- In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men,
- fear came on me, and trembling, which made all my bones shake.
- Then a spirit passed before my face. The hair of my flesh stood up.
- It stood still, but I couldn’t discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes. Silence, then I heard a voice, saying,
- ‘Shall mortal man be more just than God? Shall a man be more pure than his Maker?
- Behold, he puts no trust in his servants. He charges his angels with error.
- How much more, those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed before the moth!
13.1 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, fear came on me, and trembling, which made all my bones shake.
15.1 Then a spirit passed before my face. The hair of my flesh stood up. It stood still, but I couldn’t discern its appearance.
16.1 A form was before my eyes.
16.2 Silence, then I heard a voice, saying, ‘Shall mortal man be more just than God?
17.1 Shall a man be more pure than his Maker?
18.1 Behold, he puts no trust in his servants. He charges his angels with error.
A War of Words
A good pastor friend asked, “Have you done anything with the book of Job?” “The challenging thing I’ve found about Job,” I replied, “is that it’s full of lies.”
Let me explain. Job is a righteous man. Satan’s given permission by God to torment Job for most of the book. Job’s three friends give lengthy speeches about why they believe this is happening.
Near the end, in Job 42:7, God says this about the friends: “My wrath is kindled against you…for you have not spoken of Me the thing that is right as My servant Job has.” This means much of what the friends say throughout the book is full of lies.
The question is, can the lies be made clear? This I hope to show you. I’ll also show how the bible’s design makes this possible.
The same pastor friend described what I’m about to show you as a “night vision camera” for scripture. It’s a way to see things – spiritual things – that in all likelihood have not been seen before.
That’s fitting with the passage we’ll use as an example: Job 4:13-19. It begins in verse 13 with a vision in the night. Night vision.
As I mentioned in the City of Light story, it appears the words of the bible have an underlying structure or design to them. Zerah.com keeps track of a passage’s design using what I call micro-verses. If you click on the switch to your left (or below), it shows the design and micro-verses.
None of the words change. The verse structure maps to a design. Some verses combine. Some split into two or more micro-verses.
Notice this passage begins in darkness. Scroll the passage down just a bit and you’ll see it ends with reference to a house. As it turns out, the second half of the 23rd Psalm has a similar design. It begins in darkness. It too ends with a house.
In a minute, we’ll place the Job and Psalm passages side by side. They’ll work together in amazing ways to reveal new things. Like lies and the source of the lies.
Shadow of Death
To get there, let’s look at the design of the second half of the 23rd Psalm. Click the right arrow, or the “Shadow of Death” link below.