Job Series Daily Reading Week Two
Week Two – Day 6
Cycle 1- Job’s reply to Eliphaz
6:1 Then Job replied:
2 “If only my anguish could be weighed
and all my misery be placed on the scales!
3 It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas—
no wonder my words have been impetuous.
4 The arrows of the Almighty are in me,
my spirit drinks in their poison;
God’s terrors are marshaled against me.
5 Does a wild donkey bray when it has grass,
or an ox bellow when it has fodder?
6 Is tasteless food eaten without salt,
or is there flavor in the sap of the mallow?
7 I refuse to touch it;
such food makes me ill.
8 “Oh, that I might have my request,
that God would grant what I hope for,
9 that God would be willing to crush me,
to let loose his hand and cut off my life!
10 Then I would still have this consolation—
my joy in unrelenting pain—
that I had not denied the words of the Holy One.
11 “What strength do I have, that I should still hope?
What prospects, that I should be patient?
12 Do I have the strength of stone?
Is my flesh bronze?
13 Do I have any power to help myself,
now that success has been driven from me?
14 “Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend
forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
15 But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams,
as the streams that overflow
16 when darkened by thawing ice
and swollen with melting snow,
17 but that stop flowing in the dry season,
and in the heat vanish from their channels.
18 Caravans turn aside from their routes;
they go off into the wasteland and perish.
19 The caravans of Tema look for water,
the traveling merchants of Sheba look in hope.
20 They are distressed, because they had been confident;
they arrive there, only to be disappointed.
21 Now you too have proved to be of no help;
you see something dreadful and are afraid.
22 Have I ever said, ‘Give something on my behalf,
pay a ransom for me from your wealth,
23 deliver me from the hand of the enemy,
rescue me from the clutches of the ruthless’?
24 “Teach me, and I will be quiet;
show me where I have been wrong.
25 How painful are honest words!
But what do your arguments prove?
26 Do you mean to correct what I say,
and treat my desperate words as wind?
27 You would even cast lots for the fatherless
and barter away your friend.
28 “But now be so kind as to look at me.
Would I lie to your face?
29 Relent, do not be unjust;
reconsider, for my integrity is at stake.
30 Is there any wickedness on my lips?
Can my mouth not discern malice?
Notes on Job 6
“In his first response to the comforters Job defends his opening curse-lament and continues to lament his grief. In his defense he reasons that his weighty words, being commensurate with his anguish, do not tarnish his piety. He aggressively charges the friends with failing to live up to their responsibilities toward him. Eliphaz has lacked the insight to comfort and to instruct him. His counsel has been too general and indirect, for it is founded on the premise that suffering and sin are inexorably bound together, the premise that Job knows he cannot accept in his own case. No wonder Job does not ponder Eliphaz’s exhortation to submit to God so that he might be blessed again. Instead he pursues his grievance with God. This time he registers a complaint against God. In deciding to argue with God Job takes the first steps on the path that will lead him to seek a resolution to his misery in an encounter with God himself.” (John Hartley)
(Vs.1-7) Job cries out that his pain is too heavy to imagine. Through Job’s cries the verses tell us that his pain is unmeasurable and the reason for his reckless words. And this great pain, Job lies right at God’s door, “The arrows of the Almighty are in me, my spirit drinks in their poison; God’s terrors are marshaled against me.”
Job’s friends could not understand how bitter his suffering was. “Job felt like a target at which God was shooting poisoned arrows, and the poison was making Job’s spirit bitter. God had His army in array, shooting at one weak man, and Job’s friends were adding to the poison. What Job needed were words of encouragement that would feed his spirit and give him strength, but all his friends fed him were words that were useless and tasteless. If his complaint sounded like the braying of a donkey or the lowing of an ox, it was because, like a starving animal, he was hungry for love and understanding.” (Warren Wiersbe)
(Vs. 8-13) Job makes it clear in verse 10, that he has not cursed God. “I would still have this consolation—my joy in unrelenting pain—that “I had not denied the words of the Holy One.” Job has not harbored denial or cursing of God in his heart, but he has felt crushing hopelessness and confusion. His losses have drained away his hope and his strength, and he admits that he has no power to help himself. Though Job has no cursed his God he is a sense asks God to crush and curse him. “Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for, that God would be willing to crush me, to let loose his hand and cut off my life!
(Vs.14-30) Job has not accused God but he has no problem accusing his friends, “Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty. But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams.” Job says his friends are like streams that just dry up and provide no solace for travelers or caravans. Streams are a place that travelers plan to go to, but Job says of his friends like the dry streams they only disappoint.
Job gets even more pointed with the rebuke of his friends, Now you too have proved to be of no help; you see something dreadful and are afraid. His friends are the opposite of helpful, they look at Job with not even pity but fear and dread. Job is so crushed that he cries out to God to deliver him from his enemies, but his enemies have the faces of his friends.
Job goes on and tells his friends, “Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong. How painful are honest words! But what do your arguments prove?” Job longs for honest words but what he gets instead are debate and arguments. He gets corrections and theorizing for his desperate cries of pain. Instead of acknowledging his pain, Job’s friends treat his cries like the wind.
“Now please look at me, and see if I lie to your face” (Job 6:28)”. ” I love that line. “Look, Eliphaz. I don’t traffic in lies!” Job knew that lies are absolutely damning to recovery. And so he invites Eliphaz to point out any lie. “Tell me to my face. Look at me. And if you can’t, then desist—pull back, turn around. If there is injustice on my tongue, point it out (v. 30).”
Week Two – Day 7
Cycle 1- Job’s reply to Eliphaz
7:1“Do not mortals have hard service on earth?
Are not their days like those of hired laborers?
2 Like a slave longing for the evening shadows,
or a hired laborer waiting to be paid,
3 so I have been allotted months of futility,
and nights of misery have been assigned to me.
4 When I lie down I think, ‘How long before I get up?’
The night drags on, and I toss and turn until dawn.
5 My body is clothed with worms and scabs,
my skin is broken and festering.
6 “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,
and they come to an end without hope.
7 Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath;
my eyes will never see happiness again.
8 The eye that now sees me will see me no longer;
you will look for me, but I will be no more.
9 As a cloud vanishes and is gone,
so one who goes down to the grave does not return.
10 He will never come to his house again;
his place will know him no more.
11 “Therefore I will not keep silent;
I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit,
I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
12 Am I the sea, or the monster of the deep,
that you put me under guard?
13 When I think my bed will comfort me
and my couch will ease my complaint,
14 even then you frighten me with dreams
and terrify me with visions,
15 so that I prefer strangling and death,
rather than this body of mine.
16 I despise my life; I would not live forever.
Let me alone; my days have no meaning.
17 “What is mankind that you make so much of them,
that you give them so much attention,
18 that you examine them every morning
and test them every moment?
19 Will you never look away from me,
or let me alone even for an instant?
20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you,
you who see everything we do?
Why have you made me your target?
Have I become a burden to you?
21 Why do you not pardon my offenses
and forgive my sins?
For I will soon lie down in the dust;
you will search for me, but I will be no more.”
Notes on Job 7
“In the second part of this speech Job leaves off addressing the comforters and speaks directly to God. After lamenting his fate, Job details his own physical agony and bemoans the hard lot of humanity in general. He complains bitterly to God for treating him so harshly, and he reminds God that he will soon die. Then he seeks to motivate God to ease his sufferings for the few days he has left before dying. He reasons that anything that he might have done could not have harmed God and that after his death God will seek him eagerly, but not be able to find him. That Job speaks realistically about his pains here, in contrast to the unrealistic wish never to have been born that he uttered in his curse-lament (ch. 3), means that he is beginning to cope with his real situation. He is reaching beyond his despair to find reconciliation with God. This section is arranged in four subsections alternating between a lament and a petition.” (John Hartley)
Section 1-Lament (Vs. 1-6) Job grieves over how difficult life is. Not only is the labor hard but life also had the difficult component of waiting. It is like a slave longing for the night so that work is over or a worker waiting for his wages. Job tells us that waiting through this painful ordeal has been so hard and especially as the night drags on and on and morning seems like it will not come. His physical condition makes the night even harder. He awakes in the morning to find that worms have made a home in his scabs and now his skin is breaking and oozing. It is a painful and dreadful picture. The night drags on but the days fly by like a shuttle of a weaver. His days begin and end in hopelessness.
Section 2- Petition (Vs. 7-10) “Job’s request is simple and basic; he longs to experience again the joys of normal life before death robs him of life. V.7- Remember. This imperative signals that Job is now addressing God directly. Job hopes that God will respond to his present dilemma in conformity with his prior commitments to him. To one who fears God it means that God will act toward him compassionately, will cease being silent, and will become involved in the petitioner’s deliverance. my life is a mere breath, a vapor that quickly vanishes. That is, Job wishes that God would become mindful of the transient nature of his life and also realize that his servant is close to the limits of what his body can bear.V.7 My eyes will not again experience pleasure. Job is most fearful that if God does not intervene he will never again experience the pleasant side of life.”
Job wants to make sure that God knows how urgent his request really is. His life is but a breath. If God is not careful He will look and Job’s life will be over and he will no longer be seen. That makes his request of God “to remember” even more heartbreaking.
Section 3-Lament (Vs. 11-16)
Job gives his lament voice, “Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul. v.11
“Sorrow from an affliction is suffered in the depths of one’s being, and the tongue is the sole avenue for releasing that anguish. He who laments freely has the hope that his words will touch God’s compassion, moving God to deliver him.” John Hartley, The Book of Job
There is no comfort for Job in his bed because when he starts to fall asleep he is terrified by the dreams that he has. (vs. 13-14) Job despises his meaningless life and declares that being strangled is better than to continue in his body (vs. 15).
Job spouts that he isn’t a monster that God has to guard and watch (vs.12). And then in vs.17-18
that feeling intensifies with Job crying to God, why do you focus so much on mankind and give them all of this attention? Job doesn’t stop there but tells God that it is uncomfortable having to submit to examinations every morning and feeling like you are being tested every moment.
Section 4- Petition (Vs. 19-21) Job closes this speech with a list of intense petitions. He asks God one question after another looking for relief.
19 Will you never look away from me, or let me alone even for an instant?
20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you, you who see everything we do? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you? 21 Why do you not pardon my offenses and forgive my sins?
Week Two – Day 8
Cycle 1- Bildah the Shuhite’s speaks
8:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:
2 “How long will you say such things?
Your words are a blustering wind.
3 Does God pervert justice?
Does the Almighty pervert what is right?
4 When your children sinned against him,
he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.
5 But if you will seek God earnestly
and plead with the Almighty,
6 if you are pure and upright,
even now he will rouse himself on your behalf
and restore you to your prosperous state.
7 Your beginnings will seem humble,
so prosperous will your future be.
8 “Ask the former generation
and find out what their ancestors learned,
9 for we were born only yesterday and know nothing,
and our days on earth are but a shadow.
10 Will they not instruct you and tell you?
Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?
11 Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh?
Can reeds thrive without water?
12 While still growing and uncut,
they wither more quickly than grass.
13 Such is the destiny of all who forget God;
so perishes the hope of the godless.
14 What they trust in is fragile[a];
what they rely on is a spider’s web.
15 They lean on the web, but it gives way;
they cling to it, but it does not hold.
16 They are like a well-watered plant in the sunshine,
spreading its shoots over the garden;
17 it entwines its roots around a pile of rocks
and looks for a place among the stones.
18 But when it is torn from its spot,
that place disowns it and says, ‘I never saw you.’
19 Surely its life withers away,
and from the soil other plants grow.
20 “Surely God does not reject one who is blameless
or strengthen the hands of evildoers.
21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter
and your lips with shouts of joy.
22 Your enemies will be clothed in shame,
and the tents of the wicked will be no more.”
Notes on Job 8
“Bildad is Job’s second friend to speak. He may be younger than Eliphaz, but more likely all the comforters are similar in age, mature and responsible elders with whom a few years makes little difference. The order of speaking is based on their status and their eloquence rather than their age.
‘Bildad’s thesis is that all God’s ways are just (v. 3). This conviction rests solidly on the teaching of the fathers (vv. 8– 10) and on the ways of nature (vv. 11– 19). Bildad expounds and defends this inherited tradition to the questioning Job. In this regard Bildad is a champion of “old-time” religion. He delineates categories sharply. Without any exceptions, the righteous are blessed and the wicked are punished. Any apparent exception is momentary; justice will quickly prevail, reversing these appearances. Nevertheless, Bildad shows some concern for Job in that he desires the restoration of Job’s status and wealth.” (John Hartley)
God’s justice (vv. 1– 7)
Verse 2,“How long will you say such things? Your words are a blustering wind”. Bildad addresses Job with anger. He is not just mad that Job has said such things but how long will Job continue to do so. Bildad sarcastically tells Job that his speech is full of hot air or a blustering wind.
In contrast everything God does is upright. Bildad questions Job, Does God pervert justice?
Does the Almighty pervert what is right?
“Working from the premise that God does not pervert justice, Bildad states that whoever experiences calamity has sinned. If your sons sinned against him. Specifically, since Job’s children have died in a disaster, they must have sinned against God. he has released them into the power of their transgression, i.e., sinful deeds produce their own punishment. Therefore, God is surely just in regard to their death. Bildad proves to be too insensitive to Job’s anguish to avoid using his illustration of God’s ways.” (John Hartley)
Bildad attacks Job with his children’s death in vs. 4. He then goes on the tell Job but if you even now earnestly seek God and are upright, then God will restore your fortune and prosper you.
2. Evidence for God’s justice (vv. 8– 19)
a. teaching of tradition (vv. 8– 10) Bildad says that the former generations will confirm what he is telling Job. Acting humble he states we hardly know anything and we should let our elders instruct us. If Job wants to be restored then he better begin by listening to his elders.
b. illustrations from nature (vv. 11– 19) 1st illustration- Those who forget God are like the papyrus without water. Though the plant grows tall and is very useful, it can be gone in a day without water.
2nd illustration- Everyone puts there trust somewhere. For those who do not know God what they trust in is like a spider web that gives if you put any weight on it.
3. Conclusion and application (vv. 20– 22)
Bildad moves toward his closing arguments. “Surely God does not reject one who is blameless…He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.”
Bildad does not want to hear Job speak of his innocence or how God let him down again.
“In his conclusion Bildad offers Job a measure of hope. If Job is truly blameless, he will be vindicated and he will experience festive joy again, and, moreover, his enemies will be shamed. This backdoor support, however, is a long way from the commitment to his personal integrity and the rightness of his case that Job so desperately needs. Upset by Job’s lament and aware that suffering is evidence of wrongdoing, Bildad definitely rejects Job’s argument, but he has not yet decided whether Job is righteous or wicked. Sadly he fails to stand with his friend during the time of his greatest need.” (John Hartley)
Week Two – Day 9
Cycle One- Job’s reply to Bildad
9:1 Then Job replied:
2 “Indeed, I know that this is true.
But how can mere mortals prove their innocence before God?
3 Though they wished to dispute with him,
they could not answer him one time out of a thousand.
4 His wisdom is profound, his power is vast.
Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?
5 He moves mountains without their knowing it and overturns them in his anger.
6 He shakes the earth from its place
and makes its pillars tremble.
7 He speaks to the sun and it does not shine;
he seals off the light of the stars.
8 He alone stretches out the heavens
and treads on the waves of the sea.
9 He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion,
the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.
10 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
miracles that cannot be counted.
11 When he passes me, I cannot see him;
when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.
12 If he snatches away, who can stop him?
Who can say to him, ‘What are you doing?’
13 God does not restrain his anger;
even the cohorts of Rahab cowered at his feet.
14 “How then can I dispute with him?
How can I find words to argue with him?
15 Though I were innocent, I could not answer him;
I could only plead with my Judge for mercy.
16 Even if I summoned him and he responded,
I do not believe he would give me a hearing.
17 He would crush me with a storm
and multiply my wounds for no reason.
18 He would not let me catch my breath
but would overwhelm me with misery.
19 If it is a matter of strength, he is mighty!
And if it is a matter of justice, who can challenge him?
20 Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me;
if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.
21 “Although I am blameless,
I have no concern for myself;
I despise my own life.
22 It is all the same; that is why I say,
‘He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.’
23 When a scourge brings sudden death,
he mocks the despair of the innocent.
24 When a land falls into the hands of the wicked,
he blindfolds its judges.
If it is not he, then who is it?
25 “My days are swifter than a runner;
they fly away without a glimpse of joy.
26 They skim past like boats of papyrus,
like eagles swooping down on their prey.
27 If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint,
I will change my expression, and smile,’
28 I still dread all my sufferings,
for I know you will not hold me innocent.
29 Since I am already found guilty,
why should I struggle in vain?
30 Even if I washed myself with soap
and my hands with cleansing powder,
31 you would plunge me into a slime pit
so that even my clothes would detest me.
32 “He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him,
that we might confront each other in court.
33 If only there were someone to mediate between us,
someone to bring us together,
34 someone to remove God’s rod from me,
so that his terror would frighten me no more.
35 Then I would speak up without fear of him,
but as it now stands with me, I cannot.
Notes on Job 9
“The language of the court dominates the first part. Here Job ponders the possibility of challenging his plaintiff,
God, to enter into debate in order that the causes of God’s hostility against him may be faced and removed.
Since his case never comes to the docket of the court, he is enduring punishment as though he had already
been sentenced. The delay of his trial is thus a grave injustice. But believing in God’s commitment to justice,
he wishes to enter into litigation and resolve the conflict. His resolve quickly wavers, however, as he meditates
on God’s majestic power and marvelous wisdom as expressed in the hymnic lines. He realizes that God may
do as he wishes; no force can restrain him. In despair, but not giving up, Job takes up a lament in the second
part.” (John Hartley)
The question that Job asks is, “How can mere mortals prove their innocence before God?”(vs.2) Job
does not know how to hang on to his innocence and enter into God’s courtroom. In verse 3 he speaks of
wanting to dispute with God. The word, “dispute” here means enter into litigation. But Job is asking how would
you litigate against someone who is so wise and powerful as God.
Vs. 14-15, “How then can I dispute with him? How can I find words to argue with him?
Though I were innocent, I could not answer him; I could only plead with my Judge for mercy.
Vs. 20, Even if I were innocent, my mouth would condemn me;
if I were blameless, it would pronounce me guilty.
We the readers know that it is Job’s righteousness that has prompted all the suffering that Job has
experienced, but Job has no idea how to clear himself before his friends or rather his accusers. The only
courtroom he feels he can enter to prove his innocence before his friends is the courtroom of God. But Job is
saying even if he entered that courtroom he would not be able to argue his case, and he would be unable to
even open his mouth. His own mouth, he is afraid would condemn him.
27 If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will change my expression, and smile,’
28 I still dread all my sufferings,for I know you will not hold me innocent.
29 Since I am already found guilty,why should I struggle in vain?
Job moves from wanting to prove his innocence to dropping his legal complaint. It would be better to smile and
and not struggle if he is never going to be able to prove his innocence. Job asks himself why should I struggle
in vain? But the thing that is so hard is that no matter what happens he is still suffering without relief and he
feels a dread because of all of the suffering.
Job now comes to a turning point. Could he find someone who would mediate for him before God?
33 If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together,
34 someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more.
35 Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot.
Job longs for an arbitrator who could serve as his go-between, communicating with this mighty and holy God.
He’s wishing for one who could argue his case. Job would love to present his case in God’s court, but he
doesn’t have a mediator. He is saying, in effect, “I would love to come and stand before the holy Judge, this
God of mine, but I can’t do it. He’s not a man to come to me, and I don’t have in myself what it takes to come
before Him. I need a mediator, a go-between. Is there an arbitrator available?”
The late G. Campbell Morgan writes: The cry of Job was born of a double consciousness which at the moment
was mastering him; first, that of the appalling greatness and majesty of God; and secondly, that of his own
comparative littleness. This was not the question of a man who had dismissed God from his life and from the
universe, and was living merely upon the earth level. It was rather the cry of a man who knew God, and was
overwhelmed by the sense of His greatness. . . . Over against that was the sense of own comparative
smallness. He felt he could not get to this God. He was altogether small.
It is as though Job had said: There is no umpire, there is no arbiter, there is no one who can stand between us,
interpreting each to the other; me to God, and God to me. There is no one to lay his hand upon us. . . .
Job’s cry for a mediator was ultimately answered in Jesus. Reflect on the words written in 1Timothy,
Vs. 5-6, “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,
who gave himself as a ransom for all people.”
Week Two – Day 10
Cycle One- Job’s reply to Bildad
10:1 “I loathe my very life;
therefore I will give free rein to my
and speak out in the bitterness of my soul.
2 I say to God: Do not declare me guilty,
but tell me what charges you have against
3 Does it please you to oppress me,
to spurn the work of your hands,
while you smile on the plans of the wicked?
4 Do you have eyes of flesh?
Do you see as a mortal sees?
5 Are your days like those of a mortal
or your years like those of a strong man,
6 that you must search out my faults
and probe after my sin—
7 though you know that I am not guilty
and that no one can rescue me from your
8 “Your hands shaped me and made me.
Will you now turn and destroy me?
9 Remember that you molded me like clay.
Will you now turn me to dust again?
10 Did you not pour me out like milk
and curdle me like cheese,
11 clothe me with skin and flesh
and knit me together with bones and
12 You gave me life and showed me
and in your providence watched over my
13 “But this is what you concealed in your
and I know that this was in your mind:
14 If I sinned, you would be watching me
and would not let my offense go
15 If I am guilty—woe to me!
Even if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head,
for I am full of shame
and drowned in my affliction.
16 If I hold my head high, you stalk me like a
and again display your awesome power
17 You bring new witnesses against me
and increase your anger toward me;
your forces come against me wave upon
18 “Why then did you bring me out of the
I wish I had died before any eye saw me.
19 If only I had never come into being,
or had been carried straight from the womb
to the grave!
20 Are not my few days almost over?
Turn away from me so I can have a
21 before I go to the place of no return,
to the land of gloom and utter darkness,
22 to the land of deepest night,
of utter darkness and disorder,
where even the light is like darkness.”
Notes on Job 10
“Job turns from his search for ways to clear himself and laments his affliction. The core of this lament is an accusation against a friend who has proven disloyal. Job’s charges against God flow out of conflicting emotions: fear, frustration, anger, and bitter disappointment. He is revealing his distaste at the way God has allowed him to be tested. Unnerved by God’s apparent disloyalty, he feels so disgraced that he cannot even lift up his head in public. He concludes that God is either an incompetent judge or a malicious tyrant bent on torturing him without letting him have any rest, not even in Sheol. But God is such a powerful opponent that Job feels there is no way for his misfortune to be changed.” (John Hartley)
Vs. 1-3 Job begins to vent and let all the bitterness that has been building up in his soul out. He is not restraining his emotions or his tongue. He says he will give free rein to his complaining. Immediately Job approaches the subject that is bothering him the most. He pleads with God to tell him what he has done wrong,”Tell me what charges you have against me”. He asks God if He is happy to see him so miserable. It is interesting that Job moves from addressing his friends to addressing God directly.
Vs. 4-7 “In this anguished prayer, Job turns to God and asks, “Have You somehow limited Your wisdom so that You see life as a mere mortal does? Have You lost Your ability to act as the wise and loving God You once were? Is that why You put me through this? Have You somehow allowed Yourself to think and act like a man?”(Ray Stedman)
Vs. 8-12 Job asks God how can you create me, mold and shape me and then destroy me? To Job it makes no sense that God would give him life and watch over that life to then take that same life later. God clothed Job with skin and knit his bones together but then why would God then pour him out like milk.
Vs. 13-15 Job imagines that God had planned what happened to him but had hidden it in his heart. He goes on to say that God is watching him to see if he sins. Job says his guilt or innocence won’t even matter because Job has so much shame from his suffering that he cant even lift his head
Vs. 16-17 Job hangs his head and feels like he is being followed. New witnesses keep coming against him. How can he hold up his head when wave after wave of attacks keep coming. No one Job says can stand when God’s awesome power comes against them.
Vs. 18-19 “Why then did you bring me out of the womb?I wish I had died before any eye saw me. If only I had never come into being,or had been carried straight from the womb to the grave! Job expresses the wish that he had never been born.
Vs. 20-22 Job tells God, “turn your attention away from me so I can have some relief.” He thinks that hell must be awaiting him and so any joy must be seized now.
“So Job’s question seems reasonable: “Why then did you bring me out of the womb?” (v. 18). Job’s existence on the earth seemed so purposeless he begged God to give him a few moments of peace and happiness before his life ended. He could see his life going by swiftly (7:6–7; 9:25–26), and there was not a moment to waste. “Let me alone,” he prays, “so that I can have a little comfort before I go to the world of darkness.”
Job could not understand what God was doing, and it was important that he not understand. Had Job known that God was using him as a weapon to defeat Satan, he could have simply sat back and waited trustfully for the battle to end. But as Job surveyed himself and his situation, he asked the same question the disciples asked when Mary anointed the Lord Jesus: “Why this waste?” (Mark 14:4). Before we criticize Job too severely, let’s recall how many times we have asked that question ourselves when a baby has died or a promising young person was killed in an accident. (Warren Wiersbe)