We’re on a roll here now – does everyone see the pattern? It’s gonna continue for a few more chapters. Job’s ‘friends’ take turns rubbing salt in his wounds, then Job defends himself, then he bemoans his fate and vents his anger at god. Over and over. Even the SAB has little commentary about these chapters except the ‘boredom’ icon and lots of zzzzz.
Job continues to wallow in his misery.
Bildad reiterates his claim that bad things happen because people are wicked.
Job tells his friends off again. “How long will you torture me? How long will you try to crush me with your words? You have already insulted me ten times. You should be ashamed of treating me so badly. Even if I have sinned, that is my concern, not yours. You think you’re better than I am, using my humiliation as evidence of my sin. But it is God who has wronged me” (v 2-6). Then more ranting against god, and more self-pity. But then, unbelievably, he concludes with this: “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God!” OK Job, if you still believe that after all you’ve been through, more fool you! And more fool the lyricist who plucked this one verse out of this horrible book to use in Handel’s Messiah.
Back to Zophar. You know his argument, but there are some lovely phrases here, like that a wicked person “shall perish for ever like his own dung” (v 6-7). This is another example of the OT view that death is final. The whole ‘heaven and hell’ concept hasn’t really shown up yet; it figures mostly in the NT, esp Revelation. And how about this? “the food in their bellies turns sour, a poisonous venom in their stomach. They will vomit the wealth they swallowed.” (v 14-15) Such lovely images. The bible has great bed-time stories for kids.