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- Published on Thursday, 19 November 2009 11:51
In Job 19:19, the word "inward" is the word translated "secret" in both verses in this question, "All my inward friends abhorred me." It suggests intimate, privy friends. Six of the 21 times it appears in the Old Testament, this word is "counsel."
"Without counsel purposes are disappointed" (Proverbs 15:22), indicates that "the secret of the Lord" involves His plans by which He will accomplish His purpose. These are His ways to which only those intimate with Him are privy. "He made known His ways unto Moses, His acts unto the children of Israel" (Psalms 103:7). The people saw what God did, but Moses whom the Lord knew face to face (Deuteronomy 34:10) came to know God’s ways, His counsel. This is further illustrated by the man known as "My friend" (Isaiah 41:8), of whom God said, "Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do?" (Genesis 18:17). His intimates must know His intentions.
Psalm 25:14, "The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him," indicates that those who revere the Lord come to know Him intimately. Although the Lord despises the stubborn, He brings the righteous into His intimate counsels (Proverbs 3:32). These are unchanging principles. They should stir in us a longing to know greater intimacy with the Lord.