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JOB RESPONDS

Job has endured another friend insulting him as being a sinner.  He is not prepared to be offended without a response though.

And Job answered and said,  No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.  But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?  I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.  He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.  Job 12:1-5

Job answered…he sure did!  Oh yes, you’re the man, and all wisdom will die when you die.  Biblical sarcasm!  Job is no fool, and they have said nothing but common knowledge about God.  Anyone who is safely seated may not appreciate a good light as much as one who is about to fall in the dark.

The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth abundantly.  But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee.  Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.  Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?  In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:6-10

Evil men prosper but all of nature knows that God rules everything.  Job’s friends have revealed nothing new.

Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?  With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.  With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.  Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.  Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth. Job 12:11-15

If we hear and taste we know that God builds and destroys and nothing resists him.

With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.  He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools.  He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle.  He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty.  He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged. Job 12:16-20

God is in charge of all wisdom, he installs and destroys kings.  He makes trustworthy men speak foolishness and makes old men turn into fools.  I think Job is saying that he knows a friend like that old fool.

He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.  He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death.  He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.  He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.  They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man. Job 12:21-25

God destroys the mighty and leaves them broken and weak like a drunk.  Job doesn’t have any more understanding of why God would do all this, but he is resigned to the obvious destruction he has felt.  He will have his answers soon.

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