Job 14-21


     14[1 -6] Everyone who is born of a woman, is of few days, and full of trouble. They come forth like a flower, and are cut down. They run like a shadow, and pass away. Do You open your eyes on such a one, and bring me into judgment with You? Who can make an unfit thing fit? Not one. Seeing our days are decided, the number of our months is known to You, and You’ve set our time that we can’t pass; Look away from us, that we may rest, until we’re finished with our work for the day.

     [7-14] For there is hope for a tree, if It’s cut down, that it will sprout again, that the tender sprout won’t die. Though its root grows old in the earth, and its stock dies in the ground, still through the scent of water it will bud, and put out a new sprout like a plant. But human beings die, and are laid low. Yes, human beings give up the spirit, and where are they?   As the waters evaporate from the sea, and the river drains and dries up, so human beings die and don’t get up. Until the heavens are gone, they won’t awake, nor be roused out of their sleep. Oh that You’d hide me in the grave, that You’d keep me secret, until your anger is gone, that you’d set me a time, and remember me! If someone dies, will they live again? I’d  wait all the days of my troubled life, until I’m changed.

     [15-22] You’d call, and I’d  answer you. You’d want to see the work of Your hands. But now You number my steps. Don’t You watch over my sin? My disobedience is sealed up in a bag. You fasten up my sin. But the mountain falling comes to nothing. The rock rolls out of its place; The waters wear the stones away. The storms wash away the dust of the earth. So You destroy the hope of humanity. You have power over them forever, and they die. You change their face, and send them away. Their children come to show their respects, but they don’t know it. They’re very sad, but they don’t see it of them. But the body has pain, and the soul within mourns.

 

Eliphaz Answers Job

     15[1-6] Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered, “Should a wise person answer with worthless knowledge, and fill themself with the east wind? Should they reason with useless talk, or with words that can do no good? Yes, you have no fear, and don’t respect God. Your sin teaches your mouth what to say, and you choose sneaky language. Your own mouth condemns you, and not I. Yes, your own lips speak against you.

     [7-11] “Are you the first person to be born? Or were you brought forth before the hills? Have you heard the secret counsel of God? Do you limit wisdom to yourself? What do you know, that we don’t know? What do you understand that we don’t? Both the gray-headed and the very aged are with us, much older than your father.  Are the comforts of God not enough for you, even the word that is gentle toward you?

     [12-16] Why does your heart carry you away? Why do your eyes flash, so that you turn your spirit against God, and let such words come out of your mouth? How could a human ever be clean? How could someone, who is born of a woman, be good? God puts no trust even in the angels. Yes, the heavens aren’t even clean in the sight of God;          how much less one who is evil and corrupt, who drinks sin like water!

     [17-24] “I’ll show you, so listen to me; I’ll tell you what I’ve seen; (Which the wise have told by their ancestors, and haven’t hidden it; to whom alone the land was given, and no stranger passed with them); sinners suffer in pain all  their days, even the number of years that are laid up for the abuser. They hear the sound of fear. When they do welll, the destroyer will come on them. They don’t believe that they’ll return out of darkness. They’re just waiting to die. They wander around looking for food, saying, ‘Where is it?’ They know that the day of darkness is soon coming.                  Trouble and suffering make them afraid. It comes against them, as a ruler ready for the battle.

     [25 Because they’ve shook their fist at God, and behave proudly against the Almighty; they stubbornly fight against God; building a wall between them.  They’ve covered their face with fatness, and gathered fat on their thighs, living in empty cities, in houses which no one lives, which are ready to cave in. They won’t be rich, nor will they last long, nor will their things be left on the earth. They won’t leave out of darkness. The flame will dry up their bones. They’ll be destroyed by the breath of God’s mouth.

     [31-35] Don’t let them trust in their lies, lying to themself; for lies will be their punishment. It will happen while they are still young. They’ll wither and die. They’ll have no fruit. For the company of the godless will be barren, and fire will burn the homes of those who take bribes. They conceive a lier, and bring a sinner into the world. Their heart is full of lies.”

 

Job Answers Eliphaz

     16[1-5] Then Job answered, “I’ve heard many such things. You’re all miserable comforters! Will your worthless words ever end? Or what provokes you that you answer this way? I also could speak as you do. If you were in my place, I could say all this against you, and shake my head at you, but I’d  strengthen you with my words. I’d  do all I could to comfort you.

     [6-9] Though I speak, my grief isn’t gone. But if I don’t speak how am I any better? But now, God, you’ve truly worn me out. You’ve made all my company of no use to me. You’ve shriveled me up as a witness against me. My weakness speaks against me to my face. Your anger has torn me, and troubled me. You’ve chewed me up and spit me out. You watch my every move.

     [10-17] They’ve opened their mouth wide against me. They’ve critical words slap me in the face. They gather themselves together against me. God, You give me to the ungodly, and throw me into the hands of the sinful.   I was at ease, and You broke me apart. Yes, You’ve taken me by the neck, and dashed me to pieces. You’ve also set me up for a target. Your archers surround me. You split my body apart, and don’t spare me. You pour out my blood on the ground.You destroy me with wound after wound, coming after me like a giant. I’ve sewed mourning clothes on my skin, and have thrown my strength in the dust. My face is red with crying. Deep darkness is on my eyelids, even though I’ve done nothing wrong, and my prayer is honest.

     [18-22] Earth, don’t cover my blood. Let my cry have no place to rest. Even now, see, my witness is in heaven. The One who vouches for me is on high. My friends make fun of me. My eyes pour out tears to God, to uphold a person’s right to bring their complaint to God, and of a human being to speak with their neighbor! When a few years have passed, I’ll go where I won’t return.

 

 

     17[1-6] My spirit’s all gone. My days are over, and the grave is ready for me. Truly, they make fun of me. I see nothing but their bitterness. Now promise me, that You’ll stand up for me Yourself. Who else is there who will figt with me? You’ve hidden their heart from understanding, so won’t You let them see. Those who accuse a friend for a reward, even the eyes of their children will fail to see. But You’ve made me a byword of the people. They spit in my face.

     [7-12] My eye grows dim because of my sorrow. My whole body is passing like a shadow. Good people will be shocked at this. The innocent will stir themselves up against the godless. Still the good will hold on to their way. Those who have clean hands will grow stronger and stronger. But as for you all, come on now again; I won’t find a wise one among you. My days are over, my plans are ruined, as are the thoughts of my heart. They change the night into day, saying ‘The light is near’ when it’s still dark.

     [13-16] If I look for the grave as my house, if I’ve made my bed in the darkness, if I’ve given myself up to rottenness, and to the worm, where then is my hope? As for my hope, who will see it? Will it go down with me to the gates of Hell, when we rest together in the dust?”

 

Bildad Answers Job

     18[1-4] Then Bildad the Shuhite answered, “How long before you stop talking? Think about it, and then we’ll talk. Why are we counted as animals, which are unfit in your sight? You, who destroy yourself in your anger, will the natural order of the world be changed for you? Or will the rock be shaken out its place?

     [5-10] Yes, the light of the sinful will be put out, the spark of their fire won’t shine. The light will go out in that house. Their lamp above them will be put out. Their life will be shortened. Their own wisdom will make them fall. They’re thrown into a net by their own feet, and wander into its mesh. A trap will take them by the heel. A trap will catch them. A noose is hidden for them in the ground, a trap for them in the way.

     [11-15] Fears will make them afraid on every side and will chase at their heels. Their strength will give out. Trouble will follow them wherever they go. Their bodies will be destroyed. The firstborn of death (the destroyer, Satan) will destroy  them. They’ll leave their bodies in which they trust and be brought to the Ruler of Fears. There they’ll live in a place that was not meant for them. Sulfur will be scattered where they are.

     [16-21] Their roots will be dried up beneath them. Their branches above will be broken. Their memory will die from the earth. They’ll have no name in the street. They’ll be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world. They’ll have no children nor grandchildren among their people, nor are any left where they were. Those who come after will be shocked at what happened to them, as those who went before were scared of them. Truly, this is how the ungodly will be. This is the place of those who don’t know God.

 

Job Answers Bildad

     19[1-7] Then Job answered, “How long will you torment me, and crush me with your words? You’ve criticised me ten times. You aren’t ashamed to attack me. If it’s true that I’ve done wrong, my errors stay with myself. Truly, if you believe you’re better than me, and bring your criticisms against me; know now that God has broken me, and caught me in a net. See, I cry out because I’ve been wronged, but I’m not heard. I cry for help, but there’s no justice.

     [8-12] God has walled up my way so that I can’t pass, and has set darkness in my paths. God has stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head. God has broken me down on every side, and I’m done. God has plucked up my hope like a tree. God is angry with me and counts me as an enemy, sending troops to build a siege ramp against me, and encamp around my home.

     [13-19] God has put my friends far from me. My acquaintances won’t come anywhere near me. My relatives have all gone away. Even my best friends have forgotten me. Those who live in my house, and my workers, count me as a stranger. I’m like a foreigner in their sight. I call to my workers, and they don’t answer. I beg them. My breath is offensive to my wife. I’m hated by my own family members. Even young children hate me. If I get up, they speak against me. All my best friends hate me. Those whom I loved have turned against me.

     [20-24] My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh. I’ve escaped by the skin of my teeth. Have pity on me, have pity on me, you my friends; for the hand of God has touched me. Why do you trouble me as God, and aren’t satisfied with my flesh? Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were printed in a book! That with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in a rock forever!

     [25-29] But as for me, I know that my Savior lives, and will stand upon the earth in the last days. After my body is destroyed by worms, yet in my body I’ll see God, whom I’ll see for myself, and not another. My eyes will see, and not as a stranger. My heart is broken within me. If you say, ‘How we’ll trouble him!’ because the root of the matter is found in me, be scared, for anger brings punishment, that you may know there is a judgment.”

 

Zophar Answers Job

     20[1-5] Then Zophar, the Naamathite, answered, “So my thoughts make me answer, even if I do so too quickly. I’ve heard the arguments which put me to shame. The spirit of my understanding makes me answer. Don’t you know this from the old days, since human beings were put on earth, that the success of the sinful is short, the happiness of the godless lasts only a moment?

     [6-11] Though they grow and mount up to the heavens, and their head reaches to the clouds, still they’ll die forever like their own waste. Those who have seen them will say, ‘Where are they?’They’ll fly away like a dream, and won’t be found. Yes, they’ll go away like a vision of the night. Those who saw them will see them no more, nor will their place see them anymore. Their children will look to the poor for favors. Their hands will give back their wealth. Their bones are full of youth, but youth will lie down with them in the dust.

     [12-16] Though evil is sweet in their mouth, though they hide it under their tongue, though they spare it, and won’t let it go, but keep it still in their mouth; still their food in their bowels is turned to poison like a cobra’s venom within them. They’ve swallowed down riches, and they’ll vomit them up again. God will throw them out of their bellies.They’ll suck cobra venom. And the snake’s tongue will kill them.

     [17-21] They won’t look at the rivers of oil, the flowing streams of honey and butter. Whatever they worked for they’ll give back, and won’t swallow it down. They won’t be happy, no matter how much they get. They’ve abused and left the poor wanting. They’ve violently taken away a house, and won’t build it up. Because they knew no peace, they won’t be saved by anything of what they now enjoy. There wasn’t anything left that they didn’t use up, so their success won’t last.

     [22-25] Even when they have much wealth, trouble will overtake them. The hand of everyone who is in misery will snatch at them. When they’re about to eat, God’s great anger will fall on them. It will rain on them while they eat. Though they run from the iron weapon, the bronze arrow will stab them through. They pull it out, and it comes out of the body. Yes, the shining point comes out of their liver and fear overtakes them.

     [26-29] All darkness is laid up for their treasures. An unfanned fire will destroy them. It will burn up what’s left in their hous. The heavens will reveal their sin. The earth will come against them. The riches of their house will come to an end. They’ll rush away in the day of God’s anger. This is what God does to the sinner, the legacy given to them by God.”

 

Job Answers Zophar

     21[1 -6] Then Job answered, “Listen carefully to my speech. Let this be your consolation. Let me, and I also will speak; After I’ve said what I want to say, keep on mocking me.       As for me, is my complaint to human beings? Why shouldn’t I be impatient? Look at me, and be shocked. Lay your hand on your mouth. When I remember, I’m troubled. Horror takes hold of my physical body.

     [7 -15] Why do the sinful live, become old, yes, and grow strong in power? Their children are established with them in their sight, their children before their eyes. Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the judgment of God upon them.         Their bulls breed without fail. Their cows calve, and don’t miscarry. They send forth their little ones like a flock. Their children dance. They sing to the tambourine and harp, and are happy at the sound of the flute. They spend their days richly, yet, in an instant, they go down to Hell. They tell God, ‘Leave us alone, we don’t want to know about your ways. Why should we serve God? What will it profit us, if we pray to God?’

     [16-20] See, their wealth isn’t in their own power. The ways of the sinful is far from me. How often is it that the lamp of the sinful is put out, that their trouble comes on them, that God’s anger brings sorrows on them? How often is it that they’re as stubble before the wind, as straw that the storm blows away? You say, ‘God lays up their sin for their children.’ Let God send judgment on themselves, that they may know it. Let their own eyes see their destruction. Let them see the anger of the Almighty.

     [21-26] For what do they care for their family after their gone, when their days come to an end? Will anyone teach God knowledge, seeing God judges those who do well for themselves? Some die in their full strength, being comepletly healthy and at peace. Their breasts are full of milk. Their bones are full of marrow. Another dies with a sorrowful soul, and never tastes of good. They both are buried alike in the earth. The worms cover them.

     [27-34] See, I know your thoughts, the things which you imagine against me. You say, ‘Where is the house of the leader? Where is the home where the sinful lived?’ Haven’t you asked travelers? Don’t you know their evidences, that the evil ones are kept for the day of trouble, that they’re led to the day of God’s anger? Who will tell them to their face what they’ve done? Who will repay them for what they’ve done? Still they’ll be carried to the grave and others will keep watch over their tomb. The dirt of the valley will be sweet to them. Everyone will follow after them, as there were countless numbers before them. So how can you comfort me with this nonsense, seeing that in your answers there is only falsehood?”

 

 

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I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and nine grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, for the last ten years or so and am working on a final edit, now. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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