Bible Study

Satan’s Coming to God Concerning Job

Job

God says, “…considered,” or “set your heart on”(literally). Which one?

The Hebrew is (H7760, H3820, and H5921).

This makes a different Interpretation.

Considered = God saying, “Have you ever considered Job?” Satan, “No.” God, “There is no one like him on the earth, a man who is blameless and upright, who fears God and turns away from evil.”

Set your heart on = satan shows up, God asks what’s he been doing, and satan walking around.

Satan says, “Job 1:9-11 (VW) So Satan answered Jehovah and said, Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his livestock have flourished in the land. 11 However, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and will he not curse You to Your face!”

Satan knows about this man and wishes to destroy him, so he appears before God and makes false accusations.

Compare: 

  • 1 Peter 5:8 (VW) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
  • Luke 22:31-34 (VW) And the Lord said, Simon, Simon. Behold, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith does not fail; and when you have returned, strengthen your brethren. 33 But he said to Him, Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death. 34 Then He said, I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.
  • 2 Corinthians 2:11 (VW) so that Satan should not take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his purposes.

Commentaries:

  • Adam Clarke: Hast thou considered my servant Job – Literally, Hast thou placed thy heart on my servant Job? Hast thou viewed his conduct with attention, whilst thou wert roaming about, seeking whom thou mightest devour? viz., the careless, prayerless, and profligate in general.
  • John Gill: “…hast thou put thine heart on my servant” (p); not in a way of love and affection to him, to do him any good or service, there being an original and implacable enmity in this old serpent to the seed of the woman; but rather his heart was set upon him in a way of desire to have him in his hands, to do him all the mischief he could, as the desire of his heart was toward Peter, Luk 22:31 but the sense of the question is, since thou sayest thou hast been walking up and down in the earth, hast thou not taken notice of Job, and cast an eye upon him, and wished in thine heart to have him in thine hands to do him hurt? I know that thou hast; hast thou not contrived in thine heart how to attack him, tempt him, and draw him from my service, and into sins and snares, in order to reproach and accuse him”
  • JFB = Margin, “set thine heart on”; that is, considered attentively. No true servant of God escapes the eye of the adversary of God.

Other verses:

  • Proverbs 30:10 (VW) Do not accuse a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.
  • Revelation 12:10 (VW) And I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven, Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.

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