My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
2 I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.
3 Is 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?
4 Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth?
5 Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man's days,
6 That thou enquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my sin?
7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand.
8 Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.
9 Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?
10 Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?
11 Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.
12 Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.
13 And these things hast thou hid in thine heart: I know that this is with thee.
14 If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity.
15 If 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;
16 For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me.
17 Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine indignation upon me; changes and war are against me.
18 Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!
19 I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.
20 Are not my days few? cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,
21 Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;
22 A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.
Job knows that he has a relationship with God and he rests securely in His hand. “It is resting upon Your knowledge of me that I will not be accounted evil” (verse 7). Job is secure in God's hand because God is his Creator: “You made me from clay (see Genesis 2:7) and will You return me to dust again?” (verse 9). God gave Job a skeleton and clothed it with skin. He gave him life, personality, kindness, and spirit—the capacity to have a spiritual relationship (verse 12). Job is hidden in the heart of God (verse 13).
In verse 20 Job asks for a weekend-break in his life. His days may be few so if suffering is lifted for a short while he can have a little time of comfort before he dies. When he dies, he will go to the land of darkness and shadows (verses 21, 22).
We also rest in Your heart and mind and hand. Christ is our Advocate in the judgment. Lord, give us the spirit of Job for even our suffering is in Your hand and heart. Amen
Koot van Wyk
Kyungpook National University
Sangju, South Korea