Job Chapter Seven part 3, A study of Job 7:7 - 10, Job 7:11, and Job 7:12 featuring our Common Man's Commentary

Job 7:7 - 10

"'Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath; my eyes will never see happiness again. The eye that now sees me will see me no longer; you will look for me, but I will be no more. As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so one who goes down to the grave does not return. He will never come to his house again; his place will know him no more.'" NIV translation

Now, we see that Job has taken a turn for the worse as he turns his words to address the Almighty God and he speaks to God as if He were a mere man. Job compares his eyes and lack of vision with the eyes of an all-seeing and all-knowing God.

Job 7:11

"'Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.'" NIV translation

We are reminded of the fact that the devil wanted to separate Job from God. Sadly, it seems that Satan is winning as Job has now decided to complain to God about how he is being treated. So, what is wrong with crying out to God about your problems? 

There is nothing wrong with taking all of our cares and concerns to God but, as we will see, Job is going to complain about the actions of God. That is a big difference as it is a form of idolatry to raise our thinking and understanding above that of the Almighty God.

Job 7:12

"'Am I the sea or the monster of the deep, that you put me under guard?'" NIV translation

The Hebrew word that is translated as "monster of the deep" here, is "tanniyn" which means dragon or sea monster and was used to describe the devil. Here, Job is accusing God of treating him as He treats the devil and is basically accusing God of injustice. In this, we see that Job is, in fact, losing his integrity (blamelessness) as he has lost the right perspective of man's relationship to God. As creations of God, we do not have the right or ability to decide whether His actions are just or unjust. This happens when our spiritual eyes are closed and we look at things from a strictly physical perspective.

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