If I have sinned…

Old Testament: Job 31.38–40

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 31–32 on July 5, In the year of our Lord Christ 2021

By Don Ruhl 

As Job ended his talk with his three friends, he presented the idea that if he had committed various sin, then he was willing for adversity to come into his life. He ended with the last item of possible sins, saying: 

“If my land cries out against me,
And its furrows weep together;
If I have eaten its fruit without money,
Or caused its owners to lose their lives;
Then let thistles grow instead of wheat,
And weeds instead of barley.”

– Job 31.38–40c 

He was willing to have an unproductive life, even facing total devastation of his crops, if he had used his land in any sinful way. He had not. Therefore, Job became self-righteous and that was something that he could not see in himself, but his three friends could, Elihu could, and the Lord could. 

If you generally lead a good life, be careful of falling into self-righteousness. 


  • Are you open to someone revealing sin in your life? 
  • Does all suffering in our lives mean that we have sinned? 

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