Dave Burnette's Commentary

Job Chapter 19

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's Second Discussion (v 1-29)

Job 19 Commentary

(19:3-5) A Failure to Encourage  - It is easy to point out someone else's faults or sins. Job's friends accused him of sin and made him feel guilty. As a result, they failed to encourage or correct him in a way that he could hear or accept. If we feel we must admonish someone, we should be sure we are confronting that person because we love them, not because we are annoyed, inconvenienced, or seeking to lay guilt or blame on them.

(19:6) Job's Misconception - Job felt that God was treating him as an enemy when, in fact, God was his friend and thought highly of him (1:8; 2:3). In his difficulty, Job pointed at the wrong person. It was Satan, not God, who was Job's enemy. Because they stressed ultimate causes, most Israelites believed that both good and evil came from God; they also thought people were always responsible for what happened to them. But the evil power loose in this world accounts for much of the suffering we experience. In 19:7, Job describes how he continued to cry out to be heard by God.

(19:25-27) Our Redeemer - At the heart of the book of Job comes his ringing affirmation of confidence: "I know that my redeemer liveth." In ancient Israel, a redeemer was a family member who bought a slave's way to freedom or who took care of a widow (see the note on Ruth 3:1-9). What tremendous faith Job had, especially in light of the fact that he was unaware of the conference between God and Satan. Job thought that God had brought all these disasters upon him! Faced with death and decay, Job still expected to see God--and he expected to do so in his body. When the book of Job was written, Israel did not have a well-developed doctrine of the resurrection. Although Job struggled with the idea that God was presently against him, he firmly believed that in the end God would be on his side. This belief was so strong that Job became one of the first to talk about the resurrection of the body (see also Psalm 16:10; Isaiah 26:19; Daniel 12:2, 13).

(19:26) Job Has Faith - Job said, "In my flesh shall I see God." In Job's situation, it seemed unlikely that he would, in his flesh, see God. And that's just the point of Job's faith! He was confident that God's justice would triumph, even if it would take a miracle like resurrection to accomplish this.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Our Trials Reveal what We Truly Believe

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 19. In our text today we see Job again replying to his friends and see and example of the wrong way to treat others in need as well as how to respond when we go through the trials of life. In making application what catches my eye is Job's comment of how His redeemer liveth. When we come to the end of ourselves we face the true test of our faith and what we truly belive. No one wants trials but in trials we see who we really are. Many have died so you can read a Bible. They were tested and died for their faith because they truly belived in our Lord. How about you? Is you faith just lip-service or do you really belive what you claim? Let us learn from our text today and the life of Job to remember that our trials reveal what we truly believe.


Job 19

Job 19

 1Then Job answered and said,

 2How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?

 3These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to me.

 4And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself.

 5If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach:

 6Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net.

 7Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.

 8He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths.

 9He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.

 10He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree.

 11He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies.

 12His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle.

 13He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me.

 14My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.

 15They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight.

 16I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I intreated him with my mouth.

 17My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children's sake of mine own body.

 18Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me.

 19All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned against me.

 20My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.

 21Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.

 22Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?

 23Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

 24That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!

 25For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

 26And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

 27Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

 28But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?

 29Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.