Job 35
 Job falsely accused regarding his righteousness
When enemies or the righteous can find no fault, their hatred does not stop. They accuse falsely in order to gain popular support. mt0511.
 1 ¶ Elihu spake moreover, and said,
 2 Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God's?
  Elihu See on jb3202.
  Righteousness more than God's? Job had questioned God's justice jb0922, jb1003, jb1206, but never pretended to be more righteous than God.
 3 For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto thee? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin? 
 4 I will answer thee, and thy companions with thee.
  What advantage? Elihu and friends are offended by the idea the righteous people as well as wicked ones may suffer. He pictures Job as claiming that the righteous have no advantage over the wicked. Ultimately they do as Job did later jb4212.
  Answer thee ... companions Elihu continues the arguement of Eliphaz jb2202.
 5 Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than thou.
.6 If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?
  Sinnest, what ... against him? The ideas is that God is too far above humans to be affected. See mt1812.
 7 If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth he of thine hand?
 8 Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; and thy righteousness may profit the son of man.
  Hurt man That is, wickedness doesn't hurt God. The same false concept. See he0415.
.9 ¶ By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.
.10 But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;
  Oppressed cry The implication is that many suffer and have happiness in the darkness of suffering ps03005, ps07706, ps09017, ps14308. Job, however, is arrogant and God would not listen. This is untrue and contradicts the argument of v6.
.11 Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?
 12 There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men.
 13 Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.
  Fowls ... none ... answer Jesus clarified that God cares even about the animals mt1029.
 14 ¶ Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in him.
.15 But now, because it is not so, he hath visited in his anger; yet he knoweth it not in great extremity: 
 16 Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.
  Although ... see Better translated, "How much less when you say you can't see Him." Job is portrayed as less worthy than the animals.
  Job ... in vain These are harsh words. There's a lesson here for us, too. Even when people are wrong, or have sinned, we can love them mt0543. Our best is but a dim reflection of God's love for us! ro0508.


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