|Good in Death|
The Story: Everybody knows, Job says (29), that the wicked have it good in death. No one stands beside their death bed telling them what wretches they have been, or how bad they are (31). None of those they have harmed are attacking them as they descend into Sheol (31). People prepare nice tombs for them and keep watch over them, trimming the grass and placing fresh flowers on them (32). The ground receives them, after entourages of mourners have laid them to rest (33). Job’s friends can’t even extend him the common courtesy the wicked receive when they are near to dying. If the “clods of the valley are sweet” even to the wicked, what does that suggest about these three “clods” who are being so wicked toward their “friend”?
The Structure: It’s possible that Job’s biting repudiations of his friends’ counsel is wearing them down. Or maybe they’re just giving up hope of his ever hearing them. Zophar, at least, has given up. But they’ll all be done soon, their unwise counsel thoroughly rebuffed and rebutted. Then perhaps we can move on to some better advice?Is Job following the Golden Rule in his responses, as he says he wished his friends would do (6:25; 16:4, 5)? Why or why not?
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