| 1 ¶ Furthermore Elihu
answered and said,
2 Hear my words, O ye wise men; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.
3 For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.
... ye wise men Elihu seems to be speaking to a group.
Ear trieth words Elihu believes his words are right.
| 4 Let us choose to us judgment:
let us know among ourselves what is good.
5 For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God hath taken away my judgment.
6 Should I lie against my right? my wound is incurable without transgression.
judgment Continuation of the appeal.
For Job hath said Elihu summarizes charges against Job through v9.
Should I lie? Continuing to express Job's argument.
| 7 What man is like Job, who
drinketh up scorning like water?
8 Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men.
9 For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.
It's hard for Elihu to understand how Job could continue to maintain that
he is innocent. The statement is also an unwitting testimony to Job's patience.
Said ... profiteth ... nothing See jb0922.
| 10 ¶ Therefore hearken
unto me, ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do
wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.
11 For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways.
.12 Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.
be it "The true answer to Job .... Man is to believe God's ways
are right, because they are His, not because we fully see they are so (Ro
9:14; De 32:4;
18:25)." (JFB Commentary).
Work ... render A true statement ro0206, 2co0510, re2212.
| 13 Who hath given him a charge
over the earth? or who hath disposed the whole world?
14 If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath;
.15 All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.
... spirit ... breath Following the way he gave it ge0207,
All ... perish He could certainly do this de0925 but this is not His purpose jn0316.
| 16 ¶ If now thou hast
understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words.
17 Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just?
18 Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly?
|Hateth right Elihu argues that because God governs, He loves right including his, Elihu's, arguments.|
| 19 How much less to him that
accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than
the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.
.20 In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand.
21 For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.
not ... rich more To accept the person is to give him preferential
treatment because of who he is le1915,
Without hand That is, without human hand.
Eyes upon the ways Surely, argues Elihu, He would condemn Job.
| 22 There is no darkness, nor
shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
23 For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with God.
24 He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their stead.
|No darkness ... hide ps13911, he0413.|
| 25 Therefore he knoweth their
works, and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed.
26 He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others;
27 Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways:
| 28 So that they cause the
cry of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.
29 When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hideth his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only:
30 That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.
- "And He gives quietness, who then can condemn? And when He hides
His face, who can behold Him? And it may be against a nation and a man
30 - "from the reigning of ungodly men, from being snares for the people." (MKJV)
| 31 ¶ Surely it is meet
to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more:
32 That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.
33 Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.
34 Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me.
| 35 Job hath spoken without
knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.
36 My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of his answers for wicked men.
37 For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God.
for wicked men Or, according to two manuscripts, "Answers like
[those of] wicked men.
Clappeth As if insulting God. nu2410, jb2723.