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Job Rebukes His Friends

Job 13:1-12 :

“Behold, my eye has seen all this.
My ear has heard and understood it.
What you know, I know also.
I am not inferior to you.

“Surely I would speak to the Almighty.
I desire to reason with God.
But you are forgers of lies.
You are all physicians of no value.
Oh that you would be completely silent!
Then you would be wise.
Hear now my reasoning.
Listen to the pleadings of my lips.
Will you speak unrighteously for God,
and talk deceitfully for him?
Will you show partiality to him?
Will you contend for God?
Is it good that he should search you out?
Or as one deceives a man, will you deceive him?
He will surely reprove you
if you secretly show partiality.
Shall not his majesty make you afraid,
and his dread fall on you?
Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes.
Your defenses are defenses of clay.

It was clear to Job that his friends considered themselves to be greater than he was. Here, Job tells them that he isn't inferior to them. It's encouraging to hear job defend himself. Even though his circumstances were horrible, he still had the strength to stand up for the truth that these guys were acting arrogantly. It also shows us that it is ok to defend ourselves against those who think they have the religious higher ground.

We also read that Job is interested in reasoning directly with God. He accuses his friends not merely of being liars but of being "forgers of lies." If I may interpret Job's language into modern slang, it's as if he said: "You guys are quacks. I wish you would just shut up."

He tells them that they should fear God who can cause dread to fall on people who "secretly show partiality." I would imagine that this shook his friends up a bit. Job looked like death and he was telling them they they could look like it too if they don't shape up and stop judging others. Then he accuses them of speaking worthless proverbs. You can imagine that this didn't make them feel good, but Job was right to warn them about the fact that God doesn't like their behavior. Perhaps he thought they might listen and stop. Unfortunately, we will see that they keep going.

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