Interesting enough, Luke has the friends of the centurion speak in the first person singular to indicate that these are the exact words of the centurion. The centurion said that he was a man who was appointed by authority (καὶ γὰρ ἐγὼ ἄνθρωπός εἰμι ὑπὸ ἐξουσίαν τασσόμενος) with soldiers under him (ἔχων ὑπ’ ἐμαυτὸν στρατιώτας). He would say to one go (καὶ λέγω τούτῳ Πορεύθητι) and he went (καὶ πορεύεται). He would say to another come (καὶ ἄλλῳ Ἔρχου) and he came (καὶ ἔρχεται). He would tell his slave to do something (καὶ τῷ δούλῳ μου Ποίησον τοῦτο) and he would do it (καὶ ποιεῖ). This saying of the centurion is exactly the same as in Matthew, chapter 8:9, perhaps indicating a Q source. In Matthew, the Roman centurion spoke for himself directly to Jesus, but the message was the same. This centurion understood authority, since he was a Roman solider under the authority of his superiors and yet at the same time, he had soldiers under him. Thus, if he said to any of them to go or come, they would do precisely that. The same would be true of his slaves who would do whatever he told them to do. Are you willing to obey the commands of Jesus?
Only Matthew has this explanation of the parable about the fishing net that was just mentioned. Once again, there is a reference to the end times (οὕτως ἔσται ἐν τῇ συντελείᾳ τοῦ αἰῶνος) as in the parable about the weeds. The angels, like with the weeds, would come and separate the evil or bad fish from the righteous or good fish (ἐξελεύσονται οἱ ἄγγελοι καὶ ἀφοριοῦσιν τοὺς πονηροὺς ἐκ μέσου τῶν δικαίων). These angels would then throw the evil ones or the bad fish into the furnace of fire (καὶ βαλοῦσιν αὐτοὺς εἰς τὴν κάμινον τοῦ πυρός), where there would be weeping or lamenting and gnashing or grinding of teeth (ἐκεῖ ἔσται ὁ κλαυθμὸς καὶ ὁ βρυγμὸς τῶν ὀδόντων). These angels burned the fish like they burned the weeds in the earlier parable in chapter 13:42. In fact, the same exact words were used in both parables about the furnace of fire and the weeping and gnashing of teeth. This later was the normal form of mourning or behavior of those who were upset or frustrated.
O that they were inscribed with an iron pen and with lead
O that they were graven in the rock forever!”
Job wanted his words written down. Luckily for him, they have been inscribed in this book of Job. Are these his exact words? Probably not, but the gist is the same. He wanted to be remembered for something. He wanted someone with pen or lead to write it on a rock. He wanted everyone to know about his sufferings.