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In Case You Missed It -- Job 9-10, Psalm 106

Job becomes feistier with his friends today and more accusatory towards God. Job’s basic line of argument today is that God should, “Turn away from me so I can have a moment’s joy.” Why should God do this?

Job’s argument works like this: God is more righteous than Job, so Job cannot hope to claim complete innocence before God. God is also wiser than Job and would win any argument. God is stronger than Job, thus he cannot defend himself physically against God. Finally, there is no one who can mediate or arbitrate a disagreement between Job and God, so Job is basically helpless in his suffering. Since this all is true, Job wonders why God would do such a thing to one whom God created. Job just wants God to give some relief, and he appeals in hope that God will love His creation enough to cut some slack.

Through this entire speech, Job demonstrates heightened frustration with God. One question from Job gets at the heart of the matter: “Does it please you to oppress me, to spurn the work of your hands, while you smile on the plans of the wicked?” (Job 10:3) We will have to wait for Job to receive some clarity on this question.

Jeremiah Vaught