Job 15:28-35 – “By The Breath of His Mouth Shall He Go Away”

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Job 15:28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps.
Job 15:29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.
Job 15:30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.
Job 15:31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.
Job 15:32 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.
Job 15:33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive.
Job 15:34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.
Job 15:35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.

Introduction

This is the second attempt of Eliphaz to show Job that he is a ‘sinner above all who are in Jerusalem’ so to speak. The Truth is that Eliphaz is speaking of himself as he condemns Job, and the Truth is that he, as the type of each of us, will be judged out of ‘his own mouth’.

Luk 13:4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
Luk 13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Luk 19:22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:

We do well to be merciful in our dealings with our friends and foes. In doing so we are being merciful to ourselves.

Mat 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

“With what judgment you judge, you shall be judged” is what Christ meant when He tells us “Judge not, that ye be not judged”.

Mat 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

So Mat 7:1 does not contradict any of these verses of scripture:

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

Christ is our example, and we too, are come into this world to judge it within ourselves and within the church which is His body (Col 1:24).

1Co 5:3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,
1Co 5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
1Co 5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

“Them that are without” are the “man” of these verses:

1Co 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
1Co 2:16 For who [ what “natural man” (vs 14)] hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

“We have the mind of Christ”, and again we are come into our world to judge that world within ourselves and within the body which is His church.
But before Christ comes to us and judges the world within us, we are all first Job, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, who are all condemning and damning everyone but themselves. Of course the fact is that Eliphaz is actually judging himself because he and we will all be judged with the judgment with which we judge others.
Here is Eliphaz’s judgment of Job. This is what we bring upon ourselves when we apply God’s word to others but not to ourselves:

Job 15:28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps.
Job 15:29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.
Job 15:30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.

There it is “By the breath of his mouth shall he go away… Out of thine own mouth will I judge you… you wicked and slothful servant”.

Mat 25:26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
Luk 19:22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:

“He dwells in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabits, which are ready to become heaps” is the perfect description of the apparently prosperous cities of Sodom and of that city which is “spiritually called Sodom… where also our Lord was crucified”. These ‘cities’ simply do not look the least bit threatened to our natural man.
When Lot told his own sons- in- law that all they had ever worked for was “ready to become heaps… he seemed as one that mocked to his sons- in- law”.

Gen 19:14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.

Lot’s sons- in- law did not believe that Sodom was a doomed city. Neither does our natural man believe that spiritual Sodom, our well established position in Babylon, is a doomed city within us. Nevertheless, both are but types and shadows of our old man, “the first man Adam” within us all. The destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A. D. was merely a type and a shadow of the destruction of that same ‘spiritual Sodom’ which has always been the murderer of God’s witnesses within His own people:

Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

Let’s not deny that we crucified our own Savior, and that it was our own sins for which He died.

Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

“He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth” is just a condensation of these verses of scripture which all of mankind must “live by” (Mat 4:4) in his own time:

Rev 18:8 Therefore shall her [ Babylon, spiritual Sodom and Egypt within us] plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
Rev 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
Rev 18:10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
Rev 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
Rev 18:12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,
Rev 18:13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.
Rev 18:14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.
Rev 18:15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
Rev 18:16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
Rev 18:17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
Rev 18:18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
Rev 18:19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

“He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.” Yet the world of our old man, the first man Adam, all seems so very permanent until the day of judgment arrives and Babylon is destroyed ‘in one hour’.
“He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches…” tells us that our old man “cannot inherit the kingdom of God” and cannot inherit the blessings of God’s firstborn Son.

1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

We do not inherit those blessings because we chose not to do so, rather we choose not to do so simply because we, as that old man, are corruption which “cannot… see, cannot hear… cannot inherit, [ and] cannot receive” the incorruptible, fiery words of Christ.

Joh 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
Joh 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Joh 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

Not even worldly sorrow will make our “first man Adam” capable of receiving the blessings of the realm of the spirit.

Heb 12:16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
Heb 12:17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

So our old man is doomed, and we, in these clay vessels, are “dying daily, [ being] crucified with Christ, [ and] mortifying our members” to our last physical breath.

Rom 6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Rom 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Rom 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
1Co 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Col 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

“For vanity shall be his recompense” is the simple Truth concerning the reward and the future of our old man.

Job 15:31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.

It cannot be otherwise, simply because our flesh and our “old man”, typified by Egypt’s Pharaoh, were created for the very purpose of being destroyed.

Rom 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose [ to be destroyed] have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
1Co 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
1Co 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

Our “old man” is ruled by our flesh, and he “cannot enter the kingdom of God… He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches…”

Job 15:32 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.

This “flame” is the same flame we see throughout scripture:

Deu 33:2 And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.

It is the Truth of God’s Words which devour our old man and all of his ways:

Jer 5:14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

While it is generally true that a godless life is not conducive to a long physical life, and godly living leads to a longer physical life, that principle is especially true in realm of the spirit. He that has the power of death, along with all his messengers and angels, is doomed to destruction from the realm of the spirit.

Psa 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
Psa 55:23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.
Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

Our “old man” is, by nature, the son of “him that had the power of death, that is, the devil”.

Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

God’s wrath is upon all unbelievers who are all the sons of their “father the devil”. As such they “shall not see life”. This is how we all begin our journey toward becoming sons of God.

Joh 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Continuing with His symbolism of mankind as a tree and as a grape vine, we are told:

Job 15:33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive.

The message for all who have been given eyes to see it, is that our old man cannot bring forth anything that would serve to nourish our new man, “the last man Adam”.

1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
1Co 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

Our “first man is of the earth, earthy, and is of his “father the devil”. He has no idea it is so, but all who are in Babylon are of “the congregation of the hypocrites”, and are blaspheming the name of our God by the abominable doctrines. The “fire” again is nothing less than the truth of God’s Words which will devour and “consume the tabernacles of bribery”.

Job 15:34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.

There are few men who think of themselves as an evil blight upon the lives of their fellowmen. Until we are forced to see the beast that faces us in the mirror every morning, the most natural thing in the world is to see ourselves and our associates as good men and women who have never done anything worthy of the judgment we all must endure:

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Rev 18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

Hypocrites seldom see themselves as such and convince themselves that their hypocrisy is a blessing upon their victims. We have all believed the lies of the adversary while thinking we were diligent stewards of the Lord’s spiritual gold and silver and His doctrine.

2Co 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
2Co 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
2Co 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

No man yet has just naturally refused the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil as it was offered him at the hand of “that old serpent the devil” who has been doing this job since the garden of Eden. It is only natural to prefer the tree of the knowledge of good and evil over a tree which has no form or comeliness that we should desire it.
So Eliphaz ends this attempt at putting all sin off on Job with these words:

Job 15:35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.

Christ is also symbolized by a tree. Of course, He is the tree we reject as we “conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity…” Here is why we will always just naturally prefer the tree of the knowledge of good and evil over the tree of life, which is Christ.

Isa 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
Joh 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Rev 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Next week, if the Lord wills we will continue to see just how hard it is for any of us to see ourselves as the man of sin, who is restraining the work of God in our lives. Job 16 is Job’s defense of his old man, against his own Creator, and against the flesh of others who are just as self- righteous as he is.

Job 16:1 Then Job answered and said,
Job 16:2 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.
Job 16:3 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?
Job 16:4 I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul’s stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.
Job 16:5 But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.
Job 16:6 Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased?
Job 16:7 But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate all my company.
Job 16:8 And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me: and my leanness rising up in me beareth witness to my face.
Job 16:9 He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me.
Job 16:10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.
Job 16:11 God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.

NOTES OF THE REVIEW OF MIKE’S STUDY ON JOB 15:28-35

Introduction:

This book of Job brilliantly displays the paradoxical drama of physical life. Behind the most beautiful poetry ever spoken and written down for us, is the deepest and darkest trial of a man called Job. Things are really not what they seem outwardly:

1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
2Co 10:7 Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.

In our study today Eliphaz is continuing his own wise (‘outward appearance’) counsel and turning the heat up on Job. Job’s pain (after his physical losses) is being increased by those who see themselves as comforters and advisors, whom Job rightly calls “miserable comforters”:

Job 16:1 Then Job answered and said,
Job 16:2 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.

Eliphaz sees Job’s situation as proof of God’s punishment for sin in Job’s life. But as Mike pointed out in his introduction today, Eliphaz could not see he is judging himself because he was guilty of the same sin Job is guilty of – self- righteousness:

Mat 7:2 Forwith what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

The (bad) first man Adam we see in others is actually a perfect reflection of our own (bad) first man Adam, and it is only in the day of the Lord (the revelation of Jesus Christ) that our inward eyes are opened to see this truth and then we stop judging others before the time:

1Co 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

Verse 28:
Job 15:28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps.
Comparing spiritual with spiritual:

2Co 8:12-15 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality: As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.
Dan 9:23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
1Co 12:23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
Pro 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Joh 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

A short summary of the discussion on verse 28:

Human nature wants to elevate itself when its enemies suffer. The inward cities (haughty thoughts / strongholds) of the carnal mind cannot but look down on others who are not as “blessed” as us in the flesh. But only with the mind of Christ we can see how desolate and temporary the “blessings” of this earth is. It is then that those with abundance reach out to those ‘we think’ are ‘less honourable’ with words and deeds ‘fitly spoken’ to bestow upon them ‘abundant honour’.
Naturally we think we must be self- sufficient and independent, but now we are learning (through tough trials) that we cannot make it without Christ (or His body). If Eliphaz, Zophar, Bildad and Job (and all in the flesh) could just see that working together makes life more bearable. But the inherent selfishness and self- righteousness in all of humanity restricts or prevents the truth to bring that liberation.

Verse 29:
Job 15:29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth.
Comparing spiritual with spiritual:

Ecc 1:13 (CLV) I applied my heart to inquiring and exploring by wisdom concerning all that is done under the heavens: it is an experience of evil Elohim has given to the sons of humanity to humble them by it.
Job 3:6 As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.
Job 7:3 So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.
Jas 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

A short summary of the discussion of verse 29:

Flesh (and blood) shall never see perfection in this earthly life which king Solomon called ‘an experience of evil’. Trials and tribulations always have the appearance of “eternity” and bring deep darkness andmiseryon us (Job’s number of the months in ‘darkness’ and ‘wearisome nights’). But all of this physical life is ‘even a vapour’ and that truth is tremendously helpful.

Verse 30:
Job 15:30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away.
Comparing spiritual with spiritual:

Rev 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
Lev 11:13 And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray,
Isa 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Rev 4:6-8 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

A short summary of the discussion of verse 30:

The wicked man is always in spiritual darkness. But even when we are at our appointed time in the wilderness, God ‘nourishes’ us. But the time will come for all who are weary and faint to be lifted up to be ‘in the midst’ and ’round about the throne’ of God. We must all eat the abominations of false doctrines before we are given eyes to see ‘within’, ‘behind’ and ‘before’ (is, was and will be).

Verse 31:
Job 15:31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.
Comparing spiritual with spiritual:

Mat 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Ecc 1:3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
Pro 30:8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
Php 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

A short summary of the discussion of verse 31:

God gives mankind aseason of vanity (no profit). The best of the flesh and the natural mind can produce is ‘dung’ to the spiritual mind. Flesh is the necessary “scaffolding” for our new spiritual dwelling and the scaffolding must be broken down. What a moment to look forward to at the first resurrection!

Verse 32:
Job 15:32 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.
Comparing spiritual with spiritual:

Pro 2:22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
Ecc 7:16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?
Ecc 7:17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?
Pro 6:15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
Pro 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
Dan 7:2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.

A short summary of the discussion of verse 32:

To Eliphaz it is obvious that a godless life does not bring about a long prosperous physical life. But the time of the wicked man’s death is also after the counsel of God’s will. God controls the times and boundaries of all things, even that of the earthly (‘wicked’) man which the natural mind cannot accept. He cannotacceptthat he is like a tree that is cut off ‘before his time’ – this means his selfish expectations will never be fully accomplished or fulfilled.
‘The wicked man of sin trusts in vanity and interprets time, especially when bad things happen, as either too soon or too late. The natural mind will never agree with God’s timing. Flesh cannot see, neither accept its own foolishness. All flesh will be destroyed and its ‘branch’ (offspring) shall never be green.

Verse 33:
Job 15:33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive.
Comparing spiritual with spiritual:

1Th 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
1Th 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
1Th 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
2Ti 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2Pe 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

A short summary of the discussion of verse 33:

“Unripe” again refers to theunfulfilledcondition of flesh which will never be satisfied (coming to perfection/ maturity). The carnal mind seeks after earthly knowledge, but it will never ‘come to the knowledge of truth’ of spiritual things. Only the mind of Christ can “handle” the Truth.

Verse 34:
Job 15:34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery.
Comparing spiritual with spiritual:

Gen 11:30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
Gen 25:21 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
Gen 29:31 And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.
Joh 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
Luk 2:51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
Luk 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
Gen 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

A short summary of the discussion of verse 34:

Eliphaz explains that it is only a hypocrite who makes a public claim to innocence when all these bad things happen to him. But Eliphaz could not see his own desolation, neither could he see why the judgement of God come first on His elect (favourite wife).
All the favourite wives of physical Israel’s patriarchs were all barren at first. Our first condition in ‘the congregation [ gathering] of hypocrites’ is barrenness and desolation, but few are given the eyes to see that.
God’s fire (flaming sword / His Word) truly consumes the tabernacles of all flesh, even the flesh of Jesus. Jesus in the flesh was subjected to a process of spiritual growth as He increased in wisdom and stature since His natural birth. He was given the spirit ‘ by measure’ as was needed at specific times and He overcame temptation in every situation to be the spotless Lamb of God. It is through the destruction of the carnal mind through the flaming sword, that we are given the ability to ‘keep the way of the tree of life’.

Job 15:35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.

Comparing spiritual with spiritual:

Php 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Php 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
Jas 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Jas 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Heb 2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
Heb 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Heb 2:18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

A short summary of the discussion of verse 35:

Pride and lusts are in our “world” (resides in the flesh and the natural/ carnal mind), but needs enticement (temptation from the tempter). When this temptation is heeded to, the lusts conceive and bring forth sin (transgressions) which ends in death. Jesus was given the same flesh as ours, and was tempted in the same way we are, but never succumbed to temptation. Jesus never transgressed any of God’s commandments, and he is truly our spotless Saviour. His indwelling in us (His Word/ His spirit in our hearts) ‘succour’ us being tempted all the time, and brings to us this same ability to overcome!

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