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Bible studies for writers | Job 15

Doh! It looks like Job’s friend Eliphaz has had enough. If you remember, Eliphaz spoke to Job in a past chapter. In fact, of Job’s three friends, Eliphaz was the first to offer his unsolicited opinion. It was Eliphaz’ words that ignited the fire in Job to speak out after two weeks of silence. So,… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Job 15

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Bible studies for writers | Job 14

If you are over 40-ish and reading this, maybe you can relate like I did to verse 2: “We blossom like a flower and then wither.” In my younger years, I can remember not relating AT ALL to what older people were telling me about their bodies and their minds. But let me tell ya,… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Job 14

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Bible studies for writers | Job 13

Clearly, Job is angry. He’s had enough. He’s pondered enough. He’s listened to his friends enough. And he’s sick and tired of all of it. This, my friends, is Job’s valley. His pit. His darkest day, yet his most enlightening. I was drawn to verse 5: “If only you could be silent! That’s the wisest… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Job 13

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Bible studies for writers | Job 12

Job’s got a bit of what we ‘Merkans call a smart mouth. These first few lines of his response to his two friends, Eliphaz and Zophar, who have with no uncertainties expressed their doubts about what’s been going on behind closed doors at Job’s house, are dripping with sarcasm, much in the same way I… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Job 12

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Bible studies for writers | Job 11

Have you ever had a friend whom you love dearly but have trouble empathizing with because it seems every word out of his mouth is a little far-fetched? This, to me, is how Zophar sees Job at this moment. He’s THAT friend - the doubter, the Negative Nelly, the bringer-downer. From an outsider’s perspective, his… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Job 11

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Bible studies for writers | Job 10

There once was a period in my life when I questioned my existence. Not that I have it all figured out now, but at my lowest of lows, I did exactly what Job is doing in this chapter: I asked WHYYYYYY in a thousand ways. And sometimes that’s what it takes. And sometimes I think… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Job 10

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Bible studies for writers | Job 9

How beautiful is Job. How soul-wrenching beautiful is Job. I can’t begin to feel his anguish. And his words, to me, sound almost as if for a brief moment he wants to denounce his belief in God. He just doesn’t know what else to do. But in all his torment and anger and grief and… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Job 9

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Bible studies for writers | Job 8

Bildad, he’s like that friend who goes, “Look, man, idk what’s going on, but it’s bad, super bad. Are you SURE you didn’t do anything awful? Maybe something you didn’t think was too bad but God saw it as bad? Maybe your kids did something wrong? Can you think of anything? Anything at all??? I… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Job 8

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Bible studies for writers| Job 7

“I cannot keep from speaking. I must express my anguish. My bitter soul must complain (v. 11).” Speaking your frustrations aloud, or venting, is one of the keys to healing. And it is one of the hardest things to do. Job waited two weeks before speaking about his anguish and torment. He held in his… Continue reading Bible studies for writers| Job 7

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Bible studies for writers | Job 6

It’s natural for grief to turn to anger or vice versa, but Job phrases it much more beautifully. Oh, this chapter tugs at my heart. I hope you read it like a beatnik sitting on a stage waiting for snaps. It’s a super powerful piece of poetry-like prose. I highlighted verse 10, or the end… Continue reading Bible studies for writers | Job 6