Job: A survey of questions & responses

Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Namaathite, Job’s three friends wanted, and challenged, God to answer Job but because He didn’t respond as they thought he should, the three took it upon themselves to speak for God (Job 13:7-13).  Job knew he was better than the way his friends behaved, and knew they were wrong.  He called his friends “miserable comforters” (Job 16:2).  He said that they behaved with complete nonsense (Job 27:12), being “forgers of lies” and “worthless physicians” (Job 13:4), and “mockers” (Job 17:2).  Job’s friends did not speak what was right like Job did, according to God (Job 42:7-8).

Questions & Responses

  • 6:26-27, 29 – Job calls Eliphaz’s bluff more than answering his own question.
  • 9:3 – contending with God
  • 10:2 – Job thinks God contends with him.
  • Job 12:22 – God uncovers deep things out of darkness, and brings the shadow of death to light. God created then subdued darkness.
  • 13:8 – Job accuses his friends of contending with God.
  • 13:19 – Who will contend with Job?
  • 13:20-21 – A quote from a seminary chapel goes something like this: We should not fear God’s hand on us, but rather fear God removing His hand from us.
  • 14:4 – Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? No one!
  • 16:4-5 – What would Job do (WWJD)?: “I would strengthen you, comfort you, and relieve your grief.”
  • 16:21 – Job desires a mediator.
  • Job 19:23-27 – I shall see God in my flesh… The Great Mystery.
  • 19:25-26 – Job said, “I know that my Redeemer lives,” and, “after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God.” Compare to Galatians 2:20.
  • 23:6 – “Would He contend with me in His great power? No!  But He would take note of me.”  The inference of the text:  “If I go to Him for answers, then I would know and understand.  In doing so, would He contend with me…”
  • Job 26:14 – Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, and how small a whisper we hear of Him! But the thunder of His power who can understand!
  • 27 – Job confesses his righteousness (not his sin). See also 6:29; 7:20-21; all of chapter 31; 32:1; 33:8-11; 34:5-6.
  • 28:22 – Destruction = Abaddon, the Hebrew name of the angel in Revelation 9:11.
  • 28:28 – The fear of the Lord is wisdom and to depart from evil is understanding.
  • 31:2-3 – What is the allotment from God? Destruction for wicked and disaster for sinners.
  • 33:13 – Elihu asks Job why he contends with God.
  • 40:2 – God asked, “Shall one who contends with God correct Him?
  • Job 42:3-6 – Job confesses.

Also see:

Elihu: From formable boy to formidable man

Ode to Job