The need for mercy (Ps 123:3-123:4)

“Have mercy upon us!

Yahweh!

Have mercy upon us!

We have had more than enough of contempt.

Our soul has more than its fill

Of the scorn of those

Who are at ease.

Our soul has more than its fill

Of the contempt of the proud.”

This short 4 verse psalm comes to an end with a cry for mercy to Yahweh. They have had enough of contempt and scorn from those who are proud and have an easy life. Their souls are full of disdain from these proud and easy going people. There is the repeated cry to have mercy on them.

Job responds with sarcasm (Job 12:1-12:6)

“Then Job answered.

‘No doubt you are the voice of the people.

Wisdom will die with you.

But I have understanding as well as you.

I am not inferior to you.

Who does not know such things as these?

I am a laughingstock to my friends.

I, who called upon God,

God answered me.

A just and blameless man,

I am a laughingstock.

In the thought of one who is at ease,

There is contempt for misfortune.

They are ready for those whose feet slip.

The tents of robbers are at peace.

Those who provoke God are secure.

They bring their god in their hand.’”

Job responded that they have wisdom, but he too had understanding. He was not inferior to them even though right now he was a laughing stock to his friends. Job had called God. God had answered him because he was a just and blameless man. Now while he was a laughingstock, those with an easy life do not care about his misfortune. However, the tents of robbers are at peace. The people who provoke God are secure. They think that they control God with their own idol gods in their hands. Job hits back at them since they have a false security.