Dave Burnette's Commentary

Job Chapter 5

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Unknown, possibly Job, Moses, Solomon, and Elihu
Date Penned: (2000-1800 BC)
Overview: Faith in God's Sovereignty Through Trials (c 1-42)
Theme: Three Friends Answer Job (c 3-31)
Message: Eliphaz Speaks (v 1-27)

Job 5 Commentary

(5:8) A False Assumption -  All three of Job's friends made the mistake of assuming Job had committed some great sin that had caused his suffering. Neither they nor Job knew of Satan's conversation with God (1:6-2:6). It is human nature to blame people for their own troubles, but Job's story makes it clear that blame cannot always be attached to those whom trouble strikes.

(5:3) Caught in Our Own Traps - Paul later quoted part of this verse (1 Corinthians 3:19)- the only time Job is clearly quoted in the New Testament. Although God rebuked Eliphaz for being wrong in his advice to Job (Job 42:7), not all he said was in error. The part Paul quoted was correct--people are often caught in their own traps ("in their own craftiness"). This illustrates how Scripture must be used to explain and comment on itself. We must be familiar with the entire scope of God's Word to properly understand the difficult portions of it.

(5:7-26) Pain Helps Us Grow - Eliphaz's words in 5:17-18 show a view of discipline that has been almost forgotten: Pain can help us grow. These are good words to remember when we face hardship and loss. Because Job did not understand why he suffered, his faith in God had a chance to grow. On the other hand, we must not make Eliphaz's mistake. God does not eliminate all hardship when we are following him closely, and good behavior is not always rewarded by prosperity. Rewards for good and punishment for evil are in God's hands and given out according to his timetable. Satan's ploy is to get us to doubt God's love and faithfulness toward us.. Eliphaz was correct -it is a blessing to be disciplined by God when we do wrong. Eliphaz's advice, however, did not apply to Job. As we know from the beginning of the book, Job's suffering was not a result of some great sin. We sometimes give people excellent advice only to learn that it does not apply to them and is therefore not very helpful. All who offer counsel from God's Word should take care to thoroughly understand a person's situation before giving advice.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Personally Apply God's Word

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Job with Chapter 5. In our text today we see Eliphaz continuing his speech to Job sharing truths from the Word of God but continue to make wrong assumptions. In making application we see the need to preach or proclaim the truth but to make a personal application verses a projected application. We will be judged by God personally so personal application is needed when dividing the Word of God. Yes, preach the Word, preach against sin, preach on the results of sin, then allow the Lord to convict. It takes Holy Ghost Conviction to bring a person to a place of repentance. How about you? Do you make personal application of God's Word to your sin? Let us learn from our text today and the mistakes of Eliphaz to remember to make personal application to the Word of God.


Job 5

Job 5

 1Call now, if there be any that will answer thee; and to which of the saints wilt thou turn?

 2For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.

 3I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

 4His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.

 5Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, and taketh it even out of the thorns, and the robber swalloweth up their substance.

 6Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;

 7Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

 8I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:

 9Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:

 10Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields:

 11To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.

 12He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.

 13He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.

 14They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope in the noonday as in the night.

 15But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.

 16So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth.

 17Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:

 18For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.

 19He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.

 20In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword.

 21Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.

 22At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.

 23For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.

 24And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin.

 25Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth.

 26Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season.

 27Lo this, we have searched it, so it is; hear it, and know thou it for thy good.