JOB 5:8-16


The following excerpt from the Old Testament book of Job quotes Eliphaz, one of Job’s counselors.  While Eliphaz misunderstood Job’s circumstances, he did grasp the sovereign justice of Almighty God.

JOB 5:8-16

“But as for me, I would seek God,
And to God I would commit my cause—
Who does great things, and unsearchable,
Marvelous things without number.

He gives rain on the earth,


Jezreel Valley verdant in spring. lehava Nazareth Pikiwiki Israel [CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios

And sends waters on the fields.

He sets on high those who are lowly,
And those who mourn are lifted to safety.

He frustrates the devices of the crafty,
So that their hands cannot carry out their plans.

He catches the wise in their own craftiness,
And the counsel of the cunning comes quickly upon them.

They meet with darkness in the daytime,
And grope at noontime as in the night.

But He saves the needy from the sword,
From the mouth of the mighty,
And from their hand.
So the poor have hope,
And injustice shuts her mouth.


God’s commitment to justice is a consistent theme throughout Scripture.  Evil men may make elaborate plans to destroy, but God often uses their devices against them to glorify Himself.  We can be thankful that God’s justice prevails.

© Charles E. McCracken 2016, text content only.  Repost/Reprint with permission from the author.  Scripture from the NKJV.