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2018 April 4
Gilles (or "Pierrot") - (1718-1720)
Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721)
Musee du Louvre, Paris, France Image Source: Wikimedia
[ Illustration: Like Job, the clown ("fool") in today's painting feels a sense of isolation, though moments before he had been able to share in the enjoyment of those in the background who are still in good spirits. In a similar but harsher way, the severity of Zophar's words would have heightened Job's sense of isolation from his friends -- isolation of which Job had complained several times in the preceding chapters. ]
[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]
Explanation: Job 11 contains Zophar's accusations that Job was an immoral fool.
Zophar was the third of Job's friends to reply against Job. His accusations are of two sorts: Job is a fool; and Job is wicked. The previous two friends who spoke to Job, Eliphaz and Bildad, reasoned by analogy to make their points, offering typical examples of the kinds of things which happen to sinners who commit various kinds of sins. Zophar does little of that. Instead, he makes accusations without evidence. In terms of logic, he begs the question (1).
Zophar begins by saying that Job is full of talk and is a liar and a mocker. He wishes that God would speak and teach Job wisdom and show Job how impure is his doctrine and how unclean he is. Job would then know that God has punished him far less than his iniquity deserves (2-6).
Zophar then notes that Job cannot understand God to perfection. Such knowledge is higher than heaven, deeper than hell, longer than the earth, and broader than the sea (7-9).
Furthermore, says Zophar, God is irresistibly strong; he cuts off, shuts up, or gathers together, and no one can hinder him. And he is wise. He knows who is vain. He knows who is wicked (10-11).
Vainly man tries to be wise although he is born like a wild donkey's colt (isolated from wisdom as the colt is from civilization; or as isolated from wisdom as is a beast). [The ESV translates this verse in the following, striking manner: "But a stupid man will get understanding when a wild donkey's colt is born a man!"]. The import of Zophar's metaphor is that man does not have the capacity for wisdom (12).
However, says Zophar, if Job would appeal to God and put away his iniquity and wickedness, he would then be able to be confident, steadfast, and unafraid. He would forget his misery, live his latter years in light -- securely, hopefully, and restfully. He would be unafraid; and many would court his favor. But the eyes of the wicked will fail; they will not escape; and their hope will perish (13-20).
[ Sermons: Brian Borgman. Various. ]
Bile Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation
[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].
[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]
[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]
PLEASE NOTE: Use the resources on this and other sites thoughtfully, particularly the commentaries and encyclopedias. I have attempted to list conservative, scholarly resources. However, some providers use liberal or liberal-influenced commentaries such as the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (in Bible Hub). Such commentaries are undoubtedly included by the provider for the wealth of useful information and comments which they provide. By consulting several commentaries, it should be fairly easy to sort out the wheat from the chaff. If, however, you would like personal assistance, write to me at AD LIB ARTS EMAIL.
[ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Job 11: Job 12; Job 13; Job 14].
 Job 9:32.
 Job 11:3; Job 32:1; Job 10:15; Job 9:30.
 Job 4:15; Job 9:11; Job 9:11-12; Job 10:17; Job 9:12.
 Job 11:11.
 Psalm 139:9; Malachi 4:2.
 Joshua 2:2; Job 39:29.
-- From Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers ]
[ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]
[ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]
[ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
[ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]
HARMONY OF THE LAW
Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible
Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)
HEBREW AND GREEK INTERLINEAR BIBLES
Job Detailed Outline
The Book of Job
(THE JUSTICE AND THE WISDOM OF THE COVENANT GOD)
2085 B.C., Uz
The wisdom and blessing of exercising faith during undeserved suffering
Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.
1. The Affliction of Job (Job 1:1 - Job 2:10)
2. The Second Affliction (Job 2:1 - Job 2:10)
(His health is destroyed)
2. The Debate About Job's Affliction (Job 2:11 - Job 37:24)
A. The 3 Debaters: Their Week of Silence(Job 2:11 - Job 2:13)
(Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, Zophar the Naamathite)
B. The Debate (Job 3:1 - Job 37:24)
1. The 3 Rounds of Accusations and Answers (Job 3:1 - Job 31:40)
[They try to accuse Job by comparing his condition to various judgments brought
on various kinds of evil men. They speak in poetical metaphors.]
a. Round 1 (Job 3:1 - Job 14:22)
1). Job Speaks His Lament (Job 3:1 - Job 3:26)
(I long for death.)
2). Eliphaz Replies (Job 4:1 - Job 5:27)
(Accept God's correction.)
3). Job Replies to Eliphaz (Job 6:1 - Job 7:27)
(I need your pity, not your accusations.)
4). Bildad Replies to Job (Job 8:1 - Job 8:22)
(Repentance will restore your fortunes.)
5). Job Replies to Bildad (Job 9:1 - Job 10:22)
(God will not listen to me in spite of my innocence.)
6). Zophar Replies to Job (Job 11:1 - Job 11:20)
(Repentance will deliver you from shame.)
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