Job believed that he had not sinned, but filled his life with good works

Job Bible Background

07.05.2017 – Old Testament: Job 31.29–34

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 31–32 on July 5, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Job listed potential sins, and that if he had committed those sins, he would willingly suffer for them. He continued his list,

“If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me,
Or lifted myself up when evil found him
(Indeed I have not allowed my mouth to sin
By asking for a curse on his soul);
If the men of my tent have not said,
‘Who is there that has not been satisfied with his meat?’
(But no sojourner had to lodge in the street,
For I have opened my doors to the traveler);
If I have covered my transgressions as Adam,
By hiding my iniquity in my bosom,
Because I feared the great multitude,
And dreaded the contempt of families, 
So that I kept silence
And did not go out of the door—” 
(Job 31.29–34) 

Job just leaves it hanging, without completing his thought, which is what you have to do sometimes, because you can’t continue your thought. Job may not have been able to continue because it pained him too much to think about it.

In which case, leaving his thought incomplete actually said more.

Questions:

  • Have you been unable to complete a thought because of your emotions?
  • Do you fill your life with good things?

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