy in unrelenting pain— that I had not denied the words of the Holy One. 

 

[Notes: If only God would let me die then I could go to the grave knowing that this awful pain has not led me to speak wrongly of God.]

 

 

v.11-13 My present helpless and weak state denies any hope

v.11 “What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient? 

v.12  Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze? 

v.13  Do I have any power to help myself, now that success has been driven from me? 

 

[Notes: I have no strength left, I am utterly weak and therefore I have no hope of recovery or of a good future.]

 

 

v.14-17 Loyalty that deserts friendship is like a stream that runs dry

 

v.14 “Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty. 

v.15 But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow 

v.16 when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow, 

v.17 but that stop flowing in the dry season, and in the heat vanish from their channels. 

 

[Notes: We would expect God's people to be good friends, but all I'm hearing is spasmodic kindness that comes and goes like a stream through the seasons.]

 

 

v.18-23 Looking for understanding words is like traders failing to find water

 

v.18 Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go off into the wasteland and perish. 

v.19 The caravans of Tema look for water, the traveling merchants of Sheba look in hope. 

v.20  They are distressed, because they had been confident; they arrive there, only to be disappointed. 

v.21 Now you too have proved to be of no help; you see something dreadful and are afraid. 

v.22 Have I ever said, ‘Give something on my behalf, pay a ransom for me from your wealth, 

v.23 deliver me from the hand of the enemy, rescue me from the clutches of the ruthless'? 

 

[Notes: I hoped for understanding but my disappointment is like that of the desert traders who think they know where to find an oasis but it is not there. I have made no demands of you so shouldn't I receive better (implied).]

 

 

v.24-30 What are you trying to prove by your words?

 

v.24  “Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong. 

v.25 How painful are honest words! But what do your arguments prove? 

v.26 Do you mean to correct what I say, and treat my desperate words as wind? 

v.27 You would even cast lots for the fatherless and barter away your friend. 

v.28 “But now be so kind as to look at me. Would I lie to your face? 

v.29 Relent, do not be unjust; reconsider, for my integrity is at stake. 

v.30 Is there any wickedness on my lips? Can my mouth not discern malice?

 

[Notes: I look for teaching that will help me, honest words to bring me through but all I hear are words that fail to understand my anguish. I'm not making this up, I'm desperately trying to be honest.]

 

Lessons:

1. When someone is going through great anguish they are not looking for intellectual answers but heart understanding.

2. They want to be understood why they may be speaking out unwisely or ungraciously, they want us to know and feel something of the overwhelming anguish they feel.

3. Failure to enter into these things will just leave our friends feeling misunderstood and so disappointed at our inabilities to be a true friend.]

     

  

CONTINUE to Chapter 7