Job 37:6-13; The Address of Elihu; The changes and extremities of the weather, wet or dry, hot or cold, are the subject of a great deal of our common talk and observation; but how seldom do we think and speak of these things, as Elihu does here, with an awful regard to God the director of them, Who shows His power and serves the purposes of His providence by them. B.C. 1520

The Address of Elihu Job 37:6-13 6 For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.   7 He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.   8 Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places.   9 Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north.   10 By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.   Continue Reading

Job 37:1-5; The Address of Elihu; He here goes on to extol the wonderful power of God in the meteors; Thunder and lightning, which usually go together, are sensible indications of the glory and majesty, the power and terror, of Almighty God, one to the ear and the other to the eye; in these God leaves not Himself without witness of His greatness, as, in the rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, He leaves not Himself without witness of His goodness, even to the most stupid and unthinking. B.C. 1520

J O B CHAPTER 37 Elihu here goes on to extol the wonderful power of God in the meteors and all the changes of the weather: if, in those changes, we submit to the will of God, take the weather as it is and make the best of it, why should we not do so in other changes of our condition? Here he observes the hand of God, I. In the thunder and lightning, ver. 1-5. II. In the frost and snow, the rains and wind, ver. 6-13. III. He applies it to Continue Reading

Job 36:24-33; The Address of Elihu; He represents the work of God, in general, as illustrious and conspicuous; His whole works is so; God does nothing mean; This is a good reason why we should acquiesce in all the operations of His providence concerning us in particular; He gives some instances of God’s wisdom, power, and sovereign dominion, in the works of nature; Springs to this lower world; Clouds above distil upon the earth below; As shadows of the upper world; In all this, we must remember to magnify the work of God. B.C. 1520

The Address of Elihu Job 36:24-33 24 Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.   25 Every man may see it; man may behold it afar off.   26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.   27 For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:   28 Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly.   29 Also can any understand the Continue Reading

Job 36:15-23; The Address of Elihu; Let him not make light of divine vengeance, nor be secure, as if he were in no danger of it: “Because there is wrath” (that is, “because God is a righteous governor, who resents all the affronts given to His government, because He has revealed His wrath from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, and because thou hast reason to fear that thou art under God’s displeasure) therefore beware lest He take thee away suddenly with His stroke, and be so wise as to make thy peace with Him quickly and get His anger turned away from thee.” There is no escaping by money, no purchasing a pardon with silver, or gold, and such corruptible things; There is no escaping by rescue; There is no escaping by absconding. B.C. 1520

The Address of Elihu Job 36:15-23 15 He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.   16 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.   17 But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold on thee. 18 Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee Continue Reading

Job 36:5-14; The Address of Elihu; God acts as a righteous Governor: He does not think it below Him to take notice of the meanest of His subjects, nor does poverty or obscurity set any at a distance from His favour; God’s intentions when He afflicts us; To discover past sins to us, and to bring them to our remembrance; To dispose our hearts to receive present instructions; To deter and draw us off from iniquity for the future. B.C. 1520

The Address of Elihu: Part 17 Job 36:5-14 5 Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.   6 He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor.   7 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.   8 And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;   9 Then he Continue Reading

Job 36:1-4; The Address of Elihu; He spoke as an advocate for God; Some indeed pretend to speak on God’s behalf who really speak for themselves; but those who sincerely appear in the cause of God, and speak in behalf of His honour, His truths, His ways, His people, shall be sure neither to want instructions (it shall be given them in that same hour what they shall speak) nor to lose their cause or their fee, nor need they fear lest they should exhaust their subject. B.C. 1520

J O B CHAPTER 36 Elihu, having largely reproved Job for some of his unadvised speeches, which Job had nothing to say in the vindication of, here comes more generally to set him to rights in his notions of God's dealings with him. His other friends had stood to it that, because he was a wicked man, therefore his afflictions were so great and so long. But Elihu only maintained that the affliction was sent for his trial, and that therefore Continue Reading

Job 35:14-16; The Address of Elihu; God knows what He has to do, and will do all in infinite wisdom and justice; He has the entire plan and model of providence before Him, and knows what He will do, which we do not, therefore we understand not what He does; There is a day of judgment before him, when all the seeming disorders of providence will be set to rights and the dark chapters of it will be expounded. B.C. 1520

The Address of Elihu Job 35:14-16 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. Here is, I. Another improper word for which Elihu reproves Job (v. 14): Thou sayest thou shalt not see Continue Reading

Job 35:9-13; The Address of Elihu; The many hardships which proud tyrants put upon poor people and the barbarous usage they give them, they make the oppressed to cry; “But none saith, Where is God my maker, Who giveth songs in the night.?” B.C. 1520

The Address of Elihu Job 35:9-13 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;   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 Continue Reading

Job 35:1-8; The Address of Elihu; The bad words which Elihu charges upon Job; Those that have truth and equity on their side sooner or later will have every man’s conscience on their side. B.C. 1520

J O B CHAPTER 35 Job being still silent, Elihu follows his blow, and here, a third time, undertakes to show him that he had spoken amiss, and ought to recant. Three improper sayings he here charges him with, and returns answer to them distinctly:-- I. He had represented religion as an indifferent unprofitable thing, which God enjoins for his own sake, not for ours; Elihu evinces the contrary, ver. 1-8. II. He had complained of God as deaf Continue Reading

Job 34:31-37; The Address of Elihu; Then lastly he leaves the matter to Job’s own conscience; Those that have sinned, and, when they are called to repent, thus go on frowardly, add rebellion to their sin and make it exceedingly sinful; “Errare possum, Hoereticus esse nolo–I may fall into error, but I will not plunge into heresy.” B.C. 1520

The Address of Elihu Job 34:31-37 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. Continue Reading