Dave Burnette's Commentary

Job Chapter 10

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: Job Speaks (v 1-22)

Job 10 Commentary

(10:1) Job Feels Sorry for Himself - Job began to wallow in self-pity. When we face baffling affliction, our pain lures us toward feeling sorry for ourselves. At this point we are only one step from self-righteousness, where we keep track of life's injustices and say, "Look what happened to me--it's so unfair!" We may feel like blaming God. Remember that life's trials, whether allowed by God or sent by God, can be the means for development and refinement. When facing trials, think, What can I learn, and how can I grow? rather than Who did this to me, and how can I get out of it?

(10:13-14) Job's False Conclusion - In frustration, Job jumped to the false conclusion that God was out to get him. Wrong assumptions lead to wrong conclusions. We dare not take our limited experiences and jump to conclusions about life in general. If you find yourself doubting God, remember that you don't have all the facts. God wants what is best for your life, and he can use even the worst situations to accomplish his purposes. Many people endure great pain but later find that some greater good ultimately came from it. When you're struggling, don't assume the worst.

(10:20-22) Joe's View on Death - Job was expressing the view of the afterlife common in Old Testament times, that the dead went to a joyless, dark place called Sheol. Those in Sheol received no punishment or reward, and there was no escape. (See 19:25-27 for a broader picture of Job's view of death.) The New Testament presents hope for heaven and eternal life with Christ (John 3:16; 5:24-29).

Dave Burnette's Life Application

In His Timing

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 10. In our text today we see Job continuing to speak to God. In his situation Job comes to a conclusion that God is out to get him because of his circumstances. In making application we see that we are warned of drawing conclusions by judging our circumstances. Our ways are not God's ways so we need to be cautious of drawing conclusions before God shows us His plan for our lives. How about you? Do you draw conclusions before the Lord can reveal His total plan to you? Let us learn from our text today and the life of Job to be careful to not draw conclusions on what God is doing but have faith, trust Him, and let God reveal His plan for our lives in His timing.


Job 10

Job 10

 1My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

 2I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.

 3Is it good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?

 4Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth?

 5Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man's days,

 6That thou enquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my sin?

 7Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand.

 8Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.

 9Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?

 10Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?

 11Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.

 12Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.

 13And these things hast thou hid in thine heart: I know that this is with thee.

 14If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.

 15If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction;

 16For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me.

 17Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine indignation upon me; changes and war are against me.

 18Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!

 19I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.

 20Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,

 21Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;

 22A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.