Self-pity reeks from Job's pores as he processes suffering's deeply painful onset, "My eye will never again see good" (Job 7:7) and sees immediate death, "The eye of him who sees me will see me no more; while your eyes are upon me, I shall no longer be. As the cloud disappears and vanishes away, so he who goes down to the grave does not come up. He shall never return to his house, nor shall his place know him anymore" (7:8-10).
When pain broadsides people's mental and emotional stability, they often:
This scene requires the reader to remind themselves of the following truths at the onset of suffering:
How does wrath characterize foolish men? (Job 5:2)
What does envy do to a person's soul? (Job 5:2)
Job speaks rashly as he seeks to reconcile suffering and righteous living. What rash statements does he make about God and about his physical condition?
What does Job call God in 7:20 and how does this understanding of God drive his complaint?
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