Job 11:13-19

13 "Still, if you set your heart on God and reach out to him,
14 If you scrub your hands of sin and refuse to entertain evil in your home,
15 You'll be able to face the world unashamed and keep a firm grip on life, guiltless and fearless.
16 You'll forget your troubles; they'll be like old, faded photographs.
17 Your world will be washed in sunshine, every shadow dispersed by dayspring.
18 Full of hope, you'll relax, confident again; you'll look around, sit back, and take it easy.
19 Expansive, without a care in the world, you'll be hunted out by many for your blessing.

Job 11:13-19 Meaning and Commentary


In this chapter Zophar the Naamathite, Job's third friend, attacks him, and the with great acrimony and severity, and with much indecency; he charges him not only with loquacity, and vain babbling, but with lying, and with scoffing at God, and good men, Job 11:1-3; which he attempts to support by some things Job had said, misrepresented by him, Job 11:4; and wishes that God would take him in hand, and convince him of the wisdom of the divine proceedings with him, and of his lenity and mercy to him, Job 11:5,6; and then discourses of the unsearchableness of God in his counsels, and conduct; of his sovereignty, and of his power, and of the vanity and folly of men, Job 11:7-19; and as his friends before him, having insinuated that Job was guilty of some heinous sin, or sins, and especially of hypocrisy, advises him to repentance and reformation, and then it would be well with him; and he should enjoy much comfort, peace, and safety, even to old age, Job 11:13-19; and concludes it should go ill with the wicked man and the hypocrite, such as he suggests Job was, Job 11:20.

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