Job Chapter Five part 2, A study of Job 5:6 & 7, Job 5:8, and Job 5:9 - 16 featuring our Common Man's Commentary

Job 5:6 & 7

"'For hardship does not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout from the ground. Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.'" NIV translation

Eliphaz continues by explaining that the troubles of this life are not a normal part of creation and, therefore, he is reminding Job that it is not the way that God planned things. The Hebrew word that is translated as "born" is "yalad" and it speaks of a midwife (a person that helps to bring about the birth of a child). He goes on to say that, like a midwife, man brings about trouble as surely as sparks from a fire rise into the air. Once again, Eliphaz is basically saying that Job has brought all of his trouble on himself through his "hidden sin".

Job 5:8

"'But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him.'" NIV translation

Once again, Eliphaz gives Job good advice as he tells him to cry out to the Lord but we can imagine how Job felt as he was continually accused of hiding his sin.

Job 5:9 - 16

"'He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. He provides rain for the earth; he sends water on the countryside. The lowly he sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety. He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success. He catches the wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are swept away. Darkness comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night. He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the powerful. So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth.'" NIV translation

Eliphaz continues with what appears to be a hymn of praise to God but it also contains the accusation and a hint about the identity of Job's "hidden sin". Basically he is saying that Job's sin is pride and that, if he would simply humble himself and repent, then, God would show him mercy. Have you ever had someone try to use prayer and praise as a weapon to attack you? Their words may seem like they are full of wisdom and the Spirit when, in fact, they are designed to beat you down. That is usually what the "religious" people will do to someone that they think is not living up to their standard of holiness.