Sometimes the wicked appear to go unpunished

Job Bible Background

07.02.2017 – Old Testament: Job 24.9–12

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 23–25 on July 2, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Job’s friends argue that he must have sinned greatly to bring on his suffering, that God was correcting Job for his sin. However, he reasoned back to them, that the wicked often do not suffer for their wrongs,

“Some snatch the fatherless from the breast,
And take a pledge from the poor.
They cause the poor to go naked, without clothing;
And they take away the sheaves from the hungry.
They press out oil within their walls,
And tread winepresses, yet suffer thirst.
The dying groan in the city,
And the souls of the wounded cry out;
Yet God does not charge them with wrong.”
(Job 24.9–12) 

How then could it be that Job was suffering for alleged sin? His friends did not seem to get that message. They had their minds set on his sinfulness and they would not see anything else.


  • Have you noticed the wicked getting away with their sin?
  • Have you gotten away with sin?

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