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Job 38

1 - Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind,
2 - "Who is this who darkens counselby words without knowledge?
3 - Brace yourself like a man,for I will question you, then you answer me!
4 - "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?Declare, if you have understanding.
5 - Who determined its measures, if you know?Or who stretched the line on it?
6 - Whereupon were its foundations fastened?Or who laid its cornerstone,
7 - when the morning stars sang together,and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 - "Or who shut up the sea with doors,when it broke out of the womb,
9 - when I made clouds its garment,and wrapped it in thick darkness,
10 - marked out for it my bound,set bars and doors,
11 - and said, 'Here you may come, but no further.Here your proud waves shall be stayed?'
12 - "Have you commanded the morning in your days,and caused the dawn to know its place;
13 - that it might take hold of the ends of the earth,and shake the wicked out of it?
14 - It is changed as clay under the seal,and presented as a garment.
15 - From the wicked, their light is withheld.The high arm is broken.
16 - "Have you entered into the springs of the sea?Or have you walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 - Have the gates of death been revealed to you?Or have you seen the gates of the shadow of death?
18 - Have you comprehended the earth in its width?Declare, if you know it all.
19 - "What is the way to the dwelling of light?As for darkness, where is its place,
20 - that you should take it to its bound,that you should discern the paths to its house?
21 - Surely you know, for you were born then,and the number of your days is great!
22 - Have you entered the treasuries of the snow,or have you seen the treasures of the hail,
23 - which I have reserved against the time of trouble,against the day of battle and war?
24 - By what way is the lightning distributed,or the east wind scattered on the earth?
25 - Who has cut a channel for the flood water,or the path for the thunderstorm;
26 - To cause it to rain on a land where no man is;on the wilderness, in which there is no man;
27 - to satisfy the waste and desolate ground,to cause the tender grass to grow?
28 - Does the rain have a father?Or who fathers the drops of dew?
29 - Out of whose womb came the ice?The gray frost of the sky, who has given birth to it?
30 - The waters become hard like stone,when the surface of the deep is frozen.
31 - "Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,or loosen the cords of Orion?
32 - Can you lead the constellations out in their season?Or can you guide the Bear with her cubs?
33 - Do you know the laws of the heavens?Can you establish its dominion over the earth?
34 - "Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,That abundance of waters may cover you?
35 - Can you send out lightnings, that they may go?Do they report to you, 'Here we are?'
36 - Who has put wisdom in the inward parts?Or who has given understanding to the mind?
37 - Who can count the clouds by wisdom?Or who can pour out the bottles of the sky,
38 - when the dust runs into a mass,and the clods of earth stick together?
39 - "Can you hunt the prey for the lioness,or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40 - when they crouch in their dens,and lie in wait in the thicket?
41 - Who provides for the raven his prey,when his young ones cry to God,and wander for lack of food?
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The Book of Job

Job 1:9-11 - Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

Job 2:9-10 - Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

Job 19:25-27 - For I know [that] my redeemer liveth, and [that] he shall stand at the latter [day] upon the earth: And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy this [body], yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; [though] my reins be consumed within me.

Job 38:31-33 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?

The Old Testament - A Brief Overview

Bible Survey - Job
Hebrew Name - Iyov "object of enmity" (meaning uncertain)
Greek Name - Iob (Greek form of the Hebrew)
Author - Job (According to Tradition)
Date - 2180 BC Approximately
Theme - Trusting the Lord in the midst of evil and suffering
Types and Shadows - In Job Jesus is the ever-living redeemer

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Summary of The Book of Job

The Book of Job is the first of the five books of Hebrew poetry, and is also been classified with the wisdom literature of the Bible. Regardless of its classification the book of Job has been known to be one of the greatest literary writings in all of history. Except for a few chapters it has a very formal style of Hebrew poetry, and the beauty of the book is not in meter or rhyme, but in the use of parallelisms, repetition, and contrast.

The book of Job takes place in an area called in the Bible "the land of Uz" (Job 1:1), which is believed to have been the area southeast of Israel on the Arabian border. There is no way to identify this area precisely, and for that reason people from all the world wonder at the book of Job. Ancient tradition identifies Moses as the author of the book of Job, having traveled through the wilderness of Midian (Exodus 2:15) near the area that was believed to be Uz.

The man Job is a biblical patriarch who is well-known for his integrity and his devotion to God, he had great wealth and much happiness in life. The time came to prove Job's loyalty to God and he was deprived of all of his blessings. The book of Job was written like a historical poem, but was treated as an actual event in the Bible. The difficulty in the book of Job is over the nature and the cause of his afflictions, it touches on the philosophical discussion about the problem of evil, and human suffering which is a classic problem that has yet to be given a classic answer. The book of Job teaches that God's people should not envy the prosperity of the wicked, nor try to answer the question God as to why this happens and why the righteous are afflicted at times. There is no perfect solution to the problem of evil in the book of Job, and the obvious conclusion is that it is impossible for finite man to fathom the secrets of an infinite God. Job's miserable comforters (friends) were limited in their understanding of the suffering of man and how affliction enters into it. Job does not give a reason for his misery but he remained faithful to God and clearly denied that it was because of his sins against the Lord. The book of Job gives a good prologue that informs the reader of Job's faithfulness to God in the midst of affliction, and God's pleasure in Job for his faith and trust.

The big lesson to be learned from the Book of Job is that man does not know the reason for the things going on in his life, but he should trust the Lord at all times. Man can never plumbed the depths of God, and how God deals with each man and all men, therefore man is encourage to look steadfastly at the Lord, trust him and be devoted to him because God is loving and merciful and all of his purposes are part of his ultimate plan which no one can understand.

The events in the Book of Job may be summarized as follows :

Outline of the Book of Job

Job 1-2 forms a prologue in prose to the debates, giving a picture of Job's prosperity, the "wager" between God and Satan, and the resultant affliction which was Job's. Job 3-31 contain three series of speeches between Job and his companions, in which he defends himself against their assertion that he is being punished for some secret sin which is known only to God. Elihu's speech, recorded in Job 32-37, points out that there is a hidden purpose in God's discipline of Job. Job 38-41 contain the statements of God to the participants in the discussion; these witness to the futility of man's trying to comprehend the actions of God. Job 42 records the restoration of Job's lost blessings.

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The book of Job. Job is the name of the principal character in this book and the title is the same in Hebrew as it is in English. It is uncertain exactly when the book was written and who wrote it. It is interesting that the name of Yahweh appears over and over in the book of Job, and his name was unknown prior to the time of Moses (Exodus 6:2-3). The name of the Egypt is used in poetic form a couple times (Job 9:12-13, Job 26:12-13) and when it is used this way there is implications that the author of the book new about the exodus from Egypt. The big question in the book of Job is why do the righteous suffer? But this is not actually the main question in the book, the big question is seen in Job 1:9-11..."Why does Job remain faithful to God?"

The book goes on with the story about God and Satan arguing over Jobs reasons for obeying God and Job has various catastrophes which causes him to lose everything in order to test him of his faithfulness as to whether or not Job is serving God because of His wealth and God"s blessings of prosperity. There are also jobs friends who make a case against Job siding with what Satan was accusing Job of, their point of view was the Job was only serving God because of his wealth and prosperity. Job continually refutes them.

Joe desired to know the reason for his suffering and God remains silent concerning this. Instead the Lord asks Job questions that are too difficult for Job to answer, and God's point is that there are many things that Job will experience and mankind experiences in life that do not have a clear explanation, and it is more wise to not question God's wisdom. Gervis situation was no different than what is common to man.

Outline of the book of Job.
The beginning prologue Job 1:1-2:13.
Dialogs and debates 3:1-27:23.
Job's complaint 3:1-26
The first debate: 1-14:22
The second debate 15:1-21:34
The third debate 22:1-27:23
What is wisdom 28:1-28
The speeches 29:1-42:6
Job's speech 29:1-31:40
Elihu's speech 32:1-37:24
Yahweh's speech 38:1-42:6

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Free Bible Online - Picture Study Bible, King James Version. New York: American Bible Society:, 1995-2013. Bible History Picture Study Bible. Jul 17, 2024.

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