The Sarcasm of Job

How you have helped the powerless!
    How you have saved the arm that is feeble!
What advice you have offered to one without wisdom!
    And what great insight you have displayed!
Who has helped you utter these words?
    And whose spirit spoke from your mouth?
Job 26:1-4 (NIV)

In case you didn’t catch it, Job is being sarcastic. And, I might add, he’s doing a nice job of it. Funny to think that through big chunks of history it was popularly believed that humor was at best ungodly and at worst sinful. Constipated medieval scholars liked to point out the fact that the Bible never speaks of Jesus laughing. Of course, it never speaks of Jesus going to the bathroom either, but even constipated medieval scholars have to go once in a while. Believe me, if you take thirteen guys camping out under the stars and fishing on the lake like Jesus and the boys, there’s going to be laughter.

I believe God has an awesome sense of humor. And Job’s sarcasm in today’s chapter is a great example.

Sarcasm is an ironic or satirical remark that seems to be praising someone or something but is really taunting or cutting. Sarcasm can be used to hurt or offend or can be used for comic affect.

– I’m trying to imagine you with a personality.
– I work 40 hours a week to be this poor.
– Is it time for your medication or mine?
– Well, this day was a total waste of makeup.
– Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.
– Not the brightest crayon in the box now, are we?
– Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?
– Earth is full. Go home.
– Suburbia: where they tear out the trees and then name streets after them.
– This isn’t an office. It’s Hell with fluorescent lighting.
– I majored in liberal arts. Will that be for here or to go?
– Don’t bother me. I’m living happily ever after.

Sarcastic Quotes by Famous People (Other than Job)

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” – Oscar Wilde

“Sometimes I need what only you can provide: your absence.” – Ashleigh Brilliant

“I feel so miserable without you, it’s almost like having you here.” – Stephen Bishop

“I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception.” – Groucho Marx

“The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.” – George Bernard Shaw

“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.” – Mark Twain

“Weather forecast for tonight: dark.” – George Carlin

“You see, money’s not everything in life is it? But it keeps you in touch with your children…” – Johnnie Casson

“The early bird may get the worm, but it’s the second mouse who gets the cheese.” – Steven Wright

“What’s on your mind, if you will allow the overstatement?” – Fred Allen

“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” – Lily Tomlin

“Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” – Mark Twain

“I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.” – Fred Allen

“Children really brighten up a household – they never turn the lights off.” – Ralph Bus

“Honesty is the best policy — when there is money in it.” – Mark Twain


Hope you have a good laugh today! 🙂


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