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Unbending

Job 27:1-6
And Job again took up his discourse, and said:
2 “As God lives, who has taken away my right,
and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,
3 as long as my breath is in me,
and the spirit of God is in my nostrils,
4 my lips will not speak falsehood,
and my tongue will not utter deceit.
5 Far be it from me to say that you are right;
till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
6 I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go;
my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.”

The Story: My sense is that this section goes more with the preceding section than what follows in the rest of chapter 27. Recall that Job has been insisting that he is not what his “friends” consider him to be and has nothing to confess or repent of before the almighty God. Here he makes that assertion specifically. He will not agree with his friends, even though he runs the risk of offending and alienating them by his insistence that they are wrong.  He prefers to die holding on to his integrity and the truth rather than his friendships. His own heart does not reproach him, and until it does, he will not change his view. John seems to have had the last phrase of verse 6 in mind in 1 John 3:21.

The Structure: God speaks within our hearts, and not necessarily in the voices of men. We must learn to listen for Him within (Ps. 139:23, 24), or we may be led into error by following voices from without.

Meditate on Psalm 139:23, 24. How would you counsel a new believer to practice the teaching of these verses?

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