Job’s Golden Rule

Handwritten page from the book of Job chapter 15 verse 11 through chapter 16 verse 6
Job 15:11-16:6

Synopsis     Job 15:11-16:6     6/4/2021 

Job rebuked Zophar. And afterward, he addressed God directly. 

But Eliphaz was offended by Job’s speech. And so, he responded once again. Specifically, he challenged Job’s claim that evil people prosper. He countered Job’s argument by observing that evil people suffer in their conscience even while enjoying material wealth. 

And then, Job began a second response to Eliphaz’s rebuke. He opened by suggesting that if the situation was reversed, Zophar wouldn’t be so quick to condemn.  

Job’s Golden Rule 

Job said, “I could talk as you do, were you in my place.”  

Suffering and Empathy 

It is the strangest of all rules in life. There is, it seems, no empathy without suffering. Suffering is a watershed. It breaks the natural solipsist. Or, it hardens him forever.  

“Stop judging, that you may not be judged” Matt 7:1 

June 14, 2021

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