Job 20* Zophar speaks of the short joy of the wicked. (1-9) The ruinof the wicked. (10-22) The portion of the wicked. (23-29)1-9 Zophar's discourse is upon the certain misery of thewicked. The triumph of the wicked and the joy of the hypocriteare fleeting. The pleasures and gains of sin bring disease andpain; they end in remorse, anguish, and ruin. Dissembled pietyis double iniquity, and the ruin that attends it will beaccordingly. 10-22 The miserable condition of the wicked man in this worldis fully set forth. The lusts of the flesh are here called thesins of his youth. His hiding it and keeping it under histongue, denotes concealment of his beloved lust, and delighttherein. But He who knows what is in the heart, knows what isunder the tongue, and will discover it. The love of the world,and of the wealth of it, also is wickedness, and man sets hisheart upon these. Also violence and injustice, these sins bringGod's judgments upon nations and families. Observe thepunishment of the wicked man for these things. Sin is turnedinto gall, than which nothing is more bitter; it will prove tohim poison; so will all unlawful gains be. In his fulness heshall be in straits, through the anxieties of his own mind. Tobe led by the sanctifying grace of God to restore what wasunjustly gotten, as Zaccheus was, is a great mercy. But to beforced to restore by the horrors of a despairing conscience, asJudas was, has no benefit and comfort attending it. 23-29 Zophar, having described the vexations which attendwicked practices, shows their ruin from God's wrath. There is nofence against this, but in Christ, who is the only Covert fromthe storm and tempest, #Isa 32:2|. Zophar concludes, "This isthe portion of a wicked man from God;" it is allotted him. Neverwas any doctrine better explained, or worse applied, than thisby Zophar, who intended to prove Job a hypocrite. Let us receivethe good explanation, and make a better application, for warningto ourselves, to stand in awe and sin not. One view of Jesus,directed by the Holy Spirit, and by him suitably impressed uponour souls, will quell a thousand carnal reasonings about thesuffering of the faithful.
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