Text: Esther 2:1-23The process for preparing and choosing a new queen requires a year of beauty treatments. Then each lady would spend a night with the King. If he wanted her again, she would be called by name. This is a degrading practice–virgins being treated like play things to satisfy the lusts of the King,[…]

Text: Job 22:1-30This is Eliphaz’s third and final speech. He says Job has done evil against thepoor, the widows, and the orphans, and he says Job has spoken evil things about God. Actually, he twisted Job’s words. Eliphaz does say something good– he encourages Job to listen to God’s Word and repent (although Job’s arguments[…]

Text: Job 22:1-30This is Eliphaz’s third and final speech. He says Job has done evil against thepoor, the widows, and the orphans, and he says Job has spoken evil things about God. Actually, he twisted Job’s words. Eliphaz does say something good– he encourages Job to listen to God’s Word and repent (although Jōb’s arguments[…]

Text: Job 21:1-34The Friends have been saying the wicked do not last long, God punishes them quickly. But Job’s speech is about how God treats the wicked differently than his friends think. God does not punish immediately. Job sees godless persons often leading long, prosperous, healthy lives. The wicked say to God, “We do not[…]

Text: Job 20:1-29 Zophar’s second speech is an attempt to answer Jōb’s observation about how the wicked do not necessarily suffer. Zophar agrees a little bit, but he states that the exaltation of the wicked is brief. Sure, they might do well in health and wealth, but it will be a short enjoyment. A wicked[…]

Text: Job 19:1-29 For the purpose of argument Jōb allows for the possibility that he has sinned (v.4). But he answers by saying that it has only affected himself. God has attacked Jōb with great force, but Jōb is only in a small tent (v.12). Everyone now despises him. So, he begs his friends to show him compassion. But[…]

Text: Jōb 18:1-21 Bildad begins by rebuking Jōb for not thinking about what he will say (he would like Jōb to stop talking), and for treating his friends rudely. He then spends the rest of the chapter speaking about the fate of the wicked, which is nothing new in these speeches. Bildad implies that Jōb is that[…]

Text: Jōb 17:1-16 Jōb admits to being spiritually exhausted, and he is surrounded by people who mock him and his circumstances. Therefore, v3, Jōb asks God to say something that would prove Jōb right and silence the mockers. However, those who are righteous, vv.8-9, are disturbed by how Jōb is being treated, but they do not let go of their faith.[…]

Text Job 16:1-22 Eliphaz said that Jōb is attacking God, as all wicked people do. But Jōb says just the opposite – God is doing the attacking against Jōb (v7-9, etc.).Read again vv.11-13, the violence that Jōb believes God is bringing against him. It is true that God has sovereignly planned the suffering for Jōb, and God is[…]

Text: Jōb 15:1-35 The second wave of speeches begins with Eliphaz. He accuses Jōb of speaking worthless words, which were ungodly and lead others away from God. Eliphaz’s insulting words are because he thinks Jōb is prideful, as if Jōb is the one with all wisdom. Then beginning in v.20, Eliphaz speaks about the expectations of “the wicked[…]