Job 13 Outline
– Job accused his friends for giving him wicked and deceitful counsel (Job 13:1-12)
– Job still believe he is righteous (Job 13:13-19)
– Job pleaded with God to withdraw his hands (Job 13:20-27)
– Job laments how sin destroy men (Job 13:28)
Job 13 Summary
In Job 13:1-12, Job said he understood what his friends were pointing out, that he sinned so God struck him all these disasters as punishment. But Job refused to believe what his friends said. Job said what his friends claimed of him were lies and that they would do him better good if they all kept silent. Job argued his friends were speaking wickedly and deceitfully on God’s behalf. Job said God will surely rebuke them for their wicked and deceitful counsel because they have shown partiality, meaning they rebuke Job but they would never want to be rebuke that way if the same thing happen to him.
In Job 13:13-19, Job requested his friends to stop speaking and let him speak for himself for one moment. Job still wanted to trust in God after all these disasters. Job believed that he is righteous and had not done anything wrong to deserve all these punishments. Job felt that he cannot give up and listen to his friends’ counsel otherwise he will perish.
In Job 13:20-27, Job pleaded with God to take away his hands from him and stop frightening him with all these terrors. Then, Job want to have a conversation with God. Job used to want God to leave him alone but now he want to reconcile with God. Despite that, Job still think that God treated him as an enemy. Job feared that God is punishing him because of the sins he committed in his youth. Because of this, Job felt that he is being closely watched and he probably will not have any good future anymore.
In Job 13:28, Job agreed to Zophar’s statement about God punishing the sins of people. Because God is in charge and he punish the sinful people, they will decay like a rotten thing, like a garment that is eaten by moth.
Job 13 Bible Study
1. God corrects his children because he love them
Even though Job did not sin, he experienced all these disasters. This made him reflect on what he had done in the past that had caused all these disasters. God corrects us and put problems in our lives so that we can affirm our faith and grow in faith. In Hebrews 12:5, and ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him. In Psalm 94:12, blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law. In Deuteronomy 8:5, thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.