Daily Devotional Sunday 22nd August 2021

by William Moody

Job 6

Job Replies: My Complaint Is Just

6:1 Then Job answered and said:

  “Oh that my vexation were weighed,
    and all my calamity laid in the balances!
  For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea;
    therefore my words have been rash.
  For the arrows of the Almighty are in me;
    my spirit drinks their poison;
    the terrors of God are arrayed against me.
  Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass,
    or the ox low over his fodder?
  Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt,
    or is there any taste in the juice of the mallow?1
  My appetite refuses to touch them;
    they are as food that is loathsome to me.2
  “Oh that I might have my request,
    and that God would fulfill my hope,
  that it would please God to crush me,
    that he would let loose his hand and cut me off!
10   This would be my comfort;
    I would even exult3 in pain unsparing,
    for I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
11   What is my strength, that I should wait?
    And what is my end, that I should be patient?
12   Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze?
13   Have I any help in me,
    when resource is driven from me?
14   “He who withholds4 kindness from a friend
    forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15   My brothers are treacherous as a torrent-bed,
    as torrential streams that pass away,
16   which are dark with ice,
    and where the snow hides itself.
17   When they melt, they disappear;
    when it is hot, they vanish from their place.
18   The caravans turn aside from their course;
    they go up into the waste and perish.
19   The caravans of Tema look,
    the travelers of Sheba hope.
20   They are ashamed because they were confident;
    they come there and are disappointed.
21   For you have now become nothing;
    you see my calamity and are afraid.
22   Have I said, ‘Make me a gift’?
    Or, ‘From your wealth offer a bribe for me’?
23   Or, ‘Deliver me from the adversary’s hand’?
    Or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of the ruthless’?
24   “Teach me, and I will be silent;
    make me understand how I have gone astray.
25   How forceful are upright words!
    But what does reproof from you reprove?
26   Do you think that you can reprove words,
    when the speech of a despairing man is wind?
27   You would even cast lots over the fatherless,
    and bargain over your friend.
28   “But now, be pleased to look at me,
    for I will not lie to your face.
29   Please turn; let no injustice be done.
    Turn now; my vindication is at stake.
30   Is there any injustice on my tongue?
    Cannot my palate discern the cause of calamity?


[1] 6:6 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
[2] 6:7 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
[3] 6:10 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
[4] 6:14 Syriac, Vulgate (compare Targum); the meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain


Job’s reply to Eliphaz appears to have been a cry for people to understand the weight of what he is enduring (v1-7). Eliphaz had many fine sounding words but he appeared to have been indifferent to what Job was enduring.

Job speaks again of his desire to die and have his suffering over (v8-10). The idea of waiting for deliverance as Eliphaz had suggested is just too much for Job in his weakness (v11-13).

Job’s tone becomes a bit angry as he expresses being let down by those who should be helping him (v18-23).

There is a real challenge here for us to be people of love and compassion who care for and help those in need. Pray about those you know in need and how you can help them.

Eliphaz’s argument is that Job’s sin has led to his suffering. Now Job puts out the challenge for his friends to reveal what sin he is guilty of (v24-30).

We need to be careful of a judgmental attitude towards others and especially towards those who are suffering.

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