Job 4:1-7:21 Questions by Stephen Ricker
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Questions for Study 3

Job 4:1-7:21
Key Verse: 6:14


I. Eliphaz's Misconceptions (4:1-5:27)

1. Why would Eliphaz be the first to speak? (Think of the society in 2,000 B.C.) Describe the spirit behind his response to Job's outburst in the previous chapter. (4:2-5) Does he believe in Job's piety and blameless ways? (4:6)

2. What is Eliphaz's religious belief? (4:7-11) Who does Eliphaz believe came to him in the night? (4:12-15) What deceiving words did the spirit give him to pass onto Job? (4:16-21) Summarize how Eliphaz's answer to his own question (5:1) reinforce the message he was given. (5:17, 27) Compare his religious belief to the reality of the lives of the prophets, Jesus and the apostles. (Heb. 4:15, 9:27-28)

II. Job's Objection (6:1-7:21)

3. What does Job put on opposite ends of a scale? (2-7) What does he say the outcome is? What is he saying? Who does Job say is attacking him?

4. What does Job again say he wants? (8-10) What does he say will be his joy? What does this say about him?

5. Does Job believe he has any hope and prospects in this life? (11-13) HOw does he say this justifies his request to die?

6. How did all of Job's friends and neighbors respond to his condition? (14-21) How had he acted towards others? (22-23)

7. What does he seek from his friends now? (24-30) What does he say about his previous claim of innocence?

8. Compared to his life in the past, how does Job now see a man's life? (7:1-5)

9. Who does Job turn his conversation to? (7:7) What is the point he states to God? (7:6-10, 16) Since he believes this is true what does he say he must do? (7:11) What error about life does Job make? (John 3:15-16)

10. What happens when Job falls asleep? (7:12-15) Who does he believe gives him these dreams? Is he correct? What then does he ask of God again? (17-21) How does the knowledge of eternal life answer these questions?