| Quote #4
'For you shall be in league with the stones of the field,
For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee. (KJV 5:23)
This verse forms part of a long list of why we should be thankful for God. Bottom line: he'll protect us when things get messy. In this case, divine loyalty is linked with safety in the natural world. It makes sense, too. If you were a shepherd—which was likely back then—safety from wild animals would huge.
| Quote #5
'See, God will not reject a blameless person,
Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:
Seems like the whole stinkin' world is divided into Lakers fans and Celtics fan—and you know whose side God is on, right? But seriously, the text is promising a lot here. Seems like if you're on the right team, you get free stuff. We're talking SWAG galore. Sounds great, but what effect would this have had on Job? He had probably heard this speech at some point in his life before he lost everything….
| Quote #6
'If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away,
If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.
Zophar is giving Job a major dose of "this too shall pass." It's a little less gentle, though. More like this: "Dude, you must have messed up. People who renounce their sins do fine, so why don't you just say you sinned? You must have. Just do it."
Here's the best part: when you renounce your evil ways, you get to live in peace with nature—and its metaphors.