Job 38:1-3; God Answers Out of the Whirlwind: When they had all had their saying, and had not gained their point, then it was time for God to interpose, Whose judgment is according to truth. B.C. 1520

J O B CHAPTER 38 In most disputes the strife is who shall have the last word. Job's friends had, in this controversy, tamely yielded it to Job, and then he to Elihu. But, after all the wranglings of the counsel at bar, the judge upon the bench must have the last word; so God had here, and so he will have in every controversy, for every man's judgment proceeds from him and by his definitive sentence every man must stand or fall and every Continue Reading

Job 37:21-24; The Address of Elihu; That with God is terrible majesty; He is a God of glory and such transcendent perfection as cannot but strike awe upon all His attendants and a terror upon all His adversaries; He values not the censures of those who are wise in their own conceit: He respecteth them not, He will not alter His counsels to oblige them, nor can those that prescribe to Him prevail with Him to do as they would have Him do. He regards the prayer of the humble, but not the policies of the crafty. B.C. 1520

The Address of Elihu Job 37:21-24 21 And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.   22 Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty.   23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.   24 Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart. Elihu Continue Reading

Job 37:14-20; The Address of Elihu; The Perfection of God’s knowledge; It is one of the most glorious perfections of God that He is perfect in knowledge; He is omniscient; His knowledge is intuitive: He sees, and does not know by report; It is intimate and entire: He knows things truly, and not by their colours–thoroughly, and not by piecemeal; To His knowledge there is nothing distant, but all near–nothing future, but all present–nothing hid, but all open; As we must always begin with fear and trembling, lest we speak amiss (De Deo etiam vera dicere periculosum est–Even while affirming what is true concerning God we incur risk), so we must conclude with shame and blushing, for having spoken no better. B.C. 1520

The Address of Elihu Job 37:14-20 14 Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.   15 Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?   16 Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?   17 How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind? 18 Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is Continue Reading

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 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 35:1-8; 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

Job 34:16-30; The Address of Elihu; God’s Omniscience; His Severity against sinners; His overruling providence; God can Himself humble the greatest tyrant, without the assistance or agency of any man; The frowns of all the world cannot trouble those whom God quiets with His smiles; This is a challenge to all the powers of hell and earth to disquiet those to whom God speaks peace, and for whom He creates it. B.C. 1520

The Address of Elihu Job 34:16-30 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 Continue Reading

Job 34:10-15; The Address of Elihu; God’s Sovereign Power; His Almighty Dominion; God is able to crush any man easily and suddenly, and yet does not by arbitrary power crush any man, which therefore must be attributed to the infinite perfection of His nature, and that is immutable. B.C. 1520

The Address of Elihu Job 34:10-15 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 Continue Reading