Job 11* Zophar reproves Job. (1-6) God's perfections and almightypower. (7-12) Zophar assures Job of blessings if he repented.(13-20)1-6 Zophar attacked Job with great vehemence. He representedhim as a man that loved to hear himself speak, though he couldsay nothing to the purpose, and as a man that maintainedfalsehoods. He desired God would show Job that less punishmentwas exacted than he deserved. We are ready, with much assurance,to call God to act in our quarrels, and to think that if hewould but speak, he would take our part. We ought to leave alldisputes to the judgment of God, which we are sure is accordingto truth; but those are not always right who are most forward toappeal to the Divine judgment. 7-12 Zophar speaks well concerning God and his greatness andglory, concerning man and his vanity and folly. See here whatman is; and let him be humbled. God sees this concerning vainman, that he would be wise, would be thought so, though he isborn like a wild ass's colt, so unteachable and untameable. Manis a vain creature; empty, so the word is. Yet he is a proudcreature, and self-conceited. He would be wise, would be thoughtso, though he will not submit to the laws of wisdom. He would bewise, he reaches after forbidden wisdom, and, like his firstparents, aiming to be wise above what is written, loses the treeof life for the tree of knowledge. Is such a creature as thisfit to contend with God? 13-20 Zophar exhorts Job to repentance, and gives himencouragement, yet mixed with hard thoughts of him. He thoughtthat worldly prosperity was always the lot of the righteous, andthat Job was to be deemed a hypocrite unless his prosperity wasrestored. Then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; thatis, thou mayst come boldly to the throne of grace, and not withthe terror and amazement expressed in ch. #9:34|. If we arelooked upon in the face of the Anointed, our faces that werecast down may be lifted up; though polluted, being now washedwith the blood of Christ, they may be lifted up without spot. Wemay draw near in full assurance of faith, when we are sprinkledfrom an evil conscience, #Heb 10:22|.
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