Job 29-31

Chapter 29

Job reminisces about his former happy life, and he’s got quite an ego – he boasts like he’s campaigning for sainthood. “All who heard me praised me. All who saw me spoke well of me. For I assisted the poor in their need and the orphans who required help.” (v 11-12)

Chapter 30

Job laments how he has now been humbled (v 15-16) and forsaken (v 21-21). I guess god still hasn’t answered his questions from back in chapter 13.

job-31-4Chapter 31

Job’s final plea: “Let God weigh me on the scales of justice, for he knows my integrity.” (v 6) Verses 9 and 10 are interesting if you compare translations. In the JKV: “If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour’s door; Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.” Is the word ‘grind’ a crude sexual innuendo? Here’s the NLT of v 10: “then let my wife serve another man; let other men sleep with her.” And the NIV: “then may my wife grind another man’s grain, and may other men sleep with her.” The modern translation make it clear that the verses pertain to sexual activity.

Job carries on for 30 more verses; then he rests his case. So much misery, and yet believers still manage to find inspiration in the occasional verse – and then quote it for all it’s worth.

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