Job’s Humble Reply – Part 2

Much has been told about the story of Job in the Bible – usually centering around the actions of Job himself.  I have decided to take a little different approach this time through and look for examples of poor advice, specifically from Job’s “friends” – Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar.  And, where appropriate, I am including snippets of Job’s continuing humble response to his friends.


Before this chapter, Job’s friends were contending that God’s righteousness always means that the blameless will not be treated unjustly.  Thus, since Job has experienced trials, he must be something other than blameless.  Job’s response to this?

“Although I am blameless,
   I have no concern for myself;
   I despise my own life.
It is all the same; that is why I say,
   ‘He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’
When a scourge brings sudden death,
   he mocks the despair of the innocent.”   — Job 9:21-23

Unlike his friends, Job grasps the concept that God DOES sometimes destroy those who are blameless.  And he is still pointing out that he has no personal blame in this episode – rather, his plight is simply God’s will for him, nothing more.  As I have pointed out – it is a good thing that God can choose to crush the blameless, or Jesus would never have been allowed to die for our sins, though he was as blameless as a man can be.


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