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Job Thirteen

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

Job 13:1 Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and understood it.

Job 13:2 What ye know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior unto you.

Job 13:3 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.

Job 13:4 But ye are forgers of lies, ye are all physicians of no value.

Job 13:5 O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.

Job 13:6 Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips.

Job 13:7 Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?

Job 13:8 Will ye accept his person? will ye contend for God?

Job 13:9 Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock him?

Job 13:10 He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons.

reprove you. God eventually did severely reprove these three “physicians of no value” (Job 13:4) for their undeserved condemnation of their erstwhile friend Job. See Job 42:7-9.

Job 13:11 Shall not his excellency make you afraid? and his dread fall upon you?

Job 13:12 Your remembrances are like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay.

Job 13:13 Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will.

Job 13:14 Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand?

Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

slay me. Although Job longs to understand why God is allowing him to suffer so, yet he will still retain his faith, even unto death.

Job 13:16 He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.

my salvation. Job recognizes that salvation comes only through trust in God, not man.

Job 13:17 Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears.

Job 13:18 Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.

Job 13:19 Who is he that will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost.

Job 13:20 Only do not two things unto me: then will I not hide myself from thee.

Job 13:21 Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid.

Job 13:22 Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me.

Job 13:23 How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.

know my transgression. Again Job pleads for his “friends” to identify the sins of which they accuse him. He would gladly repent if he knew.

Job 13:24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy?

Job 13:25 Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?

Job 13:26 For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth.

Job 13:27 Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.

Job 13:28 And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth eaten.