And I’ll see him—even though I get skinned alive!—, get him to see that his trouble is all his own fault?’. Job 42:11 Hebrew him a kesitah; a kesitah was a unit of money of unknown weight and value. then you can mock me later to your heart’s content. they’ll have a good, long life on easy street. He will ask me not to treat you as you deserve for talking nonsense about me, and for not being honest with me, as he has.”. Once more I see the light!’, He pulls our souls back from certain destruction. but then it’s over, nothing to show for it. But I’d never do that. I’ll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor.”. volunteer to spend the night in your barn? Listen—the fish in the ocean will tell you their stories. It collapsed on the young people and they died. Job's Penitent Reply.Job’ s humiliation and repentance, Job 42:1-6. 7-10 “God, don’t forget that I’m only a wisp of air! 7 1-6 “Human life is a struggle, isn’t it? the plans you’re cooking up to bring me down. Your wild tantrums are confined to this place.’. study what they learned from their ancestors. and live fearless through any catastrophe. Taken care of my own needs and fed my own face. How he arranges the clouds, how he speaks in thunder?Just look at that lightning, his sky-filling light show illumining the dark depths of the sea!These are the symbols of his sovereignty, his generosity, his loving care.He hurls arrows of light, taking sure and accurate aim.The High God roars in the thunder, angry against evil.”37 1-13 “Whenever this happens, my heart stops— I’m stunned, I can’t catch my breath.Listen to it! What’s the point of life when it doesn’t make sense. And banished for good to the land of the dead. or putting those jaws into bit and bridle? g 4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, 27-33 “I’m not deceived. He tells the sun, ‘Don’t shine,’ and it doesn’t; All by himself he stretches out the heavens. NIV: New International Version . When God sets out the entire creation as a science classroom, People are arrogantly indifferent to God—. The sun is gone. See those clouds towering above you?If you sin, what difference could that make to God? leave a legacy of abuse to their children. I know and acknowledge thy omnipotence, which thou hast set forth so magnificently before me in ch. Your so-called comfort is a tissue of lies.”. Because they exploited the poor. 6-7 God addressed Job next from the eye of the storm, and this is what he said: “I have some more questions for you, and I want straight answers. bitter bile poured from my gut to the ground. I want to see my indictment in writing.Anyone’s welcome to read my defense; I’ll write it on a poster and carry it around town.I’m prepared to account for every move I’ve ever made— to anyone and everyone, prince or pauper. He’ll complete in detail what he’s decided about me. He roils deep ocean the way you’d boil water. The way things are going, I’ll soon be dead. 21-23 “If I’ve ever used my strength and influence to take advantage of the unfortunate,Go ahead, break both my arms, cut off all my fingers!The fear of God has kept me from these things— how else could I ever face him? No rest for me, ever—death has invaded life.”. (G)6 Therefore I despise myself(H) and repent(I) in dust and ashes.”(J), 7 After the Lord had said these things to Job(K), he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends,(L) because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. 3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ what chance would we have? 25 1-6 Bildad the Shuhite again attacked Job: “God is sovereign, God is fearsome— everything in the cosmos fits and works in his plan.Can anyone count his angel armies? But my brothers are fickle as a gulch in the desert—, Travelers who spot them and go out of their way for a drink. As gold comes from the northern mountains. 3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge? Stand up for yourself! filled with row upon row of fierce teeth? and standing up for those who were down on their luck. 1 In the land of Uz a there lived a man whose name was Job. You trivialize religion, turn spiritual conversation into empty gossip.It’s your sin that taught you to talk this way. 24-31 “What did I do to deserve this? Shouldn’t your exemplary life give you hope? Stop the wicked in their tracks—make mincemeat of them!Dig a mass grave and dump them in it— faceless corpses in an unmarked grave.I’ll gladly step aside and hand things over to you— you can surely save yourself with no help from me! I’m up to my ears in a swamp of affliction. Start worrying about yourselves. These eyes have had their last look at goodness. knowing I’d brought coats from my closet? We’re in the dark and can’t figure it out. “I’m not letting up—I’m standing my ground. gives firm footing to those sinking in grief. You’ll be on good terms with rocks and mountains; wild animals will become your good friends. these marvels of weather just happen, do you? There! You have all eternity to work things out.So what’s this all about, anyway—this compulsion to dig up some dirt, to find some skeleton in my closet?You know good and well I’m not guilty. 13-23 “I’ll quote your own words back to you: “‘This is how God treats the wicked, this is what evil people can expect from God Almighty:Their children—all of them—will die violent deaths; they’ll never have enough bread to put on the table.They’ll be wiped out by the plague, and none of the widows will shed a tear when they’re gone.Even if they make a lot of money and are resplendent in the latest fashions,It’s the good who will end up wearing the clothes and the decent who will divide up the money.They build elaborate houses that won’t survive a single winter.They go to bed wealthy and wake up poor.Terrors pour in on them like flash floods— a tornado snatches them away in the middle of the night,A cyclone sweeps them up—gone! Terrors pour in on them like flash floods—. When the tent stakes are ripped up, the tent collapses—, we die and are never the wiser for having lived.’”. I learned all this firsthand from the Source; everything I know about justice I owe to my Maker himself. “Are any of us strong enough to give God a hand. If it’s a question of who’s stronger, he wins, hands down! therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Do you know how many months she is pregnant? and sat with my friends in the public square, I was known for helping people in trouble. and for as long as God breathes life into me. Let’s see what you’re made of, what you can do.Unleash your outrage. 22-30 “Have you ever traveled to where snow is made, seen the vault where hail is stockpiled,The arsenals of hail and snow that I keep in readiness for times of trouble and battle and war?Can you find your way to where lightning is launched, or to the place from which the wind blows?Who do you suppose carves canyons for the downpours of rain, and charts the route of thunderstormsThat bring water to unvisited fields, deserts no one ever lays eyes on,Drenching the useless wastelands so they’re carpeted with wildflowers and grass?And who do you think is the father of rain and dew, the mother of ice and frost?You don’t for a minute imagine these marvels of weather just happen, do you? 2 He had seven sons and three daughters, 3 and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. the jealous anger of an idiot does her in. No rest for me, ever—death has invaded life.”. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG). He lets the wicked take over running the world. Hungry people off the street plunder their harvests. How can a mere mortal presume to stand up to God? As things stand, there is no way I can do it.”, all the bitterness of my life—I’m holding back nothing.”. Say, ‘I sinned, but I’ll sin no more.Teach me to see what I still don’t see. I’d console and comfort, make things better, not worse! 13-18 “The ostrich flaps her wings futilely— all those beautiful feathers, but useless!She lays her eggs on the hard ground, leaves them there in the dirt, exposed to the weather,Not caring that they might get stepped on and cracked or trampled by some wild animal.She’s negligent with her young, as if they weren’t even hers. I’m taking my case straight to God Almighty; I’ve had it with you—I’m going directly to God. then I’ll take whatever I have coming to me. (R) You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.”(S) 9 So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite(T) did what the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.(U). and the bereaved were cheered by my visits. and God does nothing, acts like nothing’s wrong! Not one in a thousand!God’s wisdom is so deep, God’s power so immense, who could take him on and come out in one piece?He moves mountains before they know what’s happened, flips them on their heads on a whim.He gives the earth a good shaking up, rocks it down to its very foundations.He tells the sun, ‘Don’t shine,’ and it doesn’t; he pulls the blinds on the stars.All by himself he stretches out the heavens and strides on the waves of the sea.He designed the Big Dipper and Orion, the Pleiades and Alpha Centauri.We’ll never comprehend all the great things he does; his miracle-surprises can’t be counted.Somehow, though he moves right in front of me, I don’t see him; quietly but surely he’s active, and I miss it.If he steals you blind, who can stop him? You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. He’s oblivious to the cries of teamsters. 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