“At the set time,
That I appoint,
I will judge with equity.
When the earth totters,
With all its inhabitants,
It is I who keep its pillars steady.”
Now we have some kind of oracle by a prophet spoken in the Temple by a prophet who spoke in the name of God. He pointed out that at a set time, when he decided when it would be, God would judge the earth with equity or fairness. Thus when the earth totters, God would keep it steady for all its inhabitants. This might indicate that they were familiar with earthquakes. This section then ends with the musical interlude meditative pause, Selah.
“O that you would hide me in Sheol!
O that you would conceal me until your wrath is past!
O that you would appoint me a set time!
O that you would remember me!
If mortals die,
Will they live again?
All the days of my service
I would wait until my release should come.
You would call me.
I would answer you.
You would long for the work of your hands.
Then you would not number my steps.
You would not keep watch over my sin.
My transgression would be sealed up in a bag.
You would cover over my iniquity.”
Job wanted to hide in Sheol, or the underworld of the dead, what we often call hell. He wanted to stay there until the wrath of God against him had subsided. He wanted a set time. He wanted to know if mortals lived after their death. Job was willing to wait in Sheol if he had a release date. He would answer if called. He wanted God to remember that he was the work of God. He wanted him to remember his steps. He wanted his sins and transgressions covered up in a sealed bag. He wanted Sheol or hell to be transitory, not permanent.