I was reading an article the other day and suddenly was compelled to open up the Bible and check out the scripture reference. What I found is that the author had quoted the Scripture word for word, but I am not sure it should be. The verse was Job 36:11… If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures
This was presented as a promise of God. A promise to the believer. But upon closer study, I am not sure this is a quote we should hang onto. Why? Keep reading.
Job Chapter 36 (Elihu Extols God’s Greatness)
“Bear with me a little, and I will show you, for I have yet something to say on God’s behalf. I will get my knowledge from afar and ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
For truly my words are not false; one who is perfect in knowledge is with you. … If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures
Now read what God has to say about the “Wisdom” found in the previous chapter.
Job Chapter 37
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?”
God Himself said that Job 36:11 was words without knowledge! I don’t really think I want to make that one of my memory verses! I don’t think that the idea or truth of Job 36:11 is one I want to put into my belief system.
We need to be careful when we accept scripture quotes. Often they are taken out of context and/or omit a significant part, that when included, offers a totally different meaning. Yes they sound good, but are they really what God meant?