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Job has heard two points of the sermon from his friends: Man is sinful (Eliphaz), and God is just (Bildad). Zophar, the youngest of Job’s three friends, now finishes the sermon with the third point. God punishes sin, but He gives us less punishment than we deserve. Zophar is very direct and cutting in his accusations, perhaps because he has already heard his two friends speak, and he has also heard Job’s bitter comments directed to them and to God. Things are either black or white to Zophar. He assumes that Job is suffering because of his sin, and he doesn’t like Job’s attitude and thinks he is a disrespectful, complaining old man.
Zophar could be characterized as a man full of worldly wisdom and common sense. He accuses Job of lying and hypocrisy, and can hardly wait for God to give him what he deserves (vv. 1-6). Job has been insisting that God has been too harsh with him, but Zophar feels that God has been too easy on him. This is a profound statement that Zophar makes (vv. 7-10). No man can discover God; God is revealed. The only way you can know about God is what He is pleased to reveal of Himself to us.
Zophar explained quite accurately that God knows and sees everything. When I’m tempted to think “No one will ever know,” I need to remember that I can do nothing without God knowing about it.
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Job 8:1-22The First Speech of Bildad
Job 9:1-20Job’s Answer to Bildad
Job 9:21-35Job’s Despair
Job 10:1-22Job Complains to God
Job 11:1-20The First Speech of Zophar
Job 12:1-25Job Replies to His Three Friends
Job 13:1-16Job Takes His Case to God
Job 13:17-28Job is Asking For a Showdown With God
Job 14:1-15Job Speaks to God About Death
Job 14:16-22Job Asks if Humans Will Live Again