Job 19

Job’s Reply to Bildad   (19:1-29)

Job lamented the treatment he had to endure from his counselors (19:1-2). They were heartless and did not hesitate to attack and look down upon Job (19:3). They had involved themselves in a matter that was between Job and God (19:4-6).

Job further lamented his mistreatment at the hand’s of God. He said God would not listen to him (19:7), restricted his travel (19:8), stripped him of honor (19:9), uprooted his hope (19:10), and treated him as an enemy (19:11-12).

Job felt utterly forsaken by his family, friends, and servants. He felt that no one cared for him. He had become a loathsome sight to both children and acquaintances. He had become a topic of discussion. He even felt abandoned by God. In the light of such terrible misfortune, Job asked his friends why they could not be more understanding, sympathetic, and compassionate.

In spite of the fact that he felt completely forsaken by all who were dear to him, Job maintained his innocence. He wished that the testimony of his innocence could be permanently inscribed on a rock for all to read.

Job believed that if he died without being vindicated, the day would come when God Himself would stand to declare him innocent. Job soared from the depths of despair to the heights of hope. He spoke with great conviction regarding his belief that God Himself would step in as his kinsman redeemer and legally clear him of all charges. “God will have the final word,” declared Job.

Job warned his counselors to beware of God’s punishment for their heartless treatment of him, a victim of gross misfortune.

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