Job 6 and 7

Job is hurt by Eliphaz’ attitude. He had hoped for help, not criticism (6:14). He flings questions at God.

  1. 6:1-30. What does Job’s condition make him long for :
    (a) from God, and
    (b) from men?
    What can we learn from his double disappointment?
  2. 7:1-10. By what metaphors does Job describe his present life?
    7:11-21. What is the substance of his complaints against God?

Notes

  1. 6:5, 6. Even animals cry out in misery: and human beings exclaim at distasteful food. Why shouldn’t Job complain?
  2. 6:20. Thirsty caravans perish in the desert pursuing a mirage. Job is similarly cheated by his friends.
  3. 6:30. ‘Can my mouth not discern malice?’…. means ‘Am I quite without good reason for my complaints?
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