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Job 24-26

Supplemental notes for the Daily Bible Study Bible Reading Plan

by Wayne Blank

Job Chapter 24

Job's complaint centered around the truth that life isn't fair. Bad things happen to good people. Evil is yet allowed to exist (see the fact Finder question below to understand why The Lord permits it, for now).

Evil In The World

"Why are not times of judgment kept by the Almighty, and why do those who know Him never see His days? Men remove Landmarks; they seize flocks and pasture them. They drive away the ass of the fatherless; they take the widow's ox for a pledge. They thrust the poor off the road; the poor of the earth all hide themselves. Behold, like wild asses in the desert they go forth to their toil, seeking prey in the wilderness as food for their children. They gather their fodder in the field and they glean the vineyard of the wicked man. They lie all night naked, without clothing, and have no covering in the cold. They are wet with the rain of the mountains, and cling to the rock for want of shelter. There are those who snatch the fatherless child from the breast, and take in pledge the infant of the poor. They go about naked, without clothing; hungry, they carry the sheaves; among the olive rows of the wicked they make oil; they tread the wine presses, but suffer thirst. From out of the city the dying groan, and the soul [see Where Is Your Soul?; also Giving Up The Ghost] of the wounded cries for help; yet God pays no attention to their prayer.

There are those who rebel against the light [see The Light Of Life], who are not acquainted with its ways, and do not stay in its paths. The murderer rises in the dark, that he may kill [see Thou shalt not kill] the poor and needy; and in the night he is as a thief [see Thou shalt not steal]. The eye of the adulterer [see Thou shalt not commit adultery] also waits for the twilight, saying, 'No eye will see me'; and he disguises his face. In the dark they dig through houses; by day they shut themselves up; they do not know the light. For deep darkness is morning to all of them; for they are friends with the terrors of deep darkness [see Chains Of Darkness].

You say, "They are swiftly carried away upon the face of the waters; their portion is cursed in the land; no treader turns toward their vineyards. Drought and heat snatch away the snow waters; so does Sheol [see Sheol and Hades] those who have sinned. The squares of the town forget them; their name is no longer remembered; so wickedness is broken like a tree.' They feed on the barren childless woman, and do no good to the widow. Yet God prolongs the life of the mighty by His power; they rise up when they despair of life. He gives them security, and they are supported; and His eyes are upon their ways. They are exalted a little while, and then are gone; they wither and fade like the mallow; they are cut off like the heads of grain. If it is not so, who will prove me a liar, and show that there is nothing in what I say?" (Job 24:1-25 RSV)

Job Chapter 25

Bildad's final remark:

"Then Bildad the Shuhite answered: "Dominion and fear are with God; he makes peace in his high heaven [see How High Is Heaven?]. Is there any number to His armies? Upon whom does His light not arise? How then can man be righteous before God? How can he who is born of woman be clean? Behold, even the moon is not bright and the stars are not clean in His sight; how much less man, who is a maggot, and the son of man, who is a worm!" (Job 25:1-6 RSV)

Job Chapter 26

The people of ancient times seemed to have a "closer to nature" awareness of the earth, including that the earth was a globe, not flat i.e. "He has described a circle upon the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness" (Job 26:10 RSV).


"Then Job answered: "How you have helped him who has no power! How you have saved the arm that has no strength! How you have counseled him who has no wisdom, and plentifully declared sound knowledge! With whose help have you uttered words, and whose spirit has come forth from you?

The shades below tremble, the waters and their inhabitants. Sheol is naked before God [see Through The Gates Of Hell], and Abaddon has no covering. He stretches out the north over the void, and hangs the earth upon nothing. He binds up the waters in His thick clouds, and the cloud is not rent under them. He covers the face of the moon, and spreads over it his cloud. He has described a circle upon the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness. The pillars of heaven tremble, and are astounded at His rebuke. By His power he stilled the sea; by His understanding He smote Rahab. By His wind the heavens were made fair; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent [see also Dragons]. Lo, these are but the outskirts of His ways [see The First Scientist]; and how small a whisper do we hear of Him! But the thunder of His power who can understand?" (Job 26:1-14 RSV)

Fact Finder: Who still rules the world today? Why does God allow evil now?
See Who Still Rules The World Today? and Why Does God Allow Evil? Also Satan's Throne

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