2 Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2 (NIV)
Let me just say if you have not read the book of Job you should because the ending is awesome. This part is long and I tried to condense it to the chapter and the first verse of each chapter or at least to the scripture that seemed applicable to the book of Job. I wanted to write some commentaries in regards to the book of Job but if I did I would give the ending away so now I must exercise restraint.
18 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied: 2 “When will you end these speeches? Be sensible, and then we can talk.
19 Then Job replied: 2 “How long will you torment me and crush me with words?
20 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied: 2 “My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer because I am greatly disturbed. 3 I hear a rebuke that dishonors me, and my understanding inspires me to reply.
21 Then Job replied: 2 “Listen carefully to my words; let this be the consolation you give me. 3 Bear with me while I speak, and after I have spoken, mock on.
22 Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied: 2 “Can a man be of benefit to God? Can even a wise person benefit him? 3 What pleasure would it give the Almighty if you were righteous? What would he gain if your ways were blameless?
23 Then Job replied: 2 “Even today my complaint is bitter; his hand[a] is heavy in spite of[b] my groaning. 3 If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling! 4 I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.
Job continues saying: 24 “Why does the Almighty not set times for judgment? Why must those who know him look in vain for such days?
25 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied: 2 “Dominion and awe belong to God; he establishes order in the heights of heaven. 3 Can his forces be numbered? On whom does his light not rise?
26 Then Job replied: 2 “How you have helped the powerless! How you have saved the arm that is feeble! 3 What advice you have offered to one without wisdom! And what great insight you have displayed! 4 Who has helped you utter these words? And whose spirit spoke from your mouth?
27 And Job continued his discourse: 2 “As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made my life bitter, 3 as long as I have life within me, the breath of God in my nostrils, 4 my lips will not say anything wicked, and my tongue will not utter lies.
28 And he said to the human race, “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.”
29 Job continued his discourse: 2 “How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me,3 when his lamp shone on my head and by his light I walked through darkness!
Job continues: 30 “But now they mock me, men younger than I, whose fathers I would have disdained to put with my sheep dogs.
Job still talking: 6 let God weigh me in honest scales and he will know that I am blameless
So Job rants for six chapters
32 So these three men stopped answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. 2 But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God. 3 He was also angry with the three friends, because they had found no way to refute Job, and yet had condemned him.[a] 4 Now Elihu had waited before speaking to Job because they were older than he. 5 But when he saw that the three men had nothing more to say, his anger was aroused.
6 So Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said:
Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite continues:33 “But now, Job, listen to my words; pay attention to everything I say.
34 Then Elihu said: 2 “Hear my words, you wise men; listen to me, you men of learning.
35 Then Elihu said: 2 “Do you think this is just? You say, ‘I am in the right, not God.’ 3 Yet you ask him, ‘What profit is it to me, and what do I gain by not sinning?’
36 Elihu continued: 2 “Bear with me a little longer and I will show you that there is more to be said in God’s behalf.
Yes Elihu is still talking here. 37 “At this my heart pounds and leaps from its place.
So then Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite rants for six chapters as well. What impresses me the most is that Job and all his friends are determined to show who is wiser. None of Job’s friend offers any compassion although there might be a hint of empathy but has been pushed out of sight. You have to come back next week to see happens next…it’s amazing.
God bless all that read this with His love, light, grace, mercy, and wisdom. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Revelation 22:21 (KJV)