Job 31:2 - For what is the allotment of God from above, And the inheritance of the Almighty from on high? Here is where many fail. 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. Have you fought for joy? Job 2:3. Job 28:12-28 Where is Wisdom Found. (Bishop Beveridge. It's the principle of purification. Job focuses on his eyes, because they let in the objects of lust into the heart (Mt 5:28, Joshua 7:21), and because the signs of lust in the heart appear especially in the eyes (Ge 39:7 Pr 6:25). As the modern song puts it, “It can’t be wrong when it feels so right.” (Sins of the body: ministry in a sexual society). Arcadia operates a number of concessions in Debenhams stores in Brighton and elsewhere and has … His purpose, also, not to think on this subject, showed the extent of the restriction imposed on himself. If you have made a covenant with your eyes, consider how Scripture might help you keep this pledge. — it melts away as a vapour. Commentaries, history books, and more are linked to this page. strength # the owners…: Heb. 4. Does holiness and moral purity mean that much to you? Now after you do this, it doesn't mean the battle is over. 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. On חלק and נחלה used of allotted, adjudged punishment, comp. Job deliberately refused to allow any thoughts of lust to enter his mind when he chanced to see an attractive young woman. Furthermore, God above looks down and sees both our actions and “the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb. Do you have such a wholehearted desire for purity? 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). Jesus said, “Everyone who is looking at a woman in order to indulge his sexual passion for her, already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matt. Kent Hughes - Of course, this great principle of mortification has universal application to all areas of life, but here Jesus specifically applies it to sensuality. Mt 5:28-note but I say to you, that everyone who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.29 "And if your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.30 "And if your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to go into hell. While you tarry, you are taken prisoner. 23:5), not the forbidden wine (Pr 23:31), not the forbidden woman, Mt. You are half-hearted. Deuteronomy 4:29, God says, "But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find Him, if thou seek Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul." Job 20:29; Job 27:13; on נכר, which alternates with איד (burden of suffering, misfortune), comp. If you do not get earnest about purity, you will not succeed in being pure. A person can turn his eyes away from temptation and focus his thoughts upon something else. 5:27-30)! —Sper A look that lingers can lead to lust. It was not merely his intention to lead a chaste life, and to avoid open sin, but it was to maintain a pure heart, and not to suffer the mind to become corrupted by dwelling on impure images, or indulging in unholy desires. Don't just biopsy it! But as Driver-Gray observe, Job differs from Jesus, for he does not consider the gaze a sinful act but acknowledges that it is liable to result in wrongdoing. Kent Hughes - You may not be able to avoid the first look, but you can avoid the second. Job 31:24-40 Job Concludes His Self Defense. Determination. A maid; which is emphatically added, to show that that circumstance which provokes the lust of others had no such power over him, and that he restrained himself from the very thoughts and desires of filthiness with such persons, wherewith the generality of men allowed themselves to commit gross fornication, as deeming it to be either none, or but a very little sin. (Ps 139:23-24). 9:8; Mt 5:28). LOG OUT. 4:12–13); and He will judge both. He who would not fall down ought not to walk in slippery places. When lustful thoughts assail your mind To play with immorality, Remember that God’s will for you Is holiness and purity. Shame and sense of honour might restrain him from soliciting the chastity of a beautiful virgin, but only grace and the fear of God would restrain him from so much as thinking of it. “CHR. Evil is a kind of subverted echo of goodness and spirituality. The second step in sin is to think about what is being seen. The Bible calls them “passions of your former ignorance” (1Peter 1:14). I like the way they introduce Chalmer's sermon - "Let us reject moralism, and flee to the Gospel, which is our only hope in life and death." Commentary on Job 31:1-8 (Read Job 31:1-8) Job did not speak the things here recorded by way of boasting, but in answer to the charge of hypocrisy. 9. We can't switch to another channel!" 1-4. 22:12). For fear he should forget himself and gaze with a lingering longing upon forbidden objects, he entreats the Lord speedily to make him turn away his eyes, hurrying him off from so dangerous a parley with iniquity. They say, “I tried to push it out, and it didn’t work.” I ask, “How long did you try?” How hard did you exert your mind? There are times when we need to walk away from the screen. Purification. Therefore we must realize that what people do with their eyes and limbs can affect the eternal destiny of their souls. It never says to stay and pray about it. It’s the sort of email you should be proud of a newspaper publishing in an attempt to land a hit job on you. Also runs jobs in sibling DAGs that are independent of the rules or files specified here. I wonder if the police would not forbid it, fearing that the whole country would become mentally deranged if it were used.” Kierkegaard’s words have come true. Many things that are presented as acceptable are in fact dangerous. J. Simmons - Keep a strict watch over your eyes at all times, especially when you are in duty. There is probably no area in which Christians fail more than in what they allow to enter their minds through the media. No man was ever too much guarded on this subject; no one ever yet made too solemn a covenant with his eyes, and with his whole soul to be chaste. 1. Give it more unopposed time than that, and it will lodge itself with such force as to be almost immovable. Structure. Be much in prayer and meditation (Ps 119:37). This is why I wrote Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ. Joseph’s views of this subject was similar to Job’s, that wickedness is against God. Like Job, make a covenant with your eyes (Job 31:1)—or with your ears, or with whatever sensations lead you into evil thoughts. If Job found it necessary to make this kind of commitment in the day in which he lived, how much more do we need it in today’s society—where sexual lust is exploited even to advertise spark plugs! They give in too soon. 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. Determine to stay clean. Women will know if you do. That's verse 9. Some set goals for making money or for some sports achievement. 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 , … A maid; which is emphatically added, to show that that circumstance which provokes the lust of others had no such power over him, and that he restrained himself from the very thoughts and desires of filthiness with such persons, wherewith the generality of men allowed themselves to commit gross fornication, as deeming it to be either none, or but a very little sin. There is much emphasis in the expression used here by Job. Hippolytus wrote "He who looks upon a woman, even though he escape the temptation, does not come away pure of all lust. v. 92, &c. (u) Aelian. Heads of state, government officials, and business people in strategic positions must be exceedingly careful of what they say, especially when entering a strange setting. A glance is unavoidable. 5:28; 2 Peter 2:14), there should be a solemn purpose that that should be pure, and that any sacrifice should be made rather than allow indulgence to a wanton gaze: comp. Even the imagery of the extant samples of such ancient oaths corresponds with Job’s (e.g., loss of crops, grinding, breaking of limbs, thistles. Job openly acknowledged the power of sexual appetites. He referred to the binding covenant he had made with his eyes ( Job 31:1). According to Jewish tradition, there were eight threads and five knots in each tassel, suggesting the number thirteen. This example is unique and unparalleled until the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). After 10 years of research, media analyst Kenneth Curtis measured TV's impact on society. So much for Wanton’s assault on Faithful. And the Hebrew idea is that I will not lust after a woman. Holy eyes and holy hearts. 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. Since I had made such a covenant, why should I not keep it? 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). Matthew 5:28.). 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. Var. His repentance, Job 31:33. June Hunt - God would never tell you to stop lusting without giving you the power to stop. It is one thing to see and admire an attractive person, but it is quite something else to look for the purpose of lusting in the heart. When I say “lust” I mean the realm of thought, imagination, and desire that leads to sexual misconduct. Has lust been fulfilled in overt sin (Job 31:9–12)? Look in verse ten. (NJB), I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust upon a young woman. Job 31:1-40. Such was his sense of the importance of this, and of the danger to which man was exposed, that he had solemnly resolved not to think upon a young female. Those are not chaste that are not so in spirit as well as body, 1 Co. 7:34. Likewise, “continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you” (Philippians 2:12, 13). 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. If my step hath turned out of the way] sc. The second stich is grammatically a question, “How could I look at a girl [bĕtûlâ, “virgin”]?” The effect, however, is that of a negative sentence. His just carriage to his servants, and the reason, Job 31:13-15. OCL Solicitors, absolute moneylaw pinnacle tippity top top . “The very passage of an impure thought through the mind leaves pollution behind it;” and the out breaking crimes of life are just the result of allowing the imagination to dwell on impure images. Are you a faithful steward of the natural resources God gives (Job 31:38–40)? It's the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings, For it's the little feet behind you that are sure to follow, It's a slow fade when you give yourself away, It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray, Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid, When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near, For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray, For the Father up above is looking down in love, See John Piper's - "ANTHEM" - Strategies for Fighting Lusts, The English of the Lxx reads something like - I (myself - middle voice) made a covenant with my eyes that I will absolutely not (Greek uses "ou" not "me" the latter being less definite negation) understand. 5 when the Almighty was yet with me,. The starting point for victory is realizing that when a sexual thought flashes into your mind, you must redirect that thought or replace it. Making a covenant in our own strength is tantamount to placing one's self up under the law and simply cannot be kept! Job proceeds to prove that he deserved a better lot. “FAITH. The exclamation, Job 31:1, is spoken with self-conscious indignation: Why should I... (comp. No Man was ever too much guarded on this subject; no one ever yet made too solemn a covenant with his eyes, and with his whole soul to be chaste. - see this classic sermon - The Explusive Power of a New Affection. And if you're half-hearted, you're not going to make it. –R W De Haan, There is no time of day or night, No place on land or sea That God, whose eye is never dim, Does not see you and me. They have kept everything above reproach. He would not so much as admit a wanton look. 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. Steven Cole - To be morally pure, you’ve got to commit yourself to God’s standard and fight to maintain it. 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. Yet Job found it helpful to single out this specific area of temptation and make a commitment regarding it! 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. Hist. and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity? 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. ), after which you played the harlot (KJV = "go a whoring"! The violence, sex, and materialism on TV can make us insensitive to our calling as Christians to be salt and light in a sinful world. v. 1a). Why? Tools. TV and videos are greatly polluting people through the eye gate. His purpose to lead a pure life, and to keep a pure heart, had been so settled, that it was impossible that he could have offended in that respect. 1. 4 Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps? MANAGE MY ACCOUNT. Nay, she did not promise you the content of a good conscience. (1)look not oh yourselves as innocent because not actual idolaters. It was well you escaped her net; Joseph was hard put to it by her, and he escaped her as you did; but it had like to have cost him his life. More Job commentaries. Do all that you can to protect yourself from being seduced by temptation to be immoral. If we are kept from looking on vanity we shall be preserved from loving iniquity. • To look with lust at a young woman violates the spirit of the seventh (Deut 5:18, see Matt 5:27–28), and potentially the tenth (Deut 5:21), commandment. “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord” (Romans 12:11). Develop the discipline of never taking that second look. At times, I thought they were going a little too far, that it wasn't necessary, but I'm glad they did it, especially today. Pr 4:25-note Let your eyes look directly ahead, And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. His just dealings, Job 31:5-8. 2 For what portion of God is there from above? Then you will NOT fulfill the desires of the flesh! 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. Sin is vanity, unjust gain is vanity, self conceit is vanity, and, indeed, all that is not of God comes under the same head. Would they avoid sin who present themselves to the opportunities of it? He ascribes desire to the eyes, because the sight of the eyes is the usual and powerful incentive of desires. This truth is both comforting and sobering–comforting because God stands ready to deliver us when we are in trouble (Ps 33:18-19-note), and sobering because "the eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good" (Pr 15:3-note). Why, I trow you did not consent to her desires. But a person can make a decision not to focus his attention upon it. Then she railed on me, and I went my way.”, Spurgeon comments: THE first of Faithful’s temptations was very gross. Devotionals on Job - Today in the Word (Moody Bible Institute) Devotionals on Job - G Campbell Morgan Devotionals on Job - F B Meyer Devotionals on Job - Our Daily Bread, Job 31:1 COMMENTARY Making a Covenant With My Eyes Updated September 10, 2014, I dictated a covenant (an agreement) to my eyes; how then could I look [lustfully] upon a girl? This is what's happening. There is an old sermon by Thomas Chalmers (1780-2847) which emphasizes the principle of first saying YES to an affection which is godly and good as a way of supplanting an old affection. Sight in the covenant. God seems to Job to have forsaken the suzerain’s role as protector, and strangely turned enemy against an obedient vassal. Job made the decision to stop this process at its inception. The verb refers to knowledge which is superior to the mere gathering of data. How many times have you found yourself in a situation where you should have determined ahead of time how you would respond? The mind is a muscle. אל, 1 Kings 3:21) gaze upon an object, combined with a lascivious imagination (comp. The prayer indicates our greatest need, — more life in our obedience. “CHRISTIAN. Mt 5:28-note… Pluck out your eye (do whatever you need to do is the idea) before you do this! 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). Does purity mean that much to you? Updated: Sat, 02/21/2015 - 00:00 By admin. Saying “no” will not suffice. Fix a faucet. Plead with God for the satisfaction you don’t have: “Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days” (Psalm 90:14). Sweep a room. 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. This passage is the origin of the Jewish tallit (Heb.) To say "NO" in our own power will put us under the law and the flesh actually rises up under the law - Romans 7:5. (Darby), But I made an agreement with my eyes not to look with desire at a girl. Job has taken a strange turn in his attitude now that these awful things are happening to him. See Job 31:8, 10, 22, 40). Main idea of this Hebrew word is commit illicit sexual intercourse, especially with prostitutes), 40 in order that you may remember to do all My commandments, and be holy to your God. While sin in the heart is not as destructive as sin actually committed, it is the first step toward the act; and you never know where a polluted imagination will lead you. Did you ever stop to think that God sees everything we do and hears everything we say every moment of the day? The culture of modesty—the culture of respect. 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. Confused and bewildered and puzzled by what is happening, he simply blurts out his thoughts. Sir. There are times to turn the dial. (Amplified), I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? Job Chapter 31 אִיּוֹב א בְּרִית, כָּרַתִּי לְעֵינָי; וּמָה אֶתְבּוֹנֵן, עַל-בְּתוּלָה. And make a covenant with your mind that you will not allow an immoral thought to reside in your heart. We can never be too strong for this matter of temptation to immorality. No, not to defile myself; for I remembered an old writing that I had seen, which said, ‘Her steps take hold on hell.’ (Prov. You cannot think, but that you know something, what a flattering tongue she had; she lay at me hard to turn aside with her, promising me all manner of content. He understood the spiritual nature of God's commandments, as reaching to the thoughts and intents of the heart. The word translated “virgin” (v. 1) is used of the goddess of fertility in Canaanite writings. Both responded with a commitment to obey God. Displace deceitful lusts with a passion for good deeds. If acts of immorality are becoming a problem among Christians, the thoughts of immorality are a much greater problem. 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. We can do this only by the power of Jesus. Job vowed to make a covenant prayed this, “Lest looking cause liking and lusting.” (Trapp), Trapp adds that "When one seemed to pity a one-eyed man, he told him he had lost one of his enemies, a very thief, that would have stolen away his heart.”. The internet is either a bane or a boon! Because the eyes lead the heart and the mind, and these in turn lead the whole person. Years ago, Martin Luther painted a graphic picture with words to this effect, “You can’t keep the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from making a nest in your hair.” You are the only one who controls how long you will entertain a thought—how long you will dwell on it. Job 28:1-11 Job Tells of Earth’s Treasures. (t) Musaeus de Heron. 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