20 Key Bible Verses From The Book of Job

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Job is one of my absolute favorite books of the Bible.  Job showed us a great model of what we should all look like in the face of the storms and tragedies of this life. Of course, he is human and he did realize his faults at the end of the book, but his reactions to the death and suffering around him just amaze me!  He was an amazing man!  Here are 20 key Bible verses from the book of Job!

Characteristics of Job

Job 1:1 – “There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.”

Job was blameless, meaning no sin was found in him.  Therefore, we can assume that he took sin very seriously and repented immediately when he knew he was in the wrong.  He didn’t try to keep his sin under control; he got rid of it through repentance immediately!  His fear of God was great.

Job 1:5 – “And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them (his kids), and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all.  For Job said, ‘It may be that my children have sinned, and cursedGod in their hearts.’  Thus Job did continually.”

Job loved and cared about his kids that he consecrated them every morning with burnt offerings.  How about it!  That is love!

Job 1:20 – “Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshipped.”

The backstory to this verse is that all of his children had just been killed.  He didn’t get angry when he heard the news, he fell down and worshipped!  What an awesome display of faith and trust in God!

Satan’s Limitations

Job 1:12 – “And the Lord said to Satan, ‘Behold, all that he has is in your hand.  Only against him do not stretch out your hand.’  So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.”

Satan cannot do whatever he wants with us.  God’s sovereignty stretches out to Satan too.  Satan is only allowed to do what God allows him to do!  Pretty awesome!  It shows even more the power of God and how Satan is powerless against Him!

God Chooses

Job 1:8 – “And the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?’”

Yes, God puts us to the test to refine us.  He isn’t to blame for anything bad that happens to us.  He is to be praised at the growth we experience in the storms He allows to come at us.

God puts us to the test to refine us.

God puts us to the test to refine us.

Job’s Loyalty

Job 2:9-10 – “Then his (Job) wife said to him, ‘Do you still hold fast to your integrity?  Curse God and die!’  But he said to her, ‘You speak as one of the foolish women would speak.  Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?’  In all of this Job did not sin with his lips.”

Job had his priorities straight.  It’s God first!  He didn’t side with his wife because she was in blatant sin and blasphemy in her remarks to him.

The Meat Of The Book

Job 6:11 – “What is my strength, that I should wait?  And what is my end, that I should be patient?”

Human emotion got the best of Job, one of the most God fearing men ever.  It’s ok to be down and struggle.  God understands your pain.

Job 9:2 – “Truly I know that it is so: But how can a man be in the right before God?”

Only through the atoning blood of Christ can you be right in the eyes of God.  If you haven’t given your life to Christ, please consider it today!

Job 12:13 – “With God are wisdom and might; He has counsel and understanding.”

With God as your source, you will gain wisdom and understanding.

Job 16:2 – “I have heard many such things; miserable comforters are you all.”

Job said this to his three “friends” that should have tried to comfort and pray with him.  Instead they kept condemning him and blaming him for his calamity.  May it be that we never treat our friends in this manner!  Show love always!

Job 22:13 – “But you say, ‘what does God know?  Can He judge through the deep darkness?”

Yes indeed!  God is everywhere and can see through the darkest/hardest hearts.  He sees everyone’s intentions.  “Has it ever occurred to you that nothing occurs to God?” (Adrian Rogers)

Job 23:13-14 – “But He is unchangeable, and who can turn Him back?  What He desires, that He does.  For He will complete what He appoints for me, and many such things are in His mind.”

God is sovereign over every single thing.

Job 27:3-4 – “As long as my breath is in me, and the Spirit of God is in my nostrils, my lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit.”

This is how we all should live.  The tongue is very powerful and persuasive.  May it never be that we use it for sinful pursuits!

When God Speaks…

Job 38:3 – “Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you will make it known to me.”

God’s way never changes and He will require us all to make an account of our lives when we leave earth into eternity.  If you leave earth without accepting Jesus, I have a feeling your account may start with God speaking this way.  Don’t wait another day to receive Jesus!

Job 38:36 – “Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind?”

This is a rhetorical question from God to showcase His power and wisdom.

Job 40:2 – “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?  He who argues with God, let him answer it.”

We are all found guilty and to argue with God that we are not is an absolute lie.  “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

3 Condemning Friends

Eliphaz: Job 22:5 – “Is not your evil abundant?  There is no end to your iniquities.”

Job had not sinned to receive the pain and misery he was receiving and Eliphaz should have listened to Job instead of accusing him of endless sins.

Bildad: Job 18:5 – “Indeed, the light of the wicked is put out, and the flame of his fire does not shine.”

Instead of trying to comfort and pray with Job, Bildad proclaimed that Job was a wicked man.

Zophar: Job 11:20 – “But the eyes of the wicked will fail; all way of escape will be lost to them, and their hope is to breathe their last.”

Again there is condemnation.  Zophar declared that Job was a wicked man because he was not repenting of his sin.  He should have listened to Job and believed him instead of calling him wicked and declaring that his “way of escape will be lost.”

Job’s Understanding

Job 42:2, 5-6 – “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.  I had heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You, therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”

Job finally understood.  Whether we are in sin or not, God does what He wills to do.  Nothing can stop the plans of the Lord.  He is sovereign over all things.


If you have never read through the entire book of Job I encourage you to check it out.  The ending gives me goose bumps every time.  When God shows up to speak, the real meaning of the book comes alive.  God bless you all as you live a life worthy of the calling!

More about Job: Job Bible Story Summary

Resource – “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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DocReits March 19, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Thanks for the encouragement Derek. Job was indeed a remarkable man.



Derek Hill March 19, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Yes he was Doc! He was a wonderful example of faith under fire. God bless.


Robert Winkler Burke July 28, 2015 at 8:14 am

Fighting Leviathan, With a Puny Wooden Sword!
By Robert Winkler Burke
Book #8 of In That Day Teachings
Copyright 5/25/11 http://www.inthatdayteachings.com

Notes from Nelson’s Quick Reference Bible Dictionary:

“The book of Job is not only one of the most remarkable in the Bible, but in literature. As was said of Goliath’s sword, ‘There is none like it,’ none in ancient or in modern literature.” – Kitto. “A book which will one day, perhaps, be seen towering up alone far above all the poetry of the world.” – J. A. Froude. Nelson’s comments say that the true identity of who wrote Job has remained throughout time: a mystery.

I must not hurt huge Leviathan,
As it swoops down on me!
Dragon’s flame kills and maims,
I’ll soon be history!

Oh, woe is me! Oh, woe is me!
I have but a wooden sword!
From the cross, that victory tree,
Of Christ, my humble Lord!

Yet, I must not hurt Leviathan,
Its skin is tough and brittle!
His pride is ridiculous big,
And I am less than little!

We fight for hours,
Oh, we fight for days on end!
Then, when it’s over,
The beast gets up again!

My puny wooden sword damages it not,
I’m like a grasshopper against a giant!
Then it lays down, coughs up its heart,
Upon its tongue, now on me: reliant!

Leviathan now relies on me,
To treat its heart with care!
No longer enemies, but fast friends,
I approach on God’s dare!

Oh, woe is me! Oh, woe is me!
I have but a wooden sword!
From the cross, that victory tree,
Of Christ, my humble Lord!

With my too-small wooden sword,
I walk into the danger zone, such biting teeth of dread!
To the heart, now on the tongue,
I gently touch my sword, out gush bright drops of red!

From the sword come good drops,
Of God’s ancient-wisdom self-sacrifice,
Then Beast wakes up changed,
Swallows heart and renews its old vice!

Cruelly taking advantage of my nearness,
Leviathan scorches me in full-blown rage!
I fight him off again with wooden sword,
Behold! Beast doth weaken! says my Page.

For my Page greatly knows what’s going on,
Not long ago, HE was THE bad Leviathan!
You see, we fought for years! Way too long!
His dual was an excruciating marathon!

But after a thousand drops from God’s cross,
My Page was, of Beast, set free!
Now he’s learning to be God’s Man-of-War,
Who fights evil, just like me!

Oh, woe is me! Oh, woe is me!
I have but a wooden sword!
From the cross, that victory tree,
Of Christ, my humble Lord!

After days and months and years,
My Page and I have succeeded!
Leviathan whom we fought,
Is full humble now: defeated!

My Page has become a Swordsman,
That Leviathan: HIS own Page,
I have left off sword for pen,
That you understand this age!

So then, pride of religion and its rigidness,
Is killing man!
Just as, humility and flexibility,
Kills Leviathan!

Job learned this In That Day,
Of his: long ago!
Now we must all learn the same!
You do not know?

Holy flexibility,
Is where Christ-in-You is at!
You’ll remember the fight,
When the Rigid lose all that!

You’ll remember the fight,
When, as rigid Leviathan, you with great enmity: hated your betters!
Who took your blows nobly,
And with kind, wooden, bloody swords, removed your blind fetters.

How you’ll hate that forgiving blood of Jesus,
Applied drops at a time on your stony heart!
Until you see it is not the end,
But the Christ-in-You: Page-Warrior start!

You’ll then, Rigid Ones, be on the,
Other side of the sword!
You’ll say, as Job did, I repent!
In dust and ashes, Lord!

And if you were particularly mean,
And hurtful to your dear-brave Warrior-Savior,
God will give you a willow-wimpy sword,
To fight Leviathan, inside of your neighbor!

Oh, woe is me! Oh, woe is me!
I have but a wooden sword!
From the cross, that victory tree,
Of Christ, my humble Lord!

You might say,
Well, it serves me just about right!
Rip me up,
Leviathan! It’s time to fight!

I shall not return evil for evil,
From proud, religiously-rigid man,
He may hurt me, but me never: him,
He’ll get what I have in me: I AM!

The great I AM,
Wants to live in us all!
In That Day it’s,
A strange work: yet not small!

It’s a BIG thing,
When Leviathan pride dies!
And Christ-in-You,
Trumpets: loud victory cries!

Yet and even much so,
Your pride in all this will be choked: by your own reins,
By the smallish sword,
You’ll be given, to do the large work that remains!

Oh, woe is me! Oh, woe is me!
I have but a wooden sword!
From the cross, that victory tree,
Of Christ, my humble Lord!

You might ask me, where did I learn all this?
That it’s a pride-fight and that Leviathan isn’t a dinosaur true!
I learned it by reading the Book of Job,
From the Warrior-Prophet, not a Page, whose name is Elihu!

This great, but young, Warrior-Prophet,
Had heard so much talk of churchy-religious pride,
Elihu wrote all of Job’s book,
Yet pride in work: egoless, he did prodigious hide!

Elihu hid his authorship,
And prophetic voice with Job!
That following Workmen,
Would put this in their brain’s globe…

Religious-Pride is Leviathan! (It’s a smallish issue with beginners!)
Leviathan is Religious-godly-Pride! (Clericalism makes biggest sinners!)
I write this, as your proud author,
Oops! That beast is hard to hide!

Where is my bent, old wooden sword?
God, I lay my heart upon my swag tongue!
Knowledge puffeth me up in pride,
Touch me now, oh blood of God’s Son!

Oh, woe is me! Oh, woe is me!
I have but a wooden sword!
From the cross, that victory tree,
Of Christ, my humble Lord!


Jonathan schell December 21, 2018 at 3:53 am

Ok sorry to bother you. I’m looking for where it says in job knowledge of God is the only thing we can be proud of. If you know please reply.


Jack Wellman December 21, 2018 at 10:18 am

Hello Mr. Schell. I was not able to find this quote in the Book of Job but it is in Gal 6:14 which says “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”


sean July 13, 2019 at 3:44 pm

“If all have sinned,” Romans 3:21, doesn’t Job count as all?


Jack Wellman July 14, 2019 at 5:51 pm

Job was righteous in what he did, but there needs to be more than human obedience. He believe in God and obeyed God, and he was a man and all men sin, so even though he sinne, none are rightoeus, but we can have Jesus’ righteousness imputed on our behalf (2 Cor 5:21).


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