|Job 13 |
1 [Job still speaking] "Lo, my [spiritual] eye has seen all this, my [spiritual] ear has heard and understood it.
2 What you know, the same I also know; I am not inferior to you.
3 Surely I wish to speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.
4 But you are forgers of lies, you are all physicians of no value.
5 O that you would altogether hold your peace! To do so would be your wisdom.
6 Hear now my reasoning, and listen to the pleadings of my lips.
7 Will you speak wickedly for God? And talk in error for him?
8 Will you show partiality for others in his place? Will you make arguments in place of God?
9 Will it be well for you if he should search you out? Or as one man mocks another, are you mocking him?1
10 He will surely reprove you, if you secretly show partiality to people.
11 Shall not his excellence make you afraid? And shall not his dread fall upon you?
12 Your memorable sayings are like ashes, your defenses are defenses of clay.
13 Hold your peace, leave me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what may.
14 Therefore should I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in my hand?
15 Though he slays me, yet will I trust in him; but I will defend my own ways before him.
16 This shall be my salvation for a hypocrite will not come before him.
17 Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears.
18 Behold now, I have prepared my case; I know that I shall be justified.
19 Who is he who will plead with me? For now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.
20 Only do not do two things to me; then will I not hide myself from you:
21 Do not withdraw your hand far from me; or let your dread make me afraid.
22 Then call, and I will answer; or let me speak, and you answer me.
23 How many are my iniquities and sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin.
24 Why O God do hide your face, and hold me for your enemy?
25 Will you break a leaf driven to and fro? Will you pursue the dry stubble?
26 For you write bitter things against me, and make me possess the iniquities of my youth.2
27 You put my feet also in the stocks, and look narrowly at all my paths; you set a limit upon the soles of my feet.
28 And I, like a rotten thing, am consumed, like a garment that is moth eaten."
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1 But you are forgers of lies, you are all physicians of no value.
O that you would altogether shut your mouths! To do so would be your wisdom.
Hear now my reasoning, and listen to the pleadings of my lips.
Will you speak wickedly for God? And talk in error for him?
Will you show partiality for others in his place? Will you make arguments in place of God?
Will it be well for you if he should search you out? Or as one man mocks another, are you mocking him?
Mark! This is an exact description of preachers and teachers who do not speak words as prompted by the Spirit of God. They speak in error for him. They speak with evil words from their carnal minds, and the evil imaginations of their hearts. They claim to be speaking for God as his representative. They are physicians of no value. They are the forgers of lies. They make arguments in place of God. It would be good if they shut their mouths permanently and refused to speak another word about God until they were trained, perfected, gifted, and authorized the privilege from the Holy Spirit of God. Yes, when Christendom's preachers and teachers speak from their carnal minds, they are mocking God.
2 You [God]...make me possess the iniquities of my youth. It is the demons who are torturing Job, not God; but it has been done with God's permission. Job speaks of the desires of his youth, his lusts for pleasures, his lust of the flesh, his lust for things, his pride of youth, being brought up as reminders of past failures — which is a standard ploy of the devil. Job was a perfect man and now the devil is accusing him in visions and replays of his youthful mistakes — and sometimes it feels like you are failing all over again.
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