"Elihu's words on God's behalf."
paused to give the men a chance to respond to his prior speech, and when
they had nothing to say, he continue with this new thought; speaking now
on God's behalf.
36:1 "Elihu also proceeded, and
"Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to
speak on God's behalf."
is telling Job and these three men that he will now speak on God's
I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe
righteousness to my Maker."
"For truly my words shall not be false:
He That is perfect in knowledge is with thee."
you think that this young fellow is speaking on God's behalf, you are
wrong, however Elihu said it right when he said that these words are
"truly my words..." Elihu
is talking about himself and not God when he points to himself as the
one that is perfect in knowledge. Today
we call them "know it all's".
This is about the same comment that Satan, the king of Tyre made
in Ezekiel 28 that caused his fall from God, in his pride.
"Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: He is mighty
in strength and wisdom."
is a true statement, and there is no argument with this fact.
"He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right
to the poor."
poor are the afflicted, and overall this also is a true statement.
The reason that the wicked have a short life has nothing to do
with why Job was afflicted with these boils. For the next six verses
Elihu will give his opinion and from these statement we can see exactly
what he thinks of Job.
"He withdraweth not His eyes from the righteous: but with
kings are they on the throne; yea, He doth establish them for ever, and
they are exalted."
is saying that God never takes His eye off the righteous, and as such he
is accusing Job of lying from this statement.
Job sat there covered from head to toe with boils, and with
troubles that few men have ever known.
"He withdraweth not His eyes..." is an absolute
statement that just doesn't fit Job.
Either Job is not righteous, or this Elihu is a con man with
words. We know from the
first three chapters that Job is and was a righteous men in all his
affairs in life. Elihu's
reference to the kings is that when a king is first crowned, everyone
looks up to him with praise. Than
shortly after he has sinned a bit, they all want to haul him away in
"And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of
"Then He sheweth them their work, and their transgressions
that they have exceeded."
after the king has been demoted, he turns to God and his transgressions are forgiven him, and he becomes accepted again.
See the reasoning of Elihu.
"He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth
that they return from iniquity."
is just good old repentance. This
is a true statement for God will discipline His own for their sins, and
after repentance command that they turn from the iniquities that they
were doing. Do you see how
he is using truths to catch the righteous person off guard.
He wants to believe the truths that are said, and then by listing
to all these truths first, the listener is off guard for the lies that
follow. The point is that
you had better know what you are believing in.
"If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in
prosperity, and their years in pleasures."
is very true, if their prosperity is all within God's plan.
"But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and
they shall die without knowledge."
has just told us here that Job didn't have knowledge, so it is obvious
that this statement is aimed at Job.
We know exactly where Elihu has Job classified.
"But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not
when He bindeth them."
"Hypocrites" as used from the Hebrew text, are "the
godless, and those with false pride".
Elihu is saying that it doesn't bother the hypocrites and those
with false pride if they sins or not.
That's their nature and they always find a way to get their way.
"They die in youth, and their life is among the
the Hebrew text, "They" that are called "the
unclean" are called "Sodomites".
They die young as male prostitutes in their filthy diseases and
sickness. This is also a
true and correct statement, and today that disease is called
"AIDS", that brings on death.
"He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their
ears in oppression."
has caught Job at his worse, and now Elihu continues to pick on him and
make all sorts of slanderous remarks about Job.
"Even so would He have removed thee out of the strait into a
broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set
on thy table should be full of fatness."
is telling Job that if he would have followed all this that I am telling
you, you would have had all the things that are fit for a king.
We will see that in the end, Job will end up exactly that way,
prosperous, and with a long life. However
it is not for the reasons that Elihu is stating.
"But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked:
judgment and justice take hold on thee."
is stating here flatly that Job is a wicked man.
Job you are getting everything that you deserve that God can
throw your way. The problem
is that God isn't doing it to Job, it is Satan that is bring on all
these problems in Job's life. Because
Job has not figured it out yet, he just stays there and takes this
pounding from these so-called friends. Job was a righteous man, and he
even paid the alms for his sons and daughters sins, he was so concerned
about doing right.
there is wrath, beware lest He take thee away with His stroke: then a
great ransom cannot deliver thee."
is real easy to gaze down on Job sitting there covered with these boils,
and say to him, it is obvious that you got what you had coming.
That is what this verse implies.
"Will He esteem thy riches? no, not gold, nor all the forces
is a true statement, gold and power will not redeem righteousness.
"Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their
God's people are the people of the light, and those of the night will be
cut off at the return of the Lord.
"Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen
rather than affliction."
is telling Job that it is he that chose to do iniquity.
Of course Elihu simply doesn't know Job for the righteous man he
was. There is no way that
Elihu could be filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking on God's behalf
after reading what he is saying about Job.
God is not the author of confusion, and this young fellow is full
"Behold, God exalteth by His power: who teacheth like
is a true statement, but there is one thing for sure, Elihu is not.
Even though it says in the bible that Job sinned right here in
verse 21, however the one that made that statement is a liar, and simply
doesn't know Job nor God. This
is Elihu doing the talking, not God.
"Who hath enjoined Him His way? or who can say, `Thou hast
wrought iniquity?' "
"Remember that thou magnify His work, which men
is a true statement for men can tell whether you magnify God by the way
you live your life.
"Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off."
is telling Job, look at you, you are setting an example for everyone
"Behold, God is great, and we know Him not, neither can the
number of His years be searched out."
this appears to be true statement, however the part of this verse that
states, "and we know Him not" is not a true, for we can
know God very well by studying His Word.
This is a true statement directed to Elihu's part, but false in
the case of Job. Job knew
God very well. Elihu didn't
know God yet here tries to speak for God.
For He maketh small the drops of water they pour down rain
according to the vapour thereof:"
God fills those clouds to their fullest and then down comes the rain.
"Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man
does give the former rains and the latter rains to develop the crops,
and water them to bring them to harvest time.
"Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or
the noise of His tabernacle?"
"noise in the clouds" is the thunder.
When you see the storm clouds brewing, you
see the lightning, then follows the thunder from those spreading
"Behold, He spreadeth His light upon it, and covereth the
bottom of the sea."
"For by them judgeth He the people; and giveth meat in
is saying that in every storm, God can either bring punishment or mercy
through a rain storm. We
need the rain to grow the food we eat, and to water the plants and trees
around us. We need the rain
to fill the lakes and rivers to provide the water of our every needs.
However that same storm can bring a tornado, floods and
With clouds He coverth the light; and commandeth it not to shine
by the clouds that cometh betwixt."
is a bad job on the translation. What
it is saying here is that He covers his hand with the lightning and He
commands that bolt of lightning to hit the mark.
The mark is the enemy, of course.
God is in control of all things and everything that happens.
He even controls the direction of the lightning.
"The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also
concerning the vapour."
the cattle can tell that the storm is coming way off in the distance by
the noise from the storm. We
now move into the last chapter concerning these men that are trying to
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