The devil must have really messed Job up pretty bad for him to wish he had never been born.
Are you going to fix this for him?
“Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?
Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.
But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?
Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion’s whelps are scattered abroad” (Job 4:1-11).
Just like the strongest lions eventually die, so the wicked are eventually destroyed.
“Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.
In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,
Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:
It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,
Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?” (Job 4:12-17).
The voice was undoubtedly God and He wasn’t asking a question, He was making a statement, as Jesus told His disciples:
“The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord” (Matt 10:24).
“Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:
How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?
They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it.
Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom” (Job 4:18-21).
“Call now, if there be any that will answer thee; and to which of the saints wilt thou turn?
For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.
I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.
Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, and taketh it even out of the thorns, and the robber swalloweth up their substance” (Job 5:1-5).
God will bring about different types of calamity upon the wicked and evil.
“Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;
Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:
Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:
Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields:
To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.
He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.
They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope in the noonday as in the nigh”t” (Job 5:6-14).
This here is in part quoted in 1 Cor 3:19, and is the only clear quotation of Job in the New Testament.
“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness” (1 Cor 3:19).
But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.
“So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth” (Job 5:15-16).
“Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:
For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole” (Job 5:17-18).
If God chooses you He will chastise you and you should be excited and pleased with it. Realize that this is The Maker requesting that you do something for Him. There is no greater honor.
“For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth” (Prov 3:12).
“If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned” (Heb 6:6-8).
“He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.
In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword.
Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.
At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth” (Job 5:19-22).
God said similar things to Moses, Joshua, and others. For example:
“There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Josh 1:5 & 8).
“For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.
And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin.
Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth.
Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season.
Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for thy good” (Job 5:23-27).
Dream Oracles in the Ancient World
The belief in dream oracles is well attested in the ancient world, including in the Bible. Job’s friend Eliphaz stated that he had received in a dream a divine message relating to Job’s misery (Job 4:12-21).
Elihu also expressed his knowledge that dreams are one means by which God communicates with people (33:14-18).
God used to speak to people through dreams, but because of Jesus He no longer does that. God speaks to us through Jesus (Heb 1:1-2).
The Lord visited the patriarch Jacob in a nocturnal vision (Gen 28:11-19). His son Joseph also received prophetic dreams (Gen 37:5-11), as did Solomon (1 Kgs 3:5-15), prophets in general (Num 12:6), Daniel (Dan 7), and Joseph the carpenter (Matt 1:20-24; 2:13).
Dream oracles weren’t exclusive to Israel, however, Joseph, the son of Jacob, interpreted the dreams of the pharaoh and his servants (Gen 40:5-22; 41:15-32), Daniel interpreted Nebuchadzzar’s dream (Dan 4:4-27), and the Magi were warned in a dream not to return to King Herod (Matt 2:12).
Of course, not all dream oracles can be considered legitimate. If the omen portended in the dream encouraged the worship of anyone besides the one true God, or if the apparent implication of the dream did not come to pass, that message didn’t issue from the Lord (Deut 18:20-22).
Numerous texts from outside of Israel attest to the importance placed upon dreams throughout the ancient Near East:
Prophetic dreams are attested at Mari (18th century B.C.). One text describes a dream that was repeated, as was the pharaoh’s in Gen 41.
When seeking instructions on temple building, King Gudea of Lagash invited the deity Nirgirsu to visit him by offering sacrifices and lying down in the temple to sleep.
When venturing forth to battle a great monster, the legendary hero Gilgamesh and his companion Enkidu encouraged the gods to give them dream.
Ugaritic texts provide examples of such dreams. In the Epic of Kirta the god El speaks to the hero in his sleep.
Handbooks for dream interpretation have been uncovered in the New Kingdom Egypt (16th to 11th centuries B.C.). For example, if a man saw himself in a dream submerged in the Nile, that was a good omen, signifying that he had been purified of all evil. But seeing a dwarf in a dream portended tragedy: The dream’s life would be shortened by half.
Dreams were one of the many ways people of the ancient world believed that humans received divine messages. It’s important to observe, however, that the Bible contains no guidebook for interpreting dreams.
There is no magical code we can follow. If God communicates by a dream, only God can give the interpretation (Gen 40:8).