I guess Job does know You, or at least he understands that You don’t have a time limit, that there is 1 no time with You.
“Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high places.
Is there any number of his armies? and upon whom doth not his light arise?
How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.
How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?” (Job 25:1-6)
Bildad adds nothing new here, and Zophar, who has already admitted how emotionally disturbed he was (see 20:2), doesn’t even comment.
“But Job answered and said,
How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength?
How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is?
To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee?” (Job 26:1-4)
“With biting sarcasm, Job responds to Bildad alone, indicating that Eliphaz and Zophar have already been silenced.
Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof” (Job 26:5).
Dead things – The Hebrew for this expression is translated the dead or dead in Prov 2:18; Is 14:9 and 26:14. The term is used figuratively of the deceased who inhabit the netherworld (see 3:13-15, 17-19).
are formed – Lit. tremble. They are in anguish.
waters – Part of the world inhabited by living beings, and therefore above the netherworld.
“Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering” (Job 26:6).
Hell – or Sheol, the grave, personified elsewhere as the king of terrors (see 18:14).
destruction – Hebrew Abaddon. See 28:22, 31:12; Prov 15:11. In Rev 9:11, Abaddon is the name of the angel of the bottomless pit.
Hath no covering – exposed before God, meaning that God sees everything, nothing can ever be hidden from Him.
“He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.
He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.
He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.
He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.
The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.
He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud.
By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.
Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?” (Job 26:7-14).
These are parts of his ways – Lit these are the edges of his ways. What God has revealed of His dominion over natural and supernatural forces amount to no more than a whisper.
Job is impressed with the severely limited character of human understanding. Zophar had chided Job about his inability to fathom the mysteries of God (11:7-9), but the knowledgment possessed by Job’s friends was not superior to that of Job himself (see 12:3; 13:2).
thunder of this power – If it’s difficult for us to comprehend the little that we know about God, how much more impossible it would be to understand the full extent of His might!
The dialogue-dispute section of the Book of Job begins with Job’s opening lament (ch 3), continues with the three cycles of speeches (chs 4-14; 15-21; 22-26) and concluded with Job’s closing discourse (ch 27), in which he reasserts his own innocence (vv 2-6) and eloquently describes the ultimate fate of the wicked (vv 13-23).
“Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
As God liveth, who hath taken away my Judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul” (Job 27:1-2).
As God liveth – The most solemn of oath (see Gen 42:15). Job’s faith in God continued despite his perception of denied justice.
“All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;
My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.
God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.
My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live” (Job 27:3-6).
My righteousness hold fast – God had spoken similarly of Job (2:3).
“Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous” (Job 27:7).
Let mine enemy be as the wicked – Job calls for his friends, who had falsely accused him of being wicked, to be treated as though they themselves were wicked men (cf Ps 109:6-15; 137:8-9).
“For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?
Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?
Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?
I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal” (Job 27:7-11).
Job is about to remind his counselors about an issue on which they all agree: that the truly wicked deserve God’s wrath (vv 13-23).
The three friends had falsely put Job in that category. God is very clear about not making false accusations, it is one of the ten commandments – Ex 20:16.
God loved Moses, remember what happened to Mariam when her and Aaron had spoken against Moses for marrying the Ethiopian? (Num 12)
God had 1spoke highly of Job when he talked to Satan – …Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth…? – so you have to wonder what might happen to Job’s friends that accused him of doing something he did not do or what might happen to anyone that walks with God and is mistreated by others?
“Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus altogether vain?
This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty.
If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.
Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;
He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.
He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh.
The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not.
Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night.
The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place.
For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand.
Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place” (Job 27:12-23:).
1 “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Pet 3:8).
2 “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” (Jos 1:5 & 8).
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Deut 31:6).
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb 13:5).
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phil 4:13).
Biblical mention of Ezion Geber is limited to Israel’s wilderness wanderings (Num 33:35-36; Deut 2:8), the Solomonic era (1 Kgs 9:26-28; 2 Chr 8:17-18) and the time of King Jehoshaphat of Judah (1 Kgs 22:47-49; 2 Chr 20:35-37).
Ezion Geber was located near Elath on Red Sea (i.e., the Gulf of Aqaba) in the land of Edom. Solomon, in collaboration with King Hiram of Tyre, developed it as a major seaport where he maintained a fleet and imported luxury commodities from Africa and India.
Later, Jehoshaphat unsuccessfully attempted to duplicate Solomon’s venture. Tell el-Kheleifeh, on the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba, was once widely identified with Ezion Geber on the grounds that archaeological remains suggested it had been a seaport and a site for smelting minerals.
These conclusions have been challenged, and this connection is now regarded as unlikely.
If Tell el-Kheleifeh is not Ezion Geber, the only other adequate anchorage in the northern gulf is located on an island called Jezirat Faraun (“Pharaoh’s Island”; also called Coral Island), approximately 7.5 miles (12 km) south of modern Eilat.
A natural harbor was improved in antiquity by the addition of a breakwater, mooring piers and defensive towers. The structure of the port is typical of Phoenician improved harbors, and Iron Age I pottery found there confirms habitation of the site during the Solomonic period.