Job 15:1-16    Click here for Bible Verses

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Job 15:1-16.  Let’s go!

Job 15:4-9 (NIV) 
 But you even undermine piety and hinder devotion to God.
 Your sin prompts your mouth; you adopt the tongue of the crafty.
 Your own mouth condemns you, not mine; your own lips testify against you.
 “Are you the first man ever born? Were you brought forth before the hills?
 Do you listen in on God’s council? Do you limit wisdom to yourself?
 What do you know that we do not know? What insights do you have that we do not have?

On verses 1-16:  Even after Job has lost virtually everything and has told his friends exactly what he needs from them – he needs them to shut up and just listen to him (Job 13:5-6) – Eliphaz cannot help himself.  Eliphaz insists on speaking up one more time.  With even more vitriol and accusation on his tongue than before, Eliphaz accuses Job of being foolish (v2-3), undevoted to God (v4), sinful (v5), self-condemning (v6), prideful and arrogant (v7-9), ungrateful to God (v11), rageful (v12-13), vile and corrupt (v14-16).

Evidently Eliphaz has forgotten his original purpose for coming to see Job in the first place: to comfort him.  Now Eliphaz has allowed his emotions to get the best of him and is now quarreling with a grieving man.

What can we learn from this?  When we allow our emotions to get the best of us, we stop being a blessing and end up get into unnecessary quarrels.  It’s no wonder the Bible warns us repeatedly against losing our cool and being quarrelsome with others.  For example:

Proverbs 26:21 (NLT2) 
21  A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.

Proverbs 21:19 (NIV) 
19  Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.

Proverbs 21:9 and 25:24 (NIV) 
24  Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

2 Timothy 2:24 (NIV) 
24  And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.

Heavenly Father, thank You for showing me that I stop being a blessing when I let my emotions get the best of me.  Holy Spirit come and fill me today.  I pray that I would be well-tempered and self-controlled, that I would avoid unnecessary quarrels with those around me.  In Jesus’ name, AMEN!