Notes: Job 30-31

English Language Bible Study Guide for January 20, 2008

Job rehearsed his blessed past in chapter 29; but now…

Job 30

Three times Job mentions “now” (verses 1, 9 and 16).

1-8: But now I no longer have respect in the community

9-10: And now I am despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.

Psalm 22:7  All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
8  He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

11-15: Because God has afflicted me, everyone around me takes liberty to add to my affliction. Consider all they have done:

  • 11: They let loose all manner of meanness
  • 12: They rise up against me and push me away
  • 13: They keep mentioning my trouble and they twist the truth about my life
  • 14: They fall on me like a tidal wave
  • 15: Their attack on my character is actually an assault on my soul

16-24: And where is God?

  • 19: He has cast me into the mire
  • 20: He doesn’t hear me when I cry to Him
  • 21: He has positioned Himself against me
  • 22: He moves me about as with a strong wind
  • 23: He holds my life in His hands

26-31: I have been my brother’s keeper; I have been the humanitarian’s humanitarian.

And when I looked for good, then evil came;

when I waited for light, there came darkness.

Who would recognize the Job of God’s testimony in the Job of these words?


Job 31

Job continues the thought that he had lived a God-honoring life, and that he can’t think of any reason of his own doing that these tragedies have struck him.

If I…

walked in vanity

hastened to deceit

turned away from the right path

have blotted my testimony

was deceived by a woman

stalked my neighbor

despised my servants

withheld from the poor

hurt widows

ate while orphans starved around me

refused clothing to the needy

struck orphans

trusted in gold

rejoiced in my wealth

worshipped the sun or moon

took pleasure in the downfall of my enemies

cursed those who hated me

denied my sinfulness

stolen any of that which I possessed

Then I…

deserve this affliction.

But I…

have done none of these things.


The words of Job are ended.