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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Job 5



Verses 1-27

Job 5:7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

Job 5:7Comments- The word "trouble" in Job 5:7 refers to life's sorrows, "sorrow, labor, toil, grief, pain, trouble, misery, fatigue, exhaustion." This same Hebrew word is also used in Genesis 41:51. The verb form is used in Psalm 127:1

Genesis 41:51, "And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said Hebrews , hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father"s house."

Psalm 127:1, "Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain."

Notes these insightful words from Frances J. Roberts:

"‘Man is born', it is written, ‘to trouble, as the sparks fly upward'. ( Job 5:7) This is true as surely as rain falls and snow is cold. But it is equally true, and gloriously Song of Solomon , that I have promised, and I will deliver thee out of all thy troubles." 15]

15] Frances J. Roberts, Come Away My Beloved (Ojai, California: King's Farspan, Inc, 1973), 92.

Job 5:13 He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.

Job 5:13 — "He taketh the wise in their own craftiness" - Comments- Job 5:13 is quoted in 1 Corinthians 3:19.

1 Corinthians 3:19, "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness."

Note that this is Job speaking, whom the Lord said was speaking truth, in contrast to the lies that the Lord said were spoken by his friends. Therefore, Paul quotes this verse in which Job is speaking truthfully.

Job 5:19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.

Job 5:19Comments- Job 5:19 is called a "Numerical Collection." This style of wisdom literature is also used in Job 33:14, Proverbs 6:16, Proverbs 30, Ecclesiastes 11:2 and in Amos 2, 3. Scholars believe that this phrase means that the list is not exhaustive. Thus, the speaker is saying in Job 5:19 that God always delivers the poor and humble, no matter how many times it takes.

Job 5:22 At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.

Job 5:22 — "At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh" - Comments- Creflo Dollar tells the story of a time in his ministry when he lost millions of dollars and his television ministry went broke. He owned thirty million dollars of television air time. He needed to pay many salaries for staff, locally and overseas. He saw no way that man could help him. Song of Solomon , he walked out into his yard and began to pray. The Lord replied by telling him to laugh. But Dollar did not feel like laughing. The Lord told him again to laugh by faith, and to be careful what he let come out of his mouth. Finally, he began to laugh. At first, it was forced. Then the Lord gave him a glimpse of the devil being defeated. He began to laugh at the devil, and found a reason for laughing. The Lord moved upon Taffi Dollar, his wife, to go check the account books, and she found seven million dollars. The Lord continued to work and brought him out of this situation. 16]

16] Creflo Dollar, Changing Your World (College Park, Georgia: Creflo Dollar Ministries), on Trinity Broadcasting Network (Santa Ana, California), television program.


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Job 5:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. 2013.

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Tuesday, November 24th, 2020
the Week of Christ the King / Proper 29 / Ordinary 34
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