Notes: Job 20-21

English Language Study Guide for January 16, 2008

After Zophar’s scathing accusations, Job responds.

Job 21

2-3: Listen to what I have to say, then make fun of me if you will.

4: Do you think I’m just making a show before men?

5: Be quiet; cover your mouth if you must.

7-19: Look around and observe the lives of wicked men

  • 7: They become mighty in power
  • 8: Their families are large and healthy
  • 9: They don’t live in fear of God’s chastening rod
  • 10-11: Their animals increase
  • 11-12: Their children enjoy life, music and dance
  • 13: They are wealthy
  • 13: They don’t have lingering deaths
  • 14: They bid God leave for they have no desire to know His will for their lives
  • 15: They consider worship to be unprofitable; they consider God to be irrelevant
  • 17-19: God ignores them for their insignificance

22: Would you advise God to run things differently?

23-26: All men die alike.

27-28: I know what you’re trying to do to me.

29-33: If you would but ask, you would learn that there is a future day of judgment for the wicked, and justice will prevail.

34: Why, then, do you keep lying about me and saying that all of this is judgment for my sins?


Job 22

Like a broken record, Eliphaz speaks again, repeating his false accusations.

2-3: Job, God doesn’t need you and He takes no pleasure in you.

Psalm 35:27  Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

Psalm 147:11  The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

Psalm 149:4  For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.

Ephesians 1:5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

5-9: Job, you are a wicked man.

  • taken from your brother without cause
  • stripped the naked
  • refused food and water from the hungry and thirsty
  • rejected widows and orphans

10-11: Because of your sin these things come upon you.

12-14: Dare you challenge God?

15-17: Don’t you remember what happened in the (not-so-distant) past? Recall that God destroyed the earth with a flood because of the wickedness of men (Genesis 6:5-7)

21-30: Draw near to God, Job; and He will give peace to your soul.

These last 10 verses would be most encouraging to the person riddled with guilt; but they offer no help to one of whom God says, “there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and avoids evil?” (Job 1:8).