Dave Burnette's Commentary

Job Chapter 24

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 Third Discussion (v 1-30)

Job 24 Commentary

(24:3) Entrapment - A common practice for securing a personal loan was taking possession of something the borrower owned. This protected the person making the loan to ensure that they would be paid back. This could be done unjustly if they took a tool or animal that the borrower needed to earn the money to pay back the loan. When Moses was giving regulations for living, he said, "No man shall take the nether or the upper millstone to pledge: for he taketh a man's life to pledge" (Deuteronomy 24:6). A borrower needs a way to pay back their loan. To entrap people in debt is unjust. Job had always been a just man, and he was frustrated that his acts of justice seemed to be repaid with suffering while those who twisted justice often seemed to get away with it.


(24:3-17) The Light - People rebelling against God prefer darkness to light. They want their sinful actions to remain hidden. But Jesus said, "For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad" (Mark 4:22). Paul declared, "Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness" (1 Thessalonians 5:5). Live as though all your actions were out in the open. That is how Job had lived, and he was confused as to why God didn't seem to have noticed, but he had faith that God would vindicate him in the end.


(24:18-21) Job States His Position - Job suddenly seemed to be arguing on his friends' side. But we shouldn't expect Job to present a unified argument. He was confused. He was not arguing that in every case God rewards the wicked and punishes the righteous; he was simply asserting that in his case a righteous man was suffering.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Yield to the Truth

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 24. In our text today we see Job addressing the course of the wicked as they experience grace and seem to go unpunished, then are faced with the truth of their sin, to end up in destruction and death. In making application we see the same path of sin today. Living in the Church Age and a time where the Lord extends grace to the sinner. We see the sinner presented with the truth and forgiveness through Christ. Sadly they reject the truth to finally face judgement and Hell instead of forgiveness and Heaven. We all have to make that choice. How about You? Do you follow the example that Job describes in our text today? Let us learn from today's text to remember to yield to the truth of the Bible and repent to receive forgiveness and Salvation lest we too face the judgement and Hell.  


Job 24

Job 24

 1Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?

 2Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof.

 3They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge.

 4They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.

 5Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children.

 6They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked.

 7They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold.

 8They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.

 9They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor.

 10They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the hungry;

 11Which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.

 12Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.

 13They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.

 14The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.

 15The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face.

 16In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.

 17For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.

 18He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.

 19Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned.

 20The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree.

 21He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.

 22He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man is sure of life.

 23Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways.

 24They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.

 25And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?