Beyond Today Bible Commentary: Job

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Introduction to Job

Job pious and prosperous, perseveres through trials

Job's initial lament

Eliphaz's first speech: the innocent do not suffer

Job's response: pleading for comfort

Bildad's first speech: God does not reject the blameless

Job's response: how can a man contend with God?

Zophar's first speech: Job needs to repent

Job's response: rather than seek answers of his worthless friends, Job would seek them of God

Eliphaz's second speech: It is the wicked who suffer endlessly, defy God and lose all they have

Job's response: his friends are miserable comforters

Bildad's second speech: the wicked are wiped out

Job's response: laments suffering but trusts in his Redeemer and resurrection

Zophar's second speech: the heritage of the wicked

Job's response: the wicked often prosper

Eliphaz's third speech: false charges against Job

Job's response: God would find him innocent, why do the innocent suffer and the guilty get away with it?

Bildad's third speech: how can man be righteous before God?, Job's response: Bildad has been useless in helping Job and in explaining God

ob's response continued: those who mistreat him are wicked and will be judged, wisdom comes only from God

Job's summary discourse: he was blessed and respected but is now mocked and devastated

Job's summary discourse concludes: he is innocent

Elihu's first speech: suffering is to teach and save men

Elihu's second and third speeches: defends God's justice

Elihu's fourth speech: further defense of God and proclamation of the Creator's vast power and wisdom

God's first discourse: he rules and tends the universe

God's first discourse continued: he rules and tends the animal world, first discourse concludes: will Job correct God, Job's first response to God: he has no answer

God's second discourse: does Job think he can do a better job of being God?, Behemoth and Leviathan

Job repents and is restored and blessed