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Chapter 1


During the years 1643-1666 (almost 24 years) Joseph Caryl, a Congregationalist minister who was present at The Westminster Assembly, preached some 250 lectures on Job! In the final lecture he apologizes, saying: "I have not attained so clear an understanding of some passages…" That may be your verdict on Job, too. You have read it, but what does it mean?

There is perhaps no greater, and...

Affliction in Verse

So why should we study the book of Job? Answer: We should study the book of Job because if yours is nothing more than a fair-weather faith, a Christianity that lives only in the constant sunshine, what will happen when the storm hits and the shadows obscure the light? Is your fear of God resilient and enduring even in those seasons when you are made to walk through...

Affliction in Verse

You may recall last time we considered the opening five verses of Job 1 and we were introduced to Job and his family. We saw them living in contentment and joy together and we noticed there were a number of convictions and habits that were operating in Job’s life that built in some resilience and some strength of character that enabled him, and that will enable him as...

Chapter 2


Job has lost everything! His livelihood, his possessions, and more poignantly, his childrenѕ all ten of them in one swoop!

It is difficult to imagine a greater trial than that. But, Job’s response has been breathtaking: he has responded by saying:

Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;...

Chapter 3


Job has grieving for seven days. Three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar have joined him, but have thus far said nothing (2:13). There are times when words fail. There are times when silence is the best therapy.

But then comes chapter 3! Here we encounter a darkness of the soul that will shock some who read it. "Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of...

Affliction in Verse

The book of Job. We have been introduced to Job in the opening chapters of the book as a remarkable man of God who has been terribly afflicted in the mysterious, sovereign purposes of the Lord. God has given permission to Satan to assail Job and all his riches have been stripped away, his ten children killed, his wife holds him in contempt. And his so-called friends, when...

Chapter 4


Job’s friends have so far said nothing. They have sat in silence with Job as he grieved the loss of his children, and felt the pain take hold of his body (2:11-13). Sometimes it is right to say nothing.

But the situation changes from this point onwards. Job’s friends can keep their peace no more. What is it that they say? There are some subtle nuances...

Chapter 8

Affliction in Verse

We have been working through the book of Job on Sunday evenings together and you will remember that Job is sitting with his three friends in the ashes, in the ruins of his life, amidst great grief and terrible loss. And the large, central section of the book of Job that runs from chapter 3 all the way through chapter 37, is taken up with a series of...


How I wish we had an arbitrator to step in and let me get on with life— To break God’s grip on me, to free me from this terror so I could breathe again. Then I’d speak up and state my case boldly. As things stand, there is no way I can do it. (1) Thus Eugene Peterson renders...

Chapter 11

Affliction in Verse

And you remember the situation. Job has become the object of Satan’s attacks under the mysterious permission of the sovereign Lord. His children are dead, his wife has deserted him, his home and his business lie in ruins, his health has collapsed; he’s left sitting in the ashes of his former life, mourning and pouring out his confusion before God as he scrapes the sores on his skin...

Chapter 15

Affliction in Verse

As we have read through the book of Job together, we have been confronted with the nature of Job's trials, his loss, and his grief. We need to keep those in our minds, especially as the book unfolds. We ought never to overlook his physical pains – his illness, his acute suffering in his body. But the major attention of the book, as we get into these central...

Chapter 16


Those who have suffered great loss will tell you: they coped whenever the trial first came; it is when it refuses to go away that the trouble begins.

My pain is not relieved…it does not go away. (16:6)

My spirit is broken…(17:1)

Job has begun to think the unthinkable. He has begun to think that God has become his enemyѕ that God...

Chapter 18

Affliction in Verse

Last Sunday evening, we began the second cycle of speeches that comprise the large, central section of the book of Job. This is round two, if you like. And so last time in chapter 15, remember, Eliphaz had his second swing at Job. And tonight, we’re going to hear a second time from Bildad and again from Zophar; Bildad in chapter 18, Zophar in chapter 20. And our...

Chapter 22

Affliction in Verse

Now if you would take a Bible and turn with me to the book of Job as we continue our overview of the teaching of the book of Job. You remember the situation. Job is suffering terribly and his three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, have showed up and after seven days of sitting in silence, they've begun to offer their point of view, their perspective, to try...

Chapter 27

Affliction in Verse

One of my favorite Presbyterian stories that I often use when we celebrate one of our children reciting the catechism was told by B.B. Warfield, the great 19th  century Princeton theologian. You’ve heard it from me now more than once, but I needed an illustration, and since I couldn’t think of any except this one, you’re going to hear it from me again. Warfield tells the story of...

Chapter 28


There is a hymn, the second verse of which goes like this:

He formed the stars, those heavenly flames, He counts their numbers, calls their names; His wisdom’s vast, and knows no bound, A deep where all our thoughts are drowned.

This is Isaac Watts’ attempt to render a part of Psalm 147 into verse. "His wisdom’s...

Chapter 32


The three friends have been reduced to silence; they are all "talked out." They have failed in their attempt to get Job to say, "This is all my fault!"

Suddenly, we learn that there is a fourth counselor present, — Elihu by name and younger than either Bildad, Zophar or Eliphaz. Until now, he has been silent, but anger explodes ѕ both at the three inept...

Affliction in Verse

Alright, so you see his position. “A pox on both your houses. You’re all wrong.” He adopts that tertium quid, that third way. He has an alternative perspective for us. And in chapters 33 through 37, he outlines that third way in answer to Job’s sufferings. Essentially, he sets out to deal with three complaints that Job himself has articulated over the course of his debate with his...

Chapter 38

Affliction in Verse

But in this penultimate section of the book, all of that is about to change. Now the whirlwind has begun to blow. This is no longer a discussion, you see, about God; now, suddenly, God Himself begins to speak. And Job has at least something of an answer. You will remember that Job has been longing for this moment. He has been lamenting and complaining that God would...


Asaph, the Jerusalem choir-director, found himself in a similar position to Job. Wickedness was rewarded and godliness punished; or, so it seemed to Asaph. Life did not make a great deal of sense. "When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me," (Psa 73:16) he confessed. Trying to make sense of God’s ways in this world gave him a headache!

Job is aching...

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