Monday, October 14, 2013

Job 14:1-16:22 (15:1-17:16)


Once again the Blue Letter Bible one-year canonical reading plan breaks in the middle of a speech so I am going on to the end of Job 17 which is also the end of Job's reply to Eliphaz. I will continue to use the Blue Letter Bible plans daily portions as the title for these posts but will note the actual passage I deal with in parentheses.

Chapter 15 takes us back to the top of the batting order as Eliphaz the Temanite addresses Job. Eliphaz insists that Job is not wise. In fact he's full of hot air (15:2)/ Eliphaz appeals to the common wisdom of past ages and asserts that all humans, in fact all things "not-God," are impure. The unjust are punished.

Against Eliphaz's theological assertion, Job insists that he is pure. God has abused him without cause. Still, Job seems to hope for vindication (16:19-20). His speech (16:18) invokes the story of Abel whose blood cried to God from the ground (Genesis 4:11). In chapter 17 Job laments his condition and his mortality.

Next: Job 17-20 (18-20)

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