Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Job 31 - with photos

                                                Job defends his life before God
Chapter 31 storyline: Job, lying on the city rubbish dump, finds himself suffering so badly that he questions God's justice. He thinks about about his righteous service and can find no reason why God is punishing him so grievously. The reader knows that God is not punishing Job, but using him as His champion to bring the evil accusations of the Devil to nothing - but Job is not allowed to know this.  He is being taught to believe in the dark.

Job says:

16“If I have denied the desires of the poor
or let the eyes of the widow grow weary,
17if I have kept my bread to myself,
not sharing it with the fatherless—

18but from my youth I reared them as a father would,
and from my birth I guided the widow—

19if I have seen anyone perishing for lack of clothing,
or the needy without garments,
20and their hearts did not bless me
for warming them with the fleece from my sheep

24“If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’
25if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained,

26if I have regarded the sun in its radiance
or the moon moving in splendour,

27so that my heart was secretly enticed
and my hand offered them a kiss of homage


28then these also would be sins to be judged,
for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.

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