“You have delivered my soul from death.
You have delivered my eyes from tears.
You have delivered my feet from stumbling.
I walk before Yahweh
In the land of the living.
I kept my faith,
Even when I said,
‘I am greatly afflicted.’
I said in my consternation.
‘Everyone is a liar.’”
Yahweh had been good to the psalmist. He had kept his soul from death. He kept his eyes from tearing up. He had kept his feet from stumbling. Therefore he was going to walk in the land of the living with Yahweh. He had kept his faith even though he admitted that he was greatly afflicted. He called everyone a liar since he trusted in God.
“Yet God prolongs the life of the mighty by his power.
They rise up when they despair of life.
He gives them security.
They are supported.
His eyes are upon their ways.
They are exalted a little while.
Then they are gone.
They wither and fade like the mallow.
They are cut off like the heads of grain.
If it is not so,
Who will prove me a liar?
Who will show that there is nothing in what I say?”
Once again, these verses are not in the Jerusalem Bible. However, here it seems like the argument of Eliphaz but assigned to Job. He maintained that God prolonged the life of the mighty. He gave them support and security. However, they were only exalted for a little while. Then they were gone. They faded away. They were like grain stalks with their heads cut off. Who was going to prove him a liar?