How the enemy scoffs!
An impious people revile your name.
Do not deliver the soul of your dove
To the wild beasts!
Do not forget
The life of your poor forever!”
This was a cry to Yahweh. He had to remember his dove. The enemy was scoffing at them. These impious people were reviling the name of God. They did not want to be sent to the wild beasts. Asaph, the psalmist, wanted Yahweh to remember and not forget the poor people of his chosen ones.
“But you are obsessed with the case of the wicked!
Judgment and justice seize you!
Beware that wrath does not entice you into scoffing!
Let not the greatness of the ransom turn you aside!
Will your cry avail to keep you from distress?
Will all the force of your strength help you?
Do not long for the night!
That is when people are cut off in their place.
Do not turn to iniquity!
Because of that you have been tried by affliction.”
Next Elihu turned on Job. He thought that Job was obsessed with wicked people. Job was receiving his judgment so that he should not be scoffing at it. Will Job’s complaints keep him from distress? Did he have enough strength to help himself. He longed for the night, but that is when people are cut off from each other. He warned Job not to choose iniquity as he was being tried or tested by this affliction.