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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Commentary for Job 34

Elihu accuses Job of charging God with injustice. (1-9) God cannot be unjust. (10-15) God's power and providence. (16-30) Elihu reproves Job. (31-37)1-9 Elihu calls upon those present to decide with him upon Job's words. The plainest Christian, whose mind is enlightened, whose heart is sanctified by the Spirit of God, and who is versed in the Scriptures, can say how far matters, words, or actions, agree with true religion, better than any that lean to their own understandings. Job had spoken as if he meant wholly to justify himself. He that say, I have cleansed my hands in vain, does not only offend against God's children, #Ps 73:13-15|, but gratifies his enemies, and says as they say.

10-15 Elihu had showed Job, that God meant him no hurt by afflicting him, but intended his spiritual benefit. Here he shows, that God did him no wrong by afflicting him. If the former did not satisfy him, this ought to silence him. God cannot do wickedness, nor the Almighty commit wrong. If services now go unrewarded, and sins now go unpunished, yet there is a day coming, when God will fully render to every man according to his works. Further, though the believer's final condemnation is done away through the Saviour's ransom, yet he has merited worse than any outward afflictions; so that no wrong is done to him, however he may be tried.

16-30 Elihu appeals directly to Job himself. Could he suppose that God was like those earthly princes, who hate right, who are unfit to rule, and prove the scourges of mankind? It is daring presumption to condemn God's proceedings, as Job had done by his discontents. Elihu suggests divers considerations to Job, to produce in him high thoughts of God, and so to persuade him to submit. Job had often wished to plead his cause before God. Elihu asks, To what purpose? All is well that God does, and will be found so. What can make those uneasy, whose souls dwell at ease in God? The smiles of all the world cannot quiet those on whom God frowns.

31-37 When we reprove for what is amiss, we must direct to what is good. Job's friends would have had him own himself a wicked man. Let will only oblige him to own that he spoke unadvisedly with his lips. Let us, in giving reproof, not make a matter worse than it is. Elihu directs Job to humble himself before God for his sins, and to accept the punishment. Also to pray to God to discover his sins to him. A good man is willing to know the worst of himself; particularly, under affliction, he desires to be told wherefore God contends with him. It is not enough to be sorry for our sins, but we must go and sin no more. And if we are affectionate children, we shall love to speak with our Father, and to tell him all our mind. Elihu reasons with Job concerning his discontent under affliction. We are ready to think every thing that concerns us should be just as we would have it; but it is not reasonable to expect this. Elihu asks whether there was not sin and folly in what Job said. God is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works, #Ps 145:17|. The believer saith, Let my Saviour, my wise and loving Lord, choose every thing for me. I am sure that will be wisest, and the best for his glory and my good.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Job 34

  • Patty Tozi on Job 34:10
    My Heart has heard you say, "Come and talk wirh me." And my Heart responds, Lord, l am coming."

    Psalm 27:8

    How many times have you found a quiet place when you felt the Lord wanted you near?

    He will bring you Love from above when you are Lonely- scared- hurting inside for someone that is near you, dying.

    The Lord wants you to know He is the closest to you when you need help. He is a family you don't have- If you are alone. He is a Strength when you are weak. His creations grow In front of you. The warming of the sun lights up your whole body as He is close to you. The calmness you feel cannot be put in words. He Loves each one with a warmth that leaves you so calm that you feel like you will melt. He will hold you as you talk to Him. You will feel his Love running through you. I have been through this many years with Him. I know if you let yourself become one with Him- there will be nothing you can't ask of Him. And in His time will bring unto you. Thank you Lord-- l Praise your Holy Name. Thank you for Helping me today. I needed you- and you showed up: l can now walk with your Love to Strengthen me. Amen...
  • Bob Hilt on Job 34:10
    Greetings Kevin Mack I discovered this mess in the late 1980's when I saw Colonel Oliver North on C Span, in a room full of reporters, admit to congress they traded g uns to the Con tra's for coke with the Iran scandal. North admitted they sold the coke to turn it into cash. Wow they were drug dealers.

    I waited for 2 weeks for this news to hit the papers and TV. Nothing happened. It was then I understood that the media was totally controlled. Oh and rep Prez Reagan was in charge then. Funny how the Dems said nothing about this scandal of drugs. They are all in this together with Satan himself in charge.

    I was blessed with a Bible believer show me from the scriptures of the last antichrist beast system which would rule the world in the end times. Before I repented and came to Christ, I attended business college, and one thing I learned was how to do research, this before the internet was what it is today.

    I was told that Zondervan, the largest printer of Bibles in the English speaking world, is owned by Harper Collins which prints sodomite books and the satan ic bible of the church of say tan. Yes the church of say tan exists. Think about that when you read Veggie tales bible stories to your children. They in turn are owned by the News Corporation which is known as FOX TV. I checked and this is true.

    So why is not common knowledge in churches? I am not the only one who knows this? I have been told to leave churches over speaking out about this. Are they in on this? false doctrines? How deep does the rabbit hole go?

    check your pastors for everything they say, sheep have no need for hirelings.

    Modern Bibles are poison spiritually and the above is the reason.
  • James brooks - in Reply on Job 34:10
    I am no Prophet;but I do Believe there is a message in what we are going through the whole world right now.And I hope and pray that we don,t miss the message,as individuals,as a nation,and all over the globe;And especially the CHURCH.Is this a plague?I don,t know.I do know that GOD warned and punished through plagues(if don,t let my people go;speaking to pharaoh).I believe in my heart GOD is saying ,turn to me you unsaved,and to you the saved but back slidden,turn back to me.2chronicles 7:14;if my people who are called by name humble themselves,and pray and seek my face and turn from there wicked ways,then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.(Jeremiah 25:5 says Turn now everyone of you,from his evil ways,and evil deeds,and dwell upon the land that the LORD has given to you and to your fathers from of old and forever).Jeremiah 26:3 says;it may be they will listen,and every one turn from his evil way,that I may relent of the disaster that I intend to do to them because of their evil deeds.so I say let,s take down the things in our lives that we give a higher priority than we give GOD.Let,s LOVE(I capitalize LOVE because GOD is LOVE)with all our Hearts, with all our minds, bodies,and souls.Look at ourselves ; Do we love HIM?or is it all lip service?Do we put our money,our pleasures,our luxury homes and cars jewelry,and yes the economy;all of that on the throne of our hearts where GOD should be.Give GOD HIS rightful place in your life.In our in our minds, in our

    hearts,in our bodies,and souls.HIGH AND LIFTED UP IS OUR GOD.LET us pray without ceasing.
  • Elizabeth on Job 34:10
    Why did God allow Job to suffer

    What was His purpose
  • Mishael TO Elizabeth - in Reply on Job 34:10
    I've been praying and studying about JOB, because we have something in common. I think I know why Job lost everything and everyone he loved. The answer may come from a dark place called, "why did this happen to me? The faithful believer?

    People have made lots of money writing those, 'WHY do bad things happen to good people, who do good things, books.'

    How very deeply we bury things we don't want to see.

    If we would search hard enough and submit to be searched by the Holy Spirit, he will reveal a gem.
  • Chris - in Reply on Job 34:10
    Elizabeth, I'm sure you're have read through this book carefully, so I won't give references, but only my opinion.

    God was apparently satisfied with Job's conduct of his life & bringing up his family. So Satan comes to God after roaming the Earth (presumably to try to find someone to 'trip up' into sin). He probably found none, as all were involved in something sinful. This must have come up in Satan's conversation with God, which prompted God to say that His servant Job was unlike any other: an upright man who fears Me & hates evil. And so the account goes on to reveal God allowing Satan to have his way with Job, except to take his life (Satan must have received special licence to take life for this testing, that which is reserved for God only). And we know how, through much physical & mental difficulty, Job came through the temptations to still worship & honour God.

    So, I see this account, though factual, as one that speaks to me of why sufferings may come to all of us. Why does God permit it? And does God have a purpose in it? The answers to these questions can only be found in the Bible, as any human opinion will invariably be wrong. All pain & suffering comes to us because we are sinners & live in a World affected by the fall of man (Rom 3:23, 8:18). God permits it to the point of His set limitation (1 Cor 10:13), because suffering is a natural part of a fallen existence. If we didn't have pain, hardship & suffering, then we would be a perfect people living in a perfect World. Our sufferings prove to us the condition of our soul. Does God have a purpose in it? Of course to show us our fallen state, but also to alert us to the Way that is open for us to be forgiven for our sins (Jn 3:16, 14:6), that brings on suffering. Do Christians not suffer then? We do suffer, but we now have the Lord Who keeps us & helps us through our trials (Psalm 46 is precious), giving us an eternal hope that keeps our spirits strong, when the physical frame deteriorates.
  • Israel William - in Reply on Job 34:10
    The Almighty want to test job. He is testing his faith
  • Fred Scanlan on Job 34
    Our natural man and woman because of original sin is naturally against God. Since this is true ,than how can man commune with the creator or be found in and with him? How will God manifest himself to us?
    Christ only, is the way the truth and life,. When we are clothed, covered in his righteousness, the Holy Spirit will manifest himself to us. To Know Christ is to love Him. Keep his commandments.
  • Alex Mattathil on Job 34
    We know what is good and what is bad. Job is an innocent person. So put away your sins and be an innocent
    honest person. God strikes men down and they perish.He punishes sinners where ever he is because God is in every form of Spirit.
    I would pray for you all. May the Lord God bless you!!
  • AHUWA CHIAMAKA on Job 34
    There is nothing hidden from because He is everywhere as a Spirit watching every actions we take


 

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