Someone has calculated how a typical life span of 70 years is spent. Here is the estimate: Sleep 23 YearsWork16 Years TV8 Years Eating6 YearsTravel6 YearsLeisure4.5 YearsIllness4 YearsDressing2 Years Religon0.5 YearsTOTAL70 Years &n … More
When people suffer so much that their “spirit is broken” they often lose their “fight’ and want life to end (vv. 1-2). It seems this may have been the way Job felt as he sensed that death may be very near. His friends were against him and would not go to court or “post bond” for him (vv. 3-5). People treated him as if he were the scum of the earth (v. 6). His body looked like a shadow of what it had been (v. 7). Job believed that the upright would be so appalled by this that they would go against the godless (v. 8). Even if all was not as it might have been, the righteous should hold on to “his way” because he would grow stronger and stronger for having done so (v. 9).
I must never evaluate life only in terms of this present world, because God promises a never ending, wonderful future for me, if I am faithful to Him.
"My spirit is broken; my days are extinct; the graveyard is ready for me. Surely there are mockers about me, and my eye dwells on their provocation. "Lay down a pledge for me with yourself; who is there who will put up security for me? Since you have closed their hearts to understanding, therefore you will not let them triumph. He who informs against his friends to get a share of their property-- the eyes of his children will fail. "He has made me a byword of the peoples, and I am one before whom men spit. My eye has grown dim from vexation, and all my members are like a shadow. The upright are appalled at this, and the innocent stirs himself up against the godless. Yet the righteous holds to his way, and he who has clean hands grows stronger and stronger. But you, come on again, all of you, and I shall not find a wise man among you. My days are past; my plans are broken off, the desires of my heart. They make night into day: 'The light,' they say, 'is near to the darkness.' If I hope for Sheol as my house, if I make my bed in darkness, if I say to the pit, 'You are my father,' and to the worm, 'My mother,' or 'My sister,' where then is my hope? Who will see my hope? Will it go down to the bars of Sheol? Shall we descend together into the dust?"
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Job 14:1-15Job Speaks to God About Death
Job 14:16-22Job Asks if Humans Will Live Again
Job 15:1-16Eliphaz Gives a Second Speech
Job 15:17-35Eliphaz Tells Job to Listen to His Great Wisdom
Job 16:1-22Job’s Second Reply to Eliphaz
Job 17:1-16Job Complains to God
Job 18:1-21The Second Speech of Bildad
Job 19:1-18Job’s Reply to Bildad
Job 19:19-29Job Had a Certainty of Seeing God
Job 20:1-29Zophar’s Second Speech