Job repented of accusing God for being unjust; and God restored everything he had lost, plus some. As part of our recovery from failure, we would do well to pray for those who have tormented or doubted us during our grief. But if our difficulties are not a punishment from God, then changing our ways would be foolish. Study Job using Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. Job regards his success to be the result of God’s blessing. Virtually any reader should be able to pick up this volume and work their way through it with little difficulty. While in seminary, she may miss an opportunity to serve God as a teacher. 3. How foolish to think we know the reason for anyone else’s suffering. Did his suffering open his heart to others’ suffering? Job Job 12 Commentary. Former friends speak cautiously if they must be around us, lowering their voices as though hoping that no one might find them near us. Then we imagine we can help our friend eliminate the cause and get back to normal as soon as possible. In Job, the Hebrew term ha-satan (“the accuser”) seems to be used as a title referring to the function performed by of one of the “heavenly beings” in God’s retinue (Job 1:6), rather than a personal name for the devil. Even though we still don’t have a complete understanding of why, the same is true for us. Job’s faith in God is put to the extreme test, and the story intimates that Job’s commitment to God wanes. What does job loss or failure tell us about God’s assessment of our work? These are merely a few work-related examples. The poorest have no opportunity to earn a living and are reduced to scavenging and even stealing from the rich to feed their families (Job 24:5-8). There is much of practical value here. Category: Articles. Job’s wisdom is not about how to minimize adversity by maintaining wise boundaries, but about what it looks like to maintain faithfulness through the worst circumstances of life. At the beginning of the Book of Job we are introduced to an exceptionally prosperous farmer/rancher named Job. “And now they mock me in song” (Job 30:9). Along the way the friends encourage Job to return to God. In those situations, we have only three choices: make up a plausible, but false explanation about how God allowed it to happen, as Job’s friends do; abandon God; or remain faithful to God without receiving an answer. We may question our identity and doubt our worth. Job proves faithful to God in prosperity and in adversity. “You have given no water to the weary to drink, and you have withheld bread from the hungry” (Job 22:8). 4. Bible Study Guide . However, some of the commentaries in the series are so good that it is worth the effort to deal with the poor editorial decisions of the publisher. For example, Eliphaz’s last speech concentrates on putting God above reproach. There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil” (Job 1:8). Job 31:13-15   “If I have rejected the cause of my male or female slaves, when they brought a complaint against me, what then shall I do when God rises up? Given Job’s previous recognition that “I don’t know” is often the wisest answer, his humble response is not surprising. They are hell-bent (literally, given Satan’s role) on defending God by placing the blame on Job. Therefore, Job was in no shape, form, or fashion in a place to accuse God like he did. As humans we tend to think we know a little bit of everything. In their eagerness to protect God from Job’s protestations, they increase their attacks on Job. Jesus himself pointed out that disaster is not necessarily a sign of God’s judgment (Luke 13:4). In the book’s first cycle, Job’s friends’ speeches were halted by the revelation of God’s wisdom. Job chooses to remain faithful to God. Or, better yet from the accuser’s point of view, he will become bitter at God for his undeserved punishment, and abandon God altogether. Job’s friends’ devastating error is to apply a generalization to Job’s situation, without knowing what they’re talking about. God honored Job’s struggles, his honesty, and his prayer. “He does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number” (Job 5:9). Given his boast, and remembering that the more confidently Job’s friends spoke against him, the more inaccurate their accusations became, we should not expect much wisdom from Elihu. Job’s act of praying on their behalf reminds us of the first chapter where Job prays for his children’s protection. We need God’s guidance far beyond the realm of things we commonly think of as “spiritual.” When a teacher tries to discern how a student learns, when a leader tries to communicate clearly, when a jury tries to determine a defendant’s intent, when an analyst tries to assess a project’s risks, all need God’s wisdom. “Can a mortal be of use to God? “God prolongs the life of the mighty by his power; they rise up when they despair of life. Yet our wisdom comes only from God, so we cannot outsmart God with wisdom of our own.