Job. 29 – 31

Job 28 and 29

  1. Chapter 28. What is expressed here concerning: (a) human skill, and (b) human inability? What are: (a) the source, and (b) the essence of true wisdom? Cf. 1:1; 2:3; Ps. 34:11-14.
  2. Chapter 29. What can we learn from Job’s description of his manner of life before tragedy overwhelmed him? What most stands out in his memory? What then gave enrichment and direction to his daily living?

Notes

  1. Chapter 28 reads like an independent insertion – a poem in praise of wisdom. The ‘wisdom’ meant is not simply mental ability, but understanding of the right way to act in the face of life’s mystery. Supremely, as known only to God, it means the master plan behind the Christ. Cf. 1 Cor. 1:30; Col. 2:23.
  2. Job’s speech in chapter 29-31 is best understood as a concluding monologue, summing up the whole situation.’ 

    Job 30 and 31

    1. Chapter 30. Contrast Job’s present condition with his previous prosperity surveyed in chapter 29. In what different ways is job now beset by misery and distress? What is his chief reason for perplexity and complaint?

    2. Chapter 31. Of what sins, secret and public, does Job here declare himself innocent? Make a list and use it for self-examination. In contrast to the judgment of his friends, what is job seeking here to prove about his present condition?

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