Psalm 28

Psalm 28:2 (ESV)

Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy,

when I cry to you for help,

when I lift up my hands

toward your most holy sanctuary.

Psalm 28:5–6 (ESV)

Because they do not regard the works of the Lord

or the work of his hands,

he will tear them down and build them up no more.

Blessed be the Lord!

For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.

Psalm 28:7 (ESV)

The Lord is my strength and my shield;

in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;

my heart exults,

and with my song I give thanks to him.

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In the chapters 28, 29 an 30, Job seems to go through and array of logic and emotions.  He starts out wondering how wisdom is found, it seems to be a jab at his friends.  He then starts chapter 29 with rememberence of how he was once treated, then returns the a poor me mentality, with how people are treating him today and even wants God to take his final swing at him.

Job 28:18 (ESV)

18  No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal;
the price of wisdom is above pearls.

After all his rhetoric he then asks the question, my guess if it is not in all the places he just mentioned, then where could it be:

Job 28:20 (ESV)
20  “From where, then, does wisdom come?
And where is the place of understanding?
Job then a few verses later answers the proving question:

Job 28:28 (ESV)
28  And he said to man,
‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
and to turn away from evil is understanding.’ ”

This chapter starts out with in a way, Job reminiscing about how he USED to be, I found the following verse to be a good example of the way he was thinking:

Job 29:11–12 (ESV)
11  When the ear heard, it called me blessed,
and when the eye saw, it approved,
12  because I delivered the poor who cried for help,
and the fatherless who had none to help him.

He concludes Chapter 29 with the following verse, it seems as though he thought of himself quiet highly:

Job 29:25 (ESV)
25  I chose their way and sat as chief,
and I lived like a king among his troops,
like one who comforts mourners.

Job then begins Chapter 30 with how people are viewing and treating him now, during his discomfort, during his tragedy.  He seems to exaggerate in my opinion, but the poor guy has lost everything, even the respect of his friends.

Job 30:1 (ESV)
“But now they laugh at me,
men who are younger than I,
whose fathers I would have disdained
to set with the dogs of my flock.

Job 30:9–11 (ESV)
“And now I have become their song;
I am a byword to them.
10  They abhor me; they keep aloof from me;
they do not hesitate to spit at the sight of me.
11  Because God has loosed my cord and humbled me,
they have cast off restraint in my presence.
He then turns to God and defining what God has done to him:

Job 30:19 (ESV)
19  God has cast me into the mire,
and I have become like dust and ashes.

Job 30:21 (ESV)
21  You have turned cruel to me;
with the might of your hand you persecute me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Job Wonders . . . Chapter 28, 29 & 30

The preceding verses were of Job using analogies of how hard it is to find wisdom, for some reason this verse caught me more than the others.  I believe because he directly relates the value of wisdom and it is above pearls.

Job 28:18 (ESV)

18  No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal;

the price of wisdom is above pearls.

After all his rhetoric he then asks the question, my guess if it is not in all the places he just mentioned, then where could it be:

Job 28:20 (ESV)
20  “From where, then, does wisdom come?

And where is the place of understanding?

Job then a few verses later answers the proving question:

Job 28:28 (ESV)

28  And he said to man,

‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,

and to turn away from evil is understanding.’ ”

Job 29

This chapter starts out with in a way, Job reminiscing about how he USED to be, I found the following verse to be a good example of the way he was thinking:

Job 29:11–12 (ESV)

11  When the ear heard, it called me blessed,

and when the eye saw, it approved,

12  because I delivered the poor who cried for help,

and the fatherless who had none to help him.

He concludes Chapter 29 with the following verse, it seems as though he thought of himself quiet highly:

Job 29:25 (ESV)

25  I chose their way and sat as chief,

and I lived like a king among his troops,

like one who comforts mourners.

Job then begins Chapter 30 with how people are viewing and treating him now, during his discomfort, during his tragedy.  He seems to exaggerate in my opinion, but the poor guy has lost everything, even the respect of his friends.

Job 30:1 (ESV)

“But now they laugh at me,

men who are younger than I,

whose fathers I would have disdained

to set with the dogs of my flock.

Job 30:9–11 (ESV)

“And now I have become their song;

I am a byword to them.

10  They abhor me; they keep aloof from me;

they do not hesitate to spit at the sight of me.

11  Because God has loosed my cord and humbled me,

they have cast off restraint in my presence.

 

He then turns to God and defining what God has done to him:

Job 30:19 (ESV)

19  God has cast me into the mire,

and I have become like dust and ashes.

Job 30:21 (ESV)

21  You have turned cruel to me;

with the might of your hand you persecute me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proverb 27 – They Talk to Me

Proverbs 27:1–3 (ESV)

1 Do not boast about tomorrow,

for you do not know what a day may bring.

Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;

a stranger, and not your own lips.

A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty,

but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.

Proverbs 27:5 (ESV)

Better is open rebuke

than hidden love.

Proverbs 27:9–10 (ESV)

Oil and perfume make the heart glad,

and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.

10  Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend,

and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity.

Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.

Proverbs 27:14 (ESV)

14  Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice,

rising early in the morning,

will be counted as cursing.

Proverbs 27:19 (ESV)

19  As in water face reflects face,

so the heart of man reflects the man.

Psalm 27:1 (ESV)

1 . . .The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:4 (ESV)

One thing have I asked of the Lord,

that will I seek after:

that I may dwell in the house of the Lord

all the days of my life,

to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord

and to inquire in his temple.

Psalm 27:10–12 (ESV)

10  For my father and my mother have forsaken me,

but the Lord will take me in.

11  Teach me your way, O Lord,

and lead me on a level path

because of my enemies.

12  Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;

for false witnesses have risen against me,

and they breathe out violence.

Psalm 27:14 (ESV)

14  Wait for the Lord;

be strong, and let your heart take courage;

wait for the Lord!

AMEN!

Job has a Point . . .

After the bashing Job took from Bildad, Job opens up with bashing of his own “You are no help to the helpless!”  Wow!  But, I understand, his friends, although as genuine as they are trying to be, seem to be more concerned about how Job is expressing himself about the grief he has gone through than the grief he is going through.

I like in Chapter 27, in the first 8 verses especially he commits himself not to say anything bad about God, hard to do when everything has been taken away and even his friends are condemning him.  He then turns the table on his friends, they are not the experts of God, he then tells them how God will handle the evil ones of earth.

After Chapter 27:13, I have some verses out of order, I did it on purpose because, well you read it and I think it will make sense.  Not changing the order or God’s word, just this is how I put it together and though it might help you too.  (if anyone reads this.)

In the midst of Chapter 28, Job still speaking, starts listing where all the precious elements of the earth are, they are hidden, on top of rock, in deep tunnels and even the proud animals cannot find them.  He almost is saying, wow, man has found all these rich wonderful things hidden in the earth, but yet YOU, maybe his friends, where can wisdom be found?  Apparently, they did not ring any with them, right?

Job 26 New Century Version (NCV)

Job Answers Bildad

26 Then Job answered:

“You are no help to the helpless!

You have not aided the weak!

Your advice lacks wisdom!

You have shown little understanding!

Who has helped you say these words?

And where did you get these ideas?

Job 27 New Century Version (NCV)

27 And Job continued speaking:

“As surely as God lives, who has taken away my rights,

the Almighty, who has made me unhappy,

as long as I am alive

and God’s breath of life is in my nose,

my lips will not speak evil,

and my tongue will not tell a lie.

I will never agree you are right;

until I die, I will never stop saying I am innocent.

I will insist that I am right; I will not back down.

My conscience will never bother me.

“Let my enemies be like evil people,

my foes like those who are wrong.

What hope do the wicked have when they die,

when God takes their life away?

11 “I will teach you about the power of God

and will not hide the ways of the Almighty.

12 You have all seen this yourselves.

So why are we having all this talk that means nothing?

13 “Here is what God has planned for evil people,

and what the Almighty will give to cruel people:

22 The wind will hit them without mercy

as they try to run away from its power.

23 It will be as if the wind is clapping its hands;

it will whistle at them as they run from their place.

19 The wicked are rich when they go to bed,

but they are rich for the last time;

when they open their eyes, everything is gone.

20 Fears come over them like a flood,

and a storm snatches them away in the night.

Job 28 New Century Version (NCV)

No hawk knows that path;

the falcon has not seen it.

Proud animals have not walked there,

and no lions cross over it.

Miners hit the rocks of flint

and dig away at the bottom of the mountains.

10 They cut tunnels through the rock

and see all the treasures there.

11 They search for places where rivers begin

and bring things hidden out into the light.

12 “But where can wisdom be found,

and where does understanding live?

Chapter 26 Cliff Notes of Job

Job reproves Bildad 1–4
Job acknowledges the power of God 5–14

 
Verses 1–4
Job derided Bildad’s answer; his words were a mixture of peevishness and self-preference. Bildad ought to have laid before Job the consolations, rather than the terrors of the Almighty. Christ knows how to speak what is proper for the weary, Isa 50:4; and his ministers should not grieve those whom God would not have made sad. We are often disappointed in our expectations from our friends who should comfort us; but the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, never mistakes, nor fails of his end.

Verses 5–14
Many striking instances are here given of the wisdom and power of God, in the creation and preservation of the world. If we look about us, to the earth and waters here below, we see his almighty power. If we consider hell beneath, though out of our sight, yet we may conceive the discoveries of God’s power there. If we look up to heaven above, we see displays of God’s almighty power. By his Spirit, the eternal Spirit that moved upon the face of the waters, the breath of his mouth, Ps 33:6, he has not only made the heavens, but beautified them. By redemption, all the other wonderful works of the Lord are eclipsed; and we may draw near, and taste his grace, learn to love him, and walk with delight in his ways. The ground of the controversy between Job and the other disputants was, that they unjustly thought from his afflictions that he must have been guilty of heinous crimes. They appear not to have duly considered the evil and just desert of original sin; nor did they take into account the gracious designs of God in purifying his people. Job also darkened counsel by words without knowledge. But his views were more distinct. He does not appear to have alleged his personal righteousness as the ground of his hope towards God. Yet what he admitted in a general view of his case, he in effect denied, while he complained of his sufferings as unmerited and severe; that very complaint proving the necessity for their being sent, in order to his being further humbled in the sight of God.
Henry, M. & Scott, T., 1997. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary, Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems.