Notes: Job 28-29

English Language Bible Study Guide for January 19, 2008

Job 28

1-11: Look around and you will find many things here and there across the earth.

12-28: But where can you find wisdom?

In these words Job sounds much like wise Solomon in the Book of Proverbs.

Proverbs 1:7  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 9:10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

13-19: What is wisdom worth? What would you pay for wisdom?

20: What is the source of wisdom?

23: God!

Consider these Biblical doxologies:

1Timothy 1:17  Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Jude 1:25  To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Throughout our lives many people are presented to us as wise; but Job, along with Solomon and David (and all believers through the ages) has the understanding that true wisdom is with the one who knows God.

Psalm 111:10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments:


Job 29

Job longs for “the good old days.”

  • 2: when God preserved me
  • 3: when God’s light brightened my path
  • 4: when as a youth I knew God’s presence
  • 5: when my children were alive
  • 6: when I enjoyed prosperity
  • 7-11: when I was held in high reputation by all men
  • 12-13: when I helped the poor and orphans
  • 14: when I was clothed in righteousness and justice
  • 15: when I ministered to the blind and the lame
  • 16: when I sought the truth
  • 17: when I crusaded against the wicked
  • 18: when I could have died in peace after many days
  • 19: when my influence was widespread
  • 21-23: when men listened to everything I had to say
  • 24: when I could joke with people
  • 25: when men listened to my advice