MOCK ON: In ct to other verbs in vv 2,3, this is
singular -- directed at Zophar alone.
"I am not calling you in question -- so why are you so angry
Vv 5,6: "My remarks will completely confound you. In fact,
they bothered me when I first recognized them..."
INCREASING IN POWER: "Comforted in riches"
AS A FLOCK: A multitude, carefree, secure, and
exuberant (Psa 107:14).
IN PEACE (IN AN INSTANT): A quick, easy death; no
misery of a protracted illness, as Job must suffer.
The wicked did openly what Job had refused to do, even under
extreme provocation: ie "Renounce God" (Job 2:9,10).
"Behold, is not their prosperity in their own hands?" -- a
question in RSV.
Vv 17,18 are questions: "How often?" The expected answer is:
"Not very often".
GOD: God is not in the original.
Each man should be punished for his own sins.
To punish a man's house after his death would be
CAN ANYONE TEACH KNOWLEDGE TO GOD?: When one attempts
to say how God should act, he is in effect "improving upon" God!
SINCE HE JUDGES EVEN THE HIGHEST: A foolish suggestion,
since God controls even the most highly-exalted of His creatures.
Only in the dust do the wicked and righteous meet equally (cp
Vv 27-34: In listening to the crude and insulting words of
Zophar, it becomes apparent to Job that his friends are not interested in
objective truth, and certainly not in comforting him, but rather in attacking
him, personally and individually. They have obviously envied him from a
distance, and now that he is in "trouble", they mock his previous wealth ("the
great man's house": v 28). And in their limited and narrow view of things, they
generalize from their supposed "wisdom" in observation of the very specific. If
only they had talked with those who had traveled and thus had wider knowledge of
human affairs (v 29), then they would know that -- contrary to their theory --
suffering often overtakes the righteous, while the wicked live long and
prosperous lives (vv 30-33).
"I realize you are pointing the finger at me!"
SWEET TO HIM: As sweet as it is to the
ALL MEN FOLLOW AFTER HIM: That is, he has many
imitators (Ecc 4:15,16).