VERSE OF THE DAY
Job 19:25 (New Living Translation)
“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last.
As for myself I know my savior, my redeemer lives, he will stand soon earth finally and lives amongst us
25 For I aknow that my bredeemer liveth, and that che shall dstand at the latter day upon the earth: 26 And though after my skin worms destroy this abody, yet in my bflesh shall I csee God: 27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
What Does Job 19:25 Mean? ►
For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
Job was able to say with authority I know in Whom I have believed – I KNOW that my redeemer lives – I know that all the plans and promises of God will one day be fully realized – Job KNEW. Job had an assurance that what God had said, God would perform.
Job had no understanding of why his life was falling apart. He had no knowledge of the angelic conflict that was raging in the heavenlies. He was unaware that he lived; the actions he took; the decision he made in relationship to His trust in God, would be used to encourage countless saints that were to come after him. Nor did Job understand that remaining firm in his unwavering trust in God would be to the praise and honour of His Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Job went to his grave not understanding the full consequences of his firm resolve to trust God no matter what.
Oh, for sure Job proclaimed some fleshly comments and exhibited a proud attitude at times. He argued and questioned God, showing that even men of faith can fall into carnal, fleshly ways. BUT the bottom line was that Job’s trust in His Redeemer never faltered, as God homed and fashioned him – until finally Job was brought into a closer understanding of Who God was and experienced a deepness of intimacy with His Father that he would not have imagined.
In the end, Job came forth as gold and was able to say with authority I know in Whom I have believed – I know that my Redeemer lives and that one day He is going to fulfil all the plans and promises made to those that love and trust Him. One day He will indeed stand on the earth. One day He will truly be seated on His earthly throne in Jerusalem and fill His heavenly position in the heavenly Jerusalem.
Job’s trust in God was a definitive ‘knowing’, and our faith in Him can also be an authoritative ‘knowing’ – for our trust stands on the unshakable facts within the Word of God. Like Job, we too can say with authority that I KNOW in Whom I have believed. I KNOW that my Redeemer live.
How blessed we are to be able to say with authority that we KNOW that He is coming back for the Church and will set up His everlasting kingdom to the praise and glory of God the Father. How blessed are the ones that KNOW their God.
What did Job mean when he said “my redeemer lives” in Job 19:25?
Job 19:25–26 says, “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God” (KJV).
Upon a quick reading, this verse seems to refer to God as redeemer, to His coming to earth (possibly in incarnation or possibly in victory), to the resurrection of the body, and even to the hope of eternal life.
The problem with this interpretation is that it rests upon an understanding of the full revelation of Christian truth. There is a rule in hermeneutics that a verse cannot mean to us what it could not have meant to the original audience. If this verse is a full summary of Christian truth as later taught in the New Testament, then it is quite remarkable, and it would seem that Job had knowledge far beyond his contemporaries and even later prophets. Of course, some would see these verses as evidence that some Old Testament believers, such as Job, had a quite thorough knowledge of what was to come.
The fact the Job seemed to know some things that are hardly, if ever, alluded to even by later prophets should make us question the standard interpretation of his words in Job 19:25. Either the progressive nature of biblical revelation has been upended, or the translation of Job 19:25 has some problems based on difficult words within the passage. While most modern versions retain wording similar to the KJV translation, they also add footnotes that give alternative meanings.
Using the footnotes provided by the ESV, Job 19:25–26 could read this way: “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the dust. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet without my flesh I shall see God.”
Using the NIV footnotes, the verse could be read like this: “I know that my vindicator lives, and that in the end he will stand on my grave. And after I awake, though this body has been destroyed, apart from my flesh I will see God.”
Simply substituting words into a translation based on footnotes is not sound methodology, but the exercise serves to illustrate the difficulties found in translating these particular verses.
At this juncture in the book of Job, Job’s friends have been accusing him of some great sin that has caused God to turn against him. Job expresses his confidence that a “kinsman-redeemer” (the word is the same used for Boaz in the book of Ruth) will come to his aid. The identity of this kinsman-redeemer is not specified; however, it seems unlikely that Job could have anyone in mind other than God Himself. God will be a witness for Job against his accusing friends. So the idea here of a “redeemer” does not have full Christian theology embedded in it, although Christians looking back can certainly see the seeds of that theology in Job.
Furthermore, Job expresses confidence that God will come and vindicate him and stand “on the dust” or “on the earth” or “on the grave.” The Hebrew term here can mean any of the three, depending on the context. If the word is translated “grave,” then Job expects vindication after death. If “dust” is preferred, then it may mean in this life, i.e., that God will appear before him on the very dust heap upon which he is lying in agony.
The next difficult term is translated “destroy” by the KJV. The Hebrew word does not necessarily indicate death. If “total destruction” is on Job’s mind, then the term would be referring to death. If he has “marring” or “damaging” in mind, it could simply mean that Job expects to be vindicated after the physical agony he is going though has done its worst. There is nothing in the term that specifies either life or death. An accurate translation could go either way.
The next difficult phrase is “in my flesh” (KJV). Literally, it’s “from my flesh” (YLT) and can mean “apart from my flesh” or “from within my flesh.” In other words, viable translations can mean almost the opposite of each other. However, there is no indication in this particular passage (or the book, for that matter) that Job expects a bodily resurrection. “I will see God” is Job’s hope whether in his body (in this life) or apart from his body (in the hereafter).
In summary, in verse 25, Job is confident that God will appear and vindicate him from the charges of his friends who are accusing him. In verse 26, Job is confident that he will see God, and he elaborates further on that hope in verse 27. Indeed, Job both sees God and is vindicated at the end of the book.
The way Job 19:25–26 has been used by many Christians is a classic case of teaching the right doctrines from the wrong verses. The full meaning of God as our kinsman-redeemer is New Testament revelation, as is the promise of ultimate vindication after death and the resurrection body (see Romans 8:18–39 and 1 Corinthians 15:42–58).
FOR FURTHER STUDY
Job: A Man of Heroic Endurance by Charles Swindoll
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Living the Life of Job -Job 19:25 Devotional
By Connie Rowland|March 21st, 2022|Bible Study, Christ, Christian Life, Faith|2 Comments
Do you feel like you’re living the life of Job? Then take heart because Job’s story is one of great triumph! So, in this Job 19:25 devotional, we will read about the Life of Job. His story is one of the most inspirational in the Old Testament. And we’ll learn how his life can be a reflection of our own even in the modern world we live in.
What is the meaning of Job 19:25?
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;
A few years ago, God told me that I would live the life of Job. Now, that’s a pretty big pill to swallow! And if I’m completely honest, I wasn’t thrilled with the news. No one wants the life of Job, because everything he had was taken from him.
True to His word, God has followed through on His “life of Job” promise to me. I have faced many trials in my life. Loved ones have been taken from me either through death or through broken relationships, my livelihood has diminished, my health has suffered and my faith has been tested.
I can see the parallels between Job’s life and mine. And I find myself referring back to the book of Job for inspiration often. With everything that Job went through, it would’ve been easy for him to curse God as his wife told him to and no one would have blamed him for it. (Job 2:9) But Job trusted God and refused to curse Him no matter what circumstance God placed him in. When everything seemed lost, Job said, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” (v. 1:21) This kind of resolute belief Job had, inspires me to get up, keep moving forward and remain faithful to God no matter what circumstance I’m in.
God has allowed my faith to be tested, just as He allowed Job’s to be tested. But He didn’t do it to hurt me. He did it to bless me and teach me the lessons I need to know as I move forward in my life. And with each trial and lesson God has shown me His plan and will for my life in a way I couldn’t see before.
Proverbs 17:3 says “The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts.” In this scripture, we learn that God allows us to go through trials and He tests our hearts. But He doesn’t do it as some kind of punishment. He knows what is ahead and He is preparing us for it. He is refining us like silver or gold, melting us down to our core, taking the impurities out of our lives, and leaving us with all of the good that He has in store for us.
Yes, Job faced many hardships and he was tested. But the lesson that I take away from reading the book of Job is not one of defeat. It’s a story of great faith and triumph over adversity. Through it all, God was there right next to him. He never left Job. He was Job’s mediator and ultimately his redeemer.
The lesson that I take away from reading the book of Job is not one of defeat. It’s a story of great faith and triumph over adversity. #Devotional