Elihu condemns Job. His points are strewn with lies. Like Job’s three “friends, Elihu is a terrible person.
VERSE 1. Moreover Elihu answered,
My righteousness is more than God’s. Job never said this.
Once again, as we have seen many times previously, Elihu makes up “facts” so he can win his argument.
VERSE 3. That you ask, ‘What advantage will it be to you? What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?’
What profit shall I have. This reminds us of something the Lord Jesus Christ said:
Mark 8:36. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life?
VERSE 4. I will answer you, and your companions with you.
the skies … are higher than you. Elihu is saying that just as the sky is higher than Job, God is also higher than Job.
VERSE 6. If you have sinned, what effect do you have against him? If your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him?
what effect do you have against him. Our sins do not “damage” the LORD God.
VERSE 7. If you are righteous, what do you give him? Or what does he receive from your hand?
Your wickedness … your righteousness. Our moral behavior does not “damage” the LORD God. Rather, it impacts ourselves and those around us.
VERSE 9. “By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry out. They cry for help by reason of the arm of the mighty.
gives songs in the night. That is, God can give joy in times of trouble. This reminds us when Paul and Silas were in prison:
Acts 16:25. But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
VERSE 11. who teaches us more than the animals of the earth, and makes us wiser than the birds of the sky?’
VERSE 12. There they cry, but no one answers, because of the pride of evil men.
an empty cry. That is, an insincere cry.
VERSE 14. How much less when you say you don’t see him. The cause is before him, and you wait for him!
VERSE 15. But now, because he has not visited in his anger, neither does he greatly regard arrogance.
VERSE 16. Therefore Job opens his mouth with empty talk, and he multiplies words without knowledge.”
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