Job 21 Outline
– Job wanted his friends to pay attention to what he said (Job 21:1-3)
– Job felt God is unfair because the wicked is often not punished but always prosper (Job 21:4-16)
– Job felt frustrated about how the wicked prosper yet a righteous man like him had to go through many disasters (Job 21:17-21)
– Job felt confused because his situation happened on the opposite of God’s principle (Job 21:22-26)
– Job did not believe the wicked will be punished like his friends said (Job 21:27-34)
Job 21 Summary
In Job 21:1-3, Job felt that his friends did not pay attention to what he said. Job did not become soft after hearings his friends’ rebuke but he still maintain his integrity.
In Job 21:4-16, Job is making his complaints against God. Job wanted his friends to take a moment and be astonish at what damage has occurred in his life. Job felt that God was unfair because the wicked prosper but he was righteous yet God punished him with all these disasters. Therefore, Job refused to believe the negative counsel of his friends.
In Job 21:17-21, Job lament about the success of the wicked, that they usually are not punished for the bad things they do. When he thought of this, he was despaired and he hope God will bring destruction upon the wicked but not on the household after him.
In Job 21:22-26, Job does not understand about the disasters that happened to him. He felt confused as to why the wicked never have troubles and are always blessed by God but the believers who are righteous face so much troubles.
In Job 21:27-34, Job said he don’t believe that the wicked will enjoy success temporarily and be punished eventually like they said, by just taking a look at their dwelling place. Even those that travel on the road know the common knowledge that the wicked will be punished and the righteous will be blessed. But Job said the wicked usually will only face punishments after death. According to Job, though the wicked is punished after death, no one will hate them and repay them for what they had done. Therefore, Job said it is wrong to judge him based on this principle.
Job 21 Bible Study
1. God is gracious to the righteous and wicked
Job did not believe what his friends said because he couldn’t see how the wicked are always punished since they always prosper no matter what bad things they do. God is good to the righteous and wicked so we must also love our enemies. In Matthew 5:44-45, But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.