Job 21:25-27, 30-32 [show/hide]Job 21:25-27
Another dies in bitterness of soul,
never having tasted of prosperity.
They lie down alike in the dust,
and the worms cover them.
"Behold, I know your thoughts
and your schemes to wrong me.
And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.
They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them
Behold I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me.
That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? They shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.
Who shall declare his way to his face? And who shall repay him what he hath done?
Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.
They all die in like manner by giving up the ghost, and the worms feed on their bodies in the grave [v26]. The mention of worms after death here is further proof that Job 19:26 [show/hide]Job 19:26
And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
yet in my flesh I shall see God,
also refers to the time of Job’s death, and if so, it proves that the whole of Job 19:25-27 [show/hide]Job 19:25-27 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!
refers to the future latter days of the resurrection and actual seeing of the Messiah with the eyes.
I know your arguments regarding the punishment of all the wicked in this life [v27]. You seek to prove that I am wicked because of my calamities; and you know full well that there are many dwelling places of the wicked that are not destroyed. The wicked are reserved to the day of destruction. They are brought down to the grave like the righteous, so your arguments do not prove anything as far as my wickedness is concerned.
Ask the travelers that go into other countries whether all the wicked are brought to calamity in this life [v29]. They will confirm the truth of what I have said, that the wicked are often prosperous and happy, and that they are not punished if this life as you maintain, and that their judgment will be after this life [v29-30].
This definitely teaches a future day of judgment for the wicked [v30].
A clear reference to the faith of Job in the final resurrection, even that of the wicked. If they are to be brought forth to the judgment in the days of destruction of the wicked, and to the day of wrath from God, they will need to be resurrected from the grave [Hebrew: geber], and their souls will need to be out of hell [Hebrew: sheol]. Thus, they shall be brought forth [v30].
Job reasoned: Who will dare accuse the wicked to his face, and who shall repay him for what he has done in this life?
The answer that no man will do it indicates Job’s faith in a future retribution in the day of resurrection and wrath from God [v31].
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