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January 9th, Job 15-18: Eliphaz’s second response, Job’s rebuttal #4

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

When you argue something long enough and it seems like you’re not getting through, it makes sense to change tactics. Neither Job nor his friends seem intent on changing tactics, however…

Eliphaz’s second response relays what wise men have said—the wicked man will suffer in the end. On earth the wicked man may have a full face and bulging stomach, but what awaits him in Hell is eternal.

But for Job, that is not good enough, calling his friends “miserable comforters.” He won’t find a wise man amongst his friends, he’d rather God crush him into dust now and get the pain over with.

But Bildad’s second response hints at anger.

Job 18:2-3 says:
2 “When will you end these speeches?
Be sensible, and then we can talk.
3 Why are we regarded as cattle
and considered stupid in your sight?

Bildad goes onto repeat the message: The evil man’s fate will be the worst kind of suffering.

Questions: Have you ever argued something long enough for your friends to actually get angry? Do you remember what it was that sparked the argument in the first place?

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