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This chapter centers around a debate between Job and Zophar concerning prosperity. After appealing for their understanding and sympathy Job refutes Zophar’s idea that evil people never experience wealth and happiness (vv. 1-6). But first, he says, “If you really want to console me, just keep quiet and listen” (vv. 1-2). Now he turns his full attention to Zophar (v. 3). Job’s condition was so pathetic that men were shocked (vv. 4-5). As he contemplated about what he was going to say it stirred him to the depths (v. 6). I really think it would have better if he had not tried to answer Zophar’s brutal accusation, but he tells them that he is growing weary of their false charges. Still troubled by what he believed to be injustice in his own case, Job raised the issue of the prosperity of the wicked (vv. 7-16). The wicked had rejected God and refused to practice His ways (v. 14) yet they have security on every side. Their children and homes are safe (vv. 8-9.11-12), their business prospers (v. 10), and they have long lives in which to enjoy their prosperity (v. 13). (v. 16). Job could not understand this.
What is important is how I view God in prosperity or poverty, not the prosperity or poverty itself.
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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
Job 21:1-34Job Says God Will Deal With The Wicked
Job 22:1-30Eliphaz Accuses And Exhorts Job
Job 23:1-17Job Says He Longs For God
Job 24:1-25Job Says God Seems to Ignore Wrong Doing