Dave Burnette's Commentary

Job Chapter 29

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 1-25)

Job 29 Commentary

(29:6) A Sign of Prosperity - Butter and olive oil were symbols of material prosperity in an agricultural society. Job's flocks and olive trees were so plentiful that everything seemed to overflow.

(29:7-25) A Caution About Pride - Job was walking a fine line between bragging about past accomplishments and recalling good deeds in order to answer the charges against him. Job's one weakness throughout his conversations is that he came dangerously close to pride. Pride is especially deceptive when we are doing what is right. But it separates us from God by making us think we're better than we really are. Then we trust our own opinions, which leads to other kinds of sin. While it is not wrong to recount past deeds, it is far better to recount God's blessings to us. Reviewing past blessings of family, productivity, and meaningful service can help us get through times of suffering and remind us of God's goodness even when the present is devastating. Focusing on what God has done for us, rather than on what we have done, will help keep us from inadvertently falling into pride.

(29:7-17) Job was Respected in His Community - Because of this description of Job's work, many commentators believe that he was a judge. In Job's day, a judge would serve as both a city councilman and a magistrate, helping to manage the community and settle disputes. In most cases, this was not a full-time position but a part-time post held on the basis of one's respect and standing in the area.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Sins Destructive Path

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 29. In our text today we see continuing with his parable and as he talks he allows pride to surface. Pride in any form is dangerous because it seperates us from God thinking we are better than we are. THe Pride then takes us to place of trusting our own opinions over the Lord which leads us into sin. In making application we see the warning to avoid pride at all costs. Even when we are right or living Godly we are to give the glory to God and avoid pride or we too could end in a sinful destructive path. How about you? Do you see the destructive path of Pride? Let us be reminded in our text today this destructive path that pride will take us so we will avoid this trap of the enemy.  


Job 29

Job 29

 1Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,

 2Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;

 3When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;

 4As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;

 5When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me;

 6When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;

 7When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!

 8The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up.

 9The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

 10The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

 11When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:

 12Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

 13The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

 14I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.

 15I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.

 16I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.

 17And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

 18Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.

 19My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.

 20My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.

 21Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.

 22After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them.

 23And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.

 24If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.

 25I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.