Friday, January 3, 2020
7:00 p.m. CST
Zophar: God exacts less from you than you iniquity deserves. Can you search out the deep things of God? Repent and stretch out your hands to God. The eyes of the wicked shall fail.
Job dismisses his friends’ wisdom. All creation understands God’s power. God underthrows the mighty, and his judgment is irrevocable.
Job’s friends are worthless physicians. Your proverbs are platitudes are ashes. Job asks why God hides from him, and does not reveal his sins.
Job laments man’s frailty, which comes forth and fades like a flower. God has appointed the length of man’s days. Man lies down and does not rise. Job considers the limitless power of God and despairs.
Eliphaz that Job is accused by his own words. Job is arrogant: ‘were you born before the hills?’ Man is universally impure. The wicked man writhes with pain all his days, despite his transient life of wealth and luxury.
Job reproaches his friends: shall words of wind have an end? God has delivered me to the ungodly (which seems to be a satirical swipe at his friends as well as a more general lament about his misfortunes). He wishes that a man might plead with God – again using the legal imagery of, eg, chapter 9.