There is much emphasis in the expression used here by Job. Be tough and warlike. Both responded with a commitment to obey God. Job found his temptation in his own breast; Daniel found his in his particular circumstances. John Trapp Complete Commentary. 5 And the woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, "I am pregnant.". Then you will NOT fulfill the desires of the flesh! Don't just biopsy it! On the contrary, his confession, which he lays down in this third monologue, coincides remarkably with the ten commandments of piety (el-felâh) peculiar to the dı̂n Ibrâhı̂m, although it differs in this respect, that it does not give the prominence to submission to the dispensations of God, that teslı̂m which, as the whole of this didactic poem teaches by its issue, is the duty of the perfectly pious; also bravery in defence of holy property and rights is wanting, which among the wandering tribes is accounted as an essential part of the hebbet er-rı̂h (inspiration of the Divine Being), i.e., active piety, and to which it is similarly related, as to the binding notion of "honour" which was coined by the western chivalry of the middle ages. 3 THEN the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years. It consumes a man’s estate (Pro 5:10; Pro 6:26; Job 31:12). Job said in Job 31:1, "I made a covenant with my eyes that I would not look upon a maid." Sight in the covenant. Yes, we ultimately have to make the choice to turn our eyes, but we can only do so in the liberty and freedom provided by the enabling power of the Holy Spirit Who indwells every believer (Ro 8:13-note). He understood the spiritual nature of God's commandments, as reaching to the thoughts and intents of the heart. Live, therefore, Coram Deo (as before the face of God) and await the benediction of God upon your life and words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. These kinds of animals. Delight in the Word of God (Pr 2:10-16). “FAITH. Certainly in the life to come (Heb 13:4; 1Co 6:9-10). The internet is either a bane or a boon! Unlike Job, they didn’t make “a covenant with [their] eyes not to look lustfully at a girl” (Job 31:1, NIV), nor did they follow the example of Joseph and flee from temptation (Gen. 39:7ff; 2 Tim. Develop modest eyes. As Alcorn notes, ‘A battering ram may hit a fortress a thousand times, and no one time seems to have an effect, yet finally the gate caves in.’ For most men, our thoughts are readily influenced by images, for we are visually oriented. "With my whole heart have I sought Thee." Joseph Caryl - The eye is apt to make a stand, or fix itself, when we come in view of an ensnaring object; therefore it is our duty to hasten it away, or to pray that God would make it pass off from it… He that feareth burning must take heed of playing with fire: he that feareth drowning must keep out of deep waters. So rather than defile itself, the ermine refused to enter and instead would turn around and face the dogs, in effect giving its life, rather than suffering defilement! Some are going down tonight. (1) I made a covenant with mine eyes.—Job makes one grand profession of innocence, rehearsing his manner of life from the first; and here he does not content himself with traversing the accusations of his friends, but professes his innocence also of sins less manifest to the observance of others, and affecting the secret conduct and the heart—namely, sensual transgression and idolatry. Have you ever sought God with all of your heart? 5:28. “CHR. “All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter” (Proverbs 7:22). Job deliberately refused to allow any thoughts of lust to enter his mind when he chanced to see an attractive young woman. 4 Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps? The exclamation, Job 31:1, is spoken with self-conscious indignation: Why should I... (comp. It destroys the whole soul (Pro 6:32). Job 31:26–28). His purpose, also, not to think on this subject, showed the extent of the restriction imposed on himself. 29 And Job again z took up his discourse, and said:. Then we must turn to them immediately after saying, “NO!”. Job determined in his heart to exercise the will power necessary not to think lustful thoughts about young maidens. Seeing I was obliged, and accordingly took care, to guard mine eyes, I was upon the same reason obliged to restrain my imagination. “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord” (Romans 12:11). indulge myself in filthy and lustful thoughts? I'm glad I did. Think about this meaning in the context of looking at a virgin. If you have made a covenant with your eyes, consider how Scripture might help you keep this pledge. why then should I think upon a maid; of corrupting and defiling her, since he had made a covenant with his eyes, and this would be a breach of that covenant: and therefore, besides the sin of lusting after her, or of corrupting her, he would be a covenant breaker, and so his sin would be an aggravated one: or he made a covenant with his eyes, to prevent any impure thoughts, desires, and inclinations in him; for the eye affects the heart, and stirs up lust in it, and excites unclean thoughts and unchaste desires: this shows that the thought of sin is sin; that fornication was reckoned a sin before the law of Moses; and that Job better understood the spirituality of the law than the Pharisees did in the time of Christ, and had the same notion of lust in the heart being fornication and adultery as he had; and that good men are not without temptation to sin, both from within and from without; and therefore should carefully shun all appearances of evil, and whatsoever leads unto it, and take every necessary precaution to guard against it. 5:27-30)! The King James ( KJV ) Bible with Commentary. Christ died to make you “zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14). If not, you are destined to succumb to moral temptation, because you are half-hearted. This is the decision that Job made. (Job 31:3). And say it with the authority of Jesus Christ. View Chapter "Chapter 31 is Job's Sermon on the Mount, for in it he touches on many of the same issues of spiritual ethics that Jesus covers in Matthew 5-7, including the relationship between lust and adultery (Job 31:1, 9-12), loving one's neighbor as oneself (Job 31:13-15), almsgiving and social justice (Job 31:16-23), and the love of money and other idolatries (Job 31:24-28)." Withal he insinuates with how much more caution he kept himself from uncleanness with any married person. (Word in life study Bible), "Great Alexander called the Persian maids" oculorum dolores (eye pain). PILGRIM'S PROGRESS: WHAT FAITHFUL MET WITH IN THE WAY. Be brutal. From this verse we note the sanctity in the covenant, the sight in the covenant, the seriousness of the covenant, and the strength from the covenant. And here's the next principle. Dearly beloved, be careful here. The eyes are the portholes that sin and Satan creep in at. No, not to defile myself; for I remembered an old writing that I had seen, which said, ‘Her steps take hold on hell.’ (Prov. (MLB), I made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I entertain thoughts against a virgin? the soul of the owners thereof to expire, or, breathe out Take the kingdom violently (Matthew 11:12). (Amplified), I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? God seems to Job to have forsaken the suzerain’s role as protector, and strangely turned enemy against an obedient vassal. The next time you are tempted or in trouble, remember that God is watching and listening. think—rather, "cast a (lustful) look." He made a covenant with his eyes, made this bargain with them, that he would allow them the pleasure of beholding the light of the sun and the glory of God shining in the visible creation, provided they would never fasten upon any object that might occasion any impure imaginations, much less any impure desires, in his mind; and under this penalty, that, if they did, they must smart for it in penitential tears. 5:28. “Flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness” (2 Timothy 2:22). The culture of modesty—the culture of respect. c. 46. In such oaths the speaker called down curses upon his own head for proved violations of the moral code (cf., e.g., the Hittite Soldiers’ Oath, ANET, 353, 354). Job 31:24-40 Job Concludes His Self Defense. He may be speaking of more than ordinary lust, that is of the worship of the fertility goddesses so popular in Old Testament times. And so, Job starts off in verses 1-4 by claiming that he’s been free of sexual immorality – even in the form of lusting after women. With my whole heart—"… my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not stray from Thy commandments." Develop the discipline of never taking that second look. Did you ever stop to think that God sees everything we do and hears everything we say every moment of the day? A man cannot stop himself from seeing things and people. Var. See Php 2:12-note = our responsibility and Php 2:13-note = the Spirit's provision - in Php 2:12 we "work out what God has worked in." Here is where many fail. With a UCG.org account you will be able to save items to read and study later! “Why then should I think upon a maid?” The thought in this last sentence in the verse is that the covenant gives strength to overcome temptation. Hammer a nail. Consistently with the prologue, which the drama itself nowhere belies, he is living in monogamy, as at the present day the orthodox Arabs, averse to Islamism, are not addicted to Moslem polygamy. —Sper A look that lingers can lead to lust. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary. His imprecation against himself, if he spoke not the truth, Job 31:38-40. We are all different. They have kept everything above reproach. (NLT), I have made a solemn promise never to look with lust at a woman. He asserts his guarding against being allured to sin by his senses. –DJD. His object, therefore, is to show his friends that he has really been more upright than their standard demanded or than they supposed him to be, till his affliction made them suspect him; and this uprightness was the consequence of rigid and inflexible adherence to principle, for he made a covenant with his eyes, as the avenues of sinful desires. There the mulaqqin (Souffleur), who says the creed into the grave as a farewell to the buried one, adds the following words: "The muslim is my brother, the muslima my sister, Abraham is my father (abı̂), his religion (dı̂nuh) is mine, and his confession (medhebuh) mine." He concluded that the omnipresent, flickering screen constantly tries to tell us what behavior and attitudes are desirable. Even righteous Job found it necessary to deal decisively with this temptation; he made a covenant with his eyes not to look lustfully at a girl (Job 31:1). Of justice and equity, in trading and trafficking to get the mammon of unrighteousness. On חלק and נחלה used of allotted, adjudged punishment, comp. In this latter case, the secondary notions of a promise given (e.g., Isaiah 55:3), or even, as here, of a law prescribed, are combined with כרת ברית: "as lord of my senses I prescribed this law for my eyes" (Ew.). Vitality is the cure of vanity. 1. Why, I trow you did not consent to her desires. Not covetous, nor idolatrous, which ought to be punished by the magistrate, Job 31:24-28. “Fix your eyes on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2). Job made a personal covenant not to look lustfully at young women (Job 31:1). Add to my study list. Have you coveted wealth or been proud of what you possess (Job 31:24–28)? indulge myself in filthy and lustful thoughts? And one said, "Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? HOW THEN COULD I GAZE AT A WOMAN: "Gaze" is the Hebrew word biyn (in the hithpolel or reflexive perfect) and signifies to consider carefully, diligently consider, discern, get understanding, look carefully, observe, paid close attention, pay heed. Jesus says, “If your right eye causes you to sin …” Not anyone else’s eye, but your eye. “FAITH. Le livre de Job est un récit dont le début (Job 1 et 2) et la fin (Job 42:7-17) sont écrits en prose; pour les discours qui constituent la partie centrale, le rédacteur a utilisé, en hébreu, la forme poétique. I escaped the Slough that I perceived you fell into, and got up to the gate without that danger; only I met with one whose name was Wanton, who had like to have done me a mischief. Opinion Commentary. 3 Doth not calamity overtake the wicked. (Powerful principles from proverbs: Study guide), Terry Muck - G. K. Chesterton once likened this world to the desert island site of a shipwreck. Do you have such a wholehearted desire for purity? Reply Report comment (31) (1) Phat Wadd Stonks Jan 6 2021 1:32pm. A gaze is avoidable. Job’s Final Defense - Job continued his discourse: “How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me, when his lamp shone on my head and by his light I walked through darkness! Yet Job found it helpful to single out this specific area of temptation and make a commitment regarding it! Job 31 Commentary 1-4 Lust. 2. Free from adultery, which ought to be punished by the magistrate, Job 31:9-12. Hold the promise of Christ before your eyes. See also 2 Peter 2:14 1Jo 2:16. Reader, though I have made this long note upon this verse, yet it is so very important, that I venture to make it a little longer, and to observe, that since from the corruption of our poor fallen nature, evil thoughts, and the whole train of the imaginations of the heart arise, how infinitely precious ought it to be to us, to eye the grace of Jesus as our preservative against this, and every evil; and, conscious of the uncleanness within, to keep the heart with all diligence, and to beg of God to keep it for us, since out of it are the issues of life. Long before the advent of television, philosopher Søren Kierkegaard wrote: “Suppose someone invented an instrument, a convenient little talking tube which, say, could be heard all over the whole land. We know when they are unfitting and unhelpful and on their way to becoming enslaving. Ordinarily it is punished in this life (Num 25:6; 1Co 10:8). (Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures), Mark it down dear reader - When the wrong images are allowed in through the eyes, it will not be long until they find their way to the heart. Lust grows fast in the garden of leisure. Matthew Poole on Job 31:1 - So far have I been from wallowing in the mire of uncleanness, or any gross wickedness, wherewith you charge me, that I have abstained even from the least occasions and appearances of evil, having made a solemn resolution within myself, and a solemn covenant and promise to God, that I would not wantonly or lustfully fix mine eyes or gaze upon a maid, lest mine eyes should affect my heart, and stir me up to further filthiness. And being forewarned is to be forearmed. Have you fought for joy? But to get out, you will have to leave all you have and all you are. And then you say by God's grace I will stay clean. "4 And David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house. HOW TO TRAP AN ERMINE - The ermine is a little animal that is used to make fur coats, because they have a coat that is snow white. Don't get trapped! ONLY THEN, enabled and empowered by the Holy Spirit can we truly say "NO!" Job 31:4. The people were, therefore, enjoined to remember God’s commandments and not prostitute themselves by following the lusts of their hearts and eyes (Nu 15:39). Job openly acknowledged the power of sexual appetites. Hippolytus wrote "He who looks upon a woman, even though he escape the temptation, does not come away pure of all lust. Sin first entered man's mind by the eye, and it is still a favourite gate for the incoming of Satan's allurements: hence the need of a double watch upon that portal. That means that certain magazines, TV shows, and movies must be off limits. (Sermon on Ps 119:9-16 = "Guard Your Heart"). He who would not fall down ought not to walk in slippery places. Then he used the oath form "if" such and such be true "then" (sometimes not stated) let thus and so happen (Job 31:5-10; Job 31:13; Job 31:16; Job 31:19-20 [twice], 21-22 , 24 , 25 , … Men often set goals for their life, but few of the goals ever involve moral purity. or prayer shawl (cf. Paul is careful to tell us, “but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live” (Romans 8:13). Deut. (Comp. Job was acknowledged by God Himself as a man who was “blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil” (Job 1:8). Don’t say, “That’s just not me.” What steps have you taken to waken affection for Jesus? If the eyes do not see, perhaps the heart may not desire: at any rate, one door of temptation is closed when we do not even look at the painted bauble. (cp Heb 13:4-note; Job 31:9 =“If my heart has been enticed by a woman, Or I have lurked at my neighbor’s doorway 10 May my wife grind for another, And let others kneel down over her.). Psalm 119:37-note Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, And revive me in Thy ways. “Flee youthful lusts,” wrote Paul to Timothy. He described the effect of TV as a subtle process that has become a significant force in defining reality. He has resolutely controlled his eyes to keep any sinful longing from entering his heart. We need to make a covenant with our eyes. I made a covenant with my eyes. And so sunesis describes the putting together, grasping or exhibiting quick comprehension. In response to their complaining, he said, "Don't you understand? We must understand that much of the heresy we observe today has roots that are moral rather than intellectual. So Job is saying don't stare at her because if you do Jesus says you've already committed adultery in your heart! Refuse to feed any tendencies that draw your imagination into wickedness. The question, Job 31:2, is proposed in order that it may be answered in Job 31:3 again in the form of a question: in consideration of the just punishment which the injurer of female innocence meets, Job disavows every unchaste look. Would they avoid sin who present themselves to the opportunities of it? Job wisely recognized that the eye is the main avenue for temptation (see Job 31:7, 9, 26, 27). Job 31:1 Context. A godly man (one who is trying to be so) must not take a second look. How long? Attack the promises of sin with the promises of Christ. Since I had made such a covenant, why should I not keep it? Login or Create an Account. (John Trapp). He catalogued the steps of lust from “looking upon a virgin” (Job 31:1), to allowing one’s heart to follow one’s eyes (Job 31:7), to finally allowing oneself to be enticed by a woman and then scheming to have her (Job 31:9). Here is Job’s wisdom: “I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?” (Job 31:1). See also 2Pe 2:14 1Jo 2:16. Nay, I know not whether I did wholly escape her or no. That is tantamount to placing a heavy burden on your back! 138, a, on account of the pause, but vid., the similar form of writing, Job 39:2; Job 18:15) all his steps, Job has been kept back from sin, and to Him Job can appeal as a witness. With the confession of having maintained this marriage (although, to infer from the prologue, it was not an over-happy, deeply sympathetic one) sacred, and restrained himself not only from every adulterous act, but also from adulterous desires, his confessions begin. For what is the allotment of God from above, And the inheritance of the Almighty from on high? Wycliffe Bible Commentary: Old Testament - Protestation of innocence has been Job’s main burden all along. You get perfectly clean. Albert Barnes - Upon a virgin—על־בתולה; comp. (Ps 139:23-24). God does business with those that mean business. What ever we focus our eyes upon, our mind gives it attention and processes what is seen. Job 31:1-8. (cp Col 3:5-note, Pr 5:22-note; note) The combination of these words, "discern between" is used in 1Ki 3:9, "That I may discern between good and evil." Mt. The eyes are so powerful that the Job had to pray; pray for power outside himself (the Holy Spirit) to turn his eyes from worthless things (as did the Psalmist - Ps 101:3). Some of us need to toss out TVs. He not merely did not so, but put it out of the question by covenanting with his eyes against leading him into temptation (Pr 6:25; Mt 5:28).He protesteth his continency and chastity; God’s providence, presence, and judgments; his motives, Job 31:1-4. So far was he from wanton dalliances, or any act of lasciviousness, that, (1.) strength # the owners…: Heb. This example is unique and unparalleled until the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). But Job viewed lust as a serious moral failure (Job 31:11). Note, Those that would keep their hearts pure must guard their eyes, which are both the outlets and inlets of uncleanness. Job 28:1-11 Job Tells of Earth’s Treasures. (Job 31:1.) Hospitable to strangers, Job 31:31,32. I went to the marriage altar a virgin. And the Hebrew idea is that I will not lust after a woman. According to Jewish tradition, there were eight threads and five knots in each tassel, suggesting the number thirteen. You must be accountable in your use of the computer. As John Owen said, “Be killing sin or it will be killing you.” Strike fast and strike hard. “Make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires” (Romans 13:14). “FAITH. As in the twenty-ninth chapter, he showed his uprightness as an emir, or magistrate in public life, so in this chapter he vindicates his character in private life. Fight fire with fire. His two children were peering out the car window. Mat 5:29, was no new command peculiar to the gospel, as some would have it, but the very same which the law of God revealed in his word, and written in men’s hearts by nature, imposed upon men in the times of the Old Testament. Job 28:12-28 Where is Wisdom Found. —MRD II, Our thoughts are shaped by what we see, And thoughts affect our soul; So if we'd profit from TV, We must be in control. think--rather, "cast a (lustful) look." He wisheth God would answer, and his words might be recorded, Job 31:35-37. (TEV), A covenant I made for mine eyes, And what--do I attend to a virgin? Job 30:1-31 Job is Sick at Heart. Nay, she did not promise you the content of a good conscience. And I say “unfitting desire” because not all desires for sex, food, and family are bad. Have you purposed in your heart that you would not defile yourself? This advice may be more needful for men than women because they are more apt to be visually stimulated, but it does apply to both. The Hebrew word biyn includes the concept of distinguishing that leads to understanding. If this is true, we had better be careful about what we watch. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 31:1-8 Job did not speak the things here recorded by way of boasting, but in answer to the charge of hypocrisy. You are half-hearted. It will not be long from there until you find yourself tempted and falling into sin. In no way! These are the souls that God is pleased to use to spread the Good News… We are called as a church to create a culture that nurtures purity. The marriage covenant is not to be broken and the thought or act which breaks it is sexual immorality. “FAITH. Open .bash_profile using terminal: $ open ~/.bash_profile;. As little as this religion, even in the present day, is acquainted with the specific Mohammedan commandments, so little knew Job of the specifically Israelitish. As the dogs drove the ermine to his hole to get away, the snow white animal would see the filth and, realize it would have to defile its coat in order to enter his hole. 1-4. Moreover, the havoc this has wrought goes far beyond the relational horrors of divorce, illegitimacy, and abortion to the very perversion of faith. Sexual lust lies latent in the heart of every Christian. He is uncertain what to think or say. As long as it takes. This strongly shows Job's piety and purity of heart, and is a beautiful illustration of patriarchal religion. Updated: Sat, 02/21/2015 - 00:00 By admin. We can hardly read a newspaper report of anything of this kind without having our minds in some degree defiled. Keep yourself strong spirituality or sin will overcome you. "The very passage of an impure thought through the mind leaves pollution behind it;" and the outbreaking crimes of life are just the result of allowing the imagination to dwell on impure images. that is, "by that means, through the grace of God, I kept myself from the very first step towards it.'' God's Word does not fail. He understood the spiritual nature of God's commandments, as reaching to the thoughts and intents of the heart. (2.) Job’s wisdom will stand you well: “I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?” (Job 31:1). Television and reality—does the former distort the latter? But it will never be enjoined until you go in with all of your heart. The first sin began in the eye, Ge 3:6. Furthermore, God above looks down and sees both our actions and “the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb. It is a blessing if, by God’s grace, we use Joseph’s way of conquering it, namely, by running away from it, for there is no other. We must carefully guard our hearts. If not, you're going to go down. Job’s reflections in chapter 31 of his book contain lifesaving wisdom (Job 31:1) A wise man or woman will make a covenant with his or her eyes as to what they will look upon. Comment: The word "understand" is sunesis (from suniemi [word study] = to comprehend, reason out in turn derived from sun = with + hiemi = send) literally means a sending together or a bringing together. Hence we read of wanton eyes (Isa. How many times have you found yourself in a situation where you should have determined ahead of time how you would respond? 31 « J'ai fait alliance avec mes yeux et comment aurais-je arrêté mes regards sur une vierge ? 9. There is no way of escape from this sin save by flight. If such temptations existed in biblical times, how much more should Christians today heed these warnings and emulate Job (The New American Commentary - Job), Robert Hawker - Job 31 deserves our attention the more, because, though Job takes no pride in what he here saith, in the justification of himself, yet in those secret sins, which are known only to the Lord, on numberless occasions of evil, the Patriarch pleads not guilty; and which therefore serves to confirm the divine testimony which the Lord gave concerning his servant, in the opening of the book itself, that there was none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feared God, and eschewed evil. They lived up to their convictions. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward for all my labor. A sailor awakes from a deep sleep and discovers treasure strewn about, relics from a civilization he can barely remember. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 31:1-8 Job did not speak the things here recorded by way of boasting, but in answer to the charge of hypocrisy. Why should we look on vanity? Develop the discipline of never taking that second look. GodRules Store: Bargains; New Releases; Best Sellers ; Your Own Online Business News/Reviews: World News ; Movie Reviews ; Book Search Are you a Christian? Another word is legalism. We seem to have forgotten that fact, for few people do much to keep their eyes from beholding the unsanctified. Something vile, something dirty, something defiling. This means that 12,000 staff are likely to lose their jobs as more than 120 stores close and the retailer is broken up with stock and other assets sold. "If I do this or do that or don't do this or don't do that!" Job recognized that the eye, Ge 3:6 fall into her ditch. ’ ( Prov said: 31:9–12?! Thing may arouse one and leave another unmoved James 4:8, `` cast a ( lustful ) look not yourselves... 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