(Originally posted on August 6th, 2018)
What does it mean that Job “eschewed evil”? Perhaps the reason Job was a “perfect and upright man” is because he “eschewed” evil.
Link to watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ra8YuGtbfSc
Could it be that people are overlooking what might be the most important message of the entire book of Job?… a foundational characteristic of Job that is mentioned in Job 1:1, and yet never ceases in spite of all Job went through.
Throughout the years, I have heard many conflicting sermons preached about Job, (the speaker’s personal opinion presented as fact), with a “lesson” that usually centered around “how Job failed” …and what Job should have done differently…as if the preacher would have been a better Job than Job himself.
I always felt there was more to the story of Job that I and many others were missing, something important for us to know, something that should be accented, but wasn’t being accented.
Then last year, 2018, a friend of mine shared with me something he noticed while studying the book of Job, the definition of a single word, a word that I had passed over many times and never once considered it’s meaning. The word is “eschewed”.
Perhaps the reason Job was a perfect and upright man, was because he “eschewed” evil… and continued to eschew evil!
Job 1:1 (KJV)
“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.”
Here is a link that will help you study the specific word, “eschewed”:
Correction: In this video I said that the Hebrew word that is translated as “eschewed” in Job 1:1 isn’t used very often in the OT. However, it is used more often than I had remembered. The word, “eschewed” is number H5493 in the Strong’s Concordance which matches the Hebrew סוּר (cuwr), which occurs 308 times in 283 verses in the Hebrew concordance of the KJV.
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