It’s day 31 on my new journey through the bible with Professor Horner’s Bible Reading System and this morning, Job 31 was part of my reading. Verses 33-37 were very helpful and in particular to a conversation I had yesterday with a Christian brother. Feeling thankful to find these verses today.
Job 31:33-37 (NIV)
33 if I have concealed my sin as people do,[a]
by hiding my guilt in my heart
34 because I so feared the crowd
and so dreaded the contempt of the clans
that I kept silent and would not go outside—
35 (“Oh, that I had someone to hear me!
I sign now my defense—let the Almighty answer me;
let my accuser put his indictment in writing.
36 Surely I would wear it on my shoulder,
I would put it on like a crown.
37 I would give him an account of my every step;
I would present it to him as to a ruler.)—
My Tyndale Life Application Bible commentary sums up these verses nicely.
“Job declared that he did not try to hide his sin as men often do. The fear that our sins will be discovered leads us to patters of deception. We cover up with lies so that we will appear good to others. But we cannot hide from God. Do you try to keep people from seeing the real you? When you acknowledge your sins, you free yourself to receive forgiveness and a new life.”