OYB August 26
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- 2009 Aug 26
20:17 They will never again enjoy streams of olive oil or rivers of milk and honey. (NLT) This version will get a cheap shot in any time they can. Here's NASB: "He does not look at the streams, The rivers flowing with honey and curds.
21:17-18 Yet the light of the wicked never seems to be extinguished. Do they ever have trouble? Does God distribute sorrows to them in anger? Are they driven before the wind like straw? Are they carried away by the storm like chaff? Not at all! Maybe not for now!
21:28 You will tell me of rich and wicked people whose houses have vanished because of their sins. Job knows his friends are thinking that he's guilty of being wicked because of his wealth. This is confirmed by Eliphaz in chapter 22!
21:30-31 Evil people are spared in times of calamity and are allowed to escape disaster. No one criticizes them openly or pays them back for what they have done. This is often true in this life! I have seen it myself. But again, it will not last.
21:34 How can your empty clichés comfort me? All your explanations are lies! It's so terrible to be misunderstood! Job must have been frustrated and crushed by these people. I can feel the rage welling up in me just thinking of the injustice of it, and how these quacks (as he called them) forced themselves into his life when he would have been better off alone to lick his wounds.
22:6-9 Eliphaz makes assumptions about Job, "You must have..." The truth about Job was completely the opposite. He was always very compassionate with the needy and gave freely to all he could. Seriously, it's hard even reading the kind of condemnation coming from these guys at Job's lowest time.
22:23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored—so clean up your life. Thanks for the well-meaning advice, but uh...no thanks Elphy! Job has already landed on the truth that cleaning himself up is impossible before God!
1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. What a blessed hope and a beautiful reassurance!