The book of Job through the ages has retained its original title. Some think the title Job may have been derived from the Hebrew word for persecution and thus means "persecuted one," or from an Arabic term meaning "repent." However, in the pages of scripture the Bible quotes Job in both Ezekiel and James, which indicates to us that Job was indeed a real person. The Book of Job shows us over and over that man does not have enough knowledge to always know why things happen, and that we cannot speak for God. But instead we can rise above our situation by trusting in the Lord. The Lord knows why things happen and He will work things out for our eternal good, for those who love Him and trust in Him. Moreover, the book of Job reminds us that when nothing else is left, we must remember God is enough. While God does not promise that we will have riches here on earth, we will have riches in heaven as we spend eternity with Him.
The Book of Job not only shows us again God's sovereignty and control; but it also provides for us a clear picture of what the Apostle Paul tells us in his letter to the Ephesian Christians, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." The Book of Job also gives a warning to those who too quickly condemn others who are in difficult situations or undergoing hardship, and that we must not be too quick to judge others. In addition, it shows us that we can never speak for God and that we are to show mercy, grace, understanding and compassion to those in need. Job is considered one of the oldest books in the Bible and that Job was a contemporary of Abraham. Moreover, the book of Job is thought by many to be the oldest book in the world, and deals with its most difficult question: "Why do the righteous suffer?" The book of Job shows that even though we might not know the reasons why, we can still trust in the Lord, and that He will always love those who belong to Him through faith alone, and that we can only come to God through faith.
Job is accused by his friends of being impatient. Job is accused by his friends that secretly he has carried out some injustice. Job's friends accuse him of being self-righteous. Eliphaz one of Job's friends shows the difference between the wicked and righteous. Eliphas speaks of the fall of the wicked. Eliphaz speaks of God's power to destroy the wicked and deliver the righteous. Job answers his friends and explains that his pain and suffering is more grievous than his fault deserves. Job wishes he was dead. Job complains of the uselessness of his friends who attack rather than comfort him.
4:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said: 4:2 "If one attempts a word with you, will you become weary? But who can withhold himself from speaking? 4:3 Surely you have instructed many, And you have strengthened weak hands. 4:4 Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, And you have strengthened the feeble knees; 4:5 But now it comes upon you, and you are weary; It touches you, and you are troubled. 4:6 Is not your reverence your confidence? And the integrity of your ways your hope? 4:7 "Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright ever cut off? 4:8 Even as I have seen, Those who plow iniquity And sow trouble reap the same. 4:9 By the blast of God they perish, And by the breath of His anger they are consumed. 4:10 The roaring of the lion, The voice of the fierce lion, And the teeth of the young lions are broken. 4:11 The old lion perishes for lack of prey, And the cubs of the lioness are scattered. 4:12 "Now a word was secretly brought to me, And my ear received a whisper of it. 4:13 In disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men, 4:14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, Which made all my bones shake. 4:15 Then a spirit passed before my face; The hair on my body stood up. 4:16 It stood still, But I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; There was silence; Then I heard a voice saying: 4:17 'Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his Maker? 4:18 If He puts no trust in His servants, If He charges His angels with error, 4:19 How much more those who dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, Who are crushed before a moth? 4:20 They are broken in pieces from morning till evening; They perish forever, with no one regarding. 4:21 Does not their own excellence go away? They die, even without wisdom.'
5:1 "Call out now; Is there anyone who will answer you? And to which of the holy ones will you turn? 5:2 For wrath kills a foolish man, And envy slays a simple one. 5:3 I have seen the foolish taking root, But suddenly I cursed his dwelling place. 5:4 His sons are far from safety, They are crushed in the gate, And there is no deliverer. 5:5 Because the hungry eat up his harvest, Taking it even from the thorns, And a snare snatches their substance. 5:6 For affliction does not come from the dust, Nor does trouble spring from the ground; 5:7 Yet man is born to trouble, As the sparks fly upward. 5:8 "But as for me, I would seek God, And to God I would commit my cause 5:9 Who does great things, and unsearchable, Marvelous things without number. 5:10 He gives rain on the earth, And sends waters on the fields. 5:11 He sets on high those who are lowly, And those who mourn are lifted to safety. 5:12 He frustrates the devices of the crafty, So that their hands cannot carry out their plans. 5:13 He catches the wise in their own craftiness, And the counsel of the cunning comes quickly upon them. 5:14 They meet with darkness in the daytime, And grope at noontime as in the night. 5:15 But He saves the needy from the sword, From the mouth of the mighty, And from their hand. 5:16 So the poor have hope, And injustice shuts her mouth. 5:17 "Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty. 5:18 For He bruises, but He binds up; He wounds, but His hands make whole. 5:19 He shall deliver you in six troubles, Yes, in seven no evil shall touch you. 5:20 In famine He shall redeem you from death, And in war from the power of the sword. 5:21 You shall be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, And you shall not be afraid of destruction when it comes. 5:22 You shall laugh at destruction and famine, And you shall not be afraid of the beasts of the earth. 5:23 For you shall have a covenant with the stones of the field, And the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you. 5:24 You shall know that your tent is in peace; You shall visit your dwelling and find nothing amiss. 5:25 You shall also know that your descendants shall be many, And your offspring like the grass of the earth. 5:26 You shall come to the grave at a full age, As a sheaf of grain ripens in its season. 5:27 Behold, this we have searched out; It is true. Hear it, and know for yourself."
6:1 Then Job answered and said: 6:2 "Oh, that my grief were fully weighed, And my calamity laid with it on the scales 6:3 For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea-Therefore my words have been rash. 6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me; My spirit drinks in their poison; The terrors of God are arrayed against me. 6:5 Does the wild donkey bray when it has grass, Or does the ox low over its fodder? 6:6 Can flavorless food be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?