SEEING GOOD

The context of Job 7:6-10 appears to be Job’s conclusion that he is going to die. Notice the underlined part below.

Job 7:6-10—My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope. 7 O remember that my life is wind: mine eye shall no more see good. 8 The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no more: thine eyes are upon me, and I am not. 9 As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more. 10 He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.

If Job dies, his eye won’t see any more good on earth, but of course he could see good in heaven. That strongly indicates the Job’s intent on this earth was always to see good—i. e. fear of the Lord.

The average reader might not think about why Job spoke this way, but Job’s expectation of death was likely the motivation for these verses. I believe Job wanted to live long enough to fully know the fear of the Lord. The phrase “see good” is seldom used any other way that I can tell.

I often pray fervently that the Lord will leave me here as long as I can be used. And of course I want to stay here as long as I can “see good.”

Psa 34:11—Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Psa 34:12—What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?

Psa 34:13—Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

Psa 34:14—Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Psa 34:15—The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

Psa 34:16—The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

Psa 34:17—The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

Psa 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

An easy way for children to memorize the passage in Psalm 34:11-18 is to sing along with other children. Click on the verse to hear it set to music.

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