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Job 35

Elihu speaks of man’s conduct. (1-8) Why those who cry out under afflictions are not regarded. (9-13) Elihu reproves Job’s impatience. (14-26)

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Elihu speaks of man’s conduct

1 Elihu spake moreover, and said,

2 Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God’s?

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.

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?

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.

Why those who cry out under afflictions are not regarded

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 vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.

Elihu reproves Job’s impatience

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.

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G Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ver. 2. God. Eliu being greatly mortified at Job’s silence, uses still more provoking expressions, and pretends to refute one of the holy man’s assertions, which never escaped his lips, though he had complained that God treated him as an enemy, and with more severity than his sins deserved; (C. vi. 2. C.) or, that his affliction was greater than his sin. C. xxiii. 7. &c. Eliu therefore calumniates him. W.

Ver. 3. Please thee, since thou punishest the guiltless. M. — If I sin. Job had not said so, but it seemed to follow from his expressions. C. xxi. 7. See C. xxii. 3. Whether sin be committed and punished, or not, what does it profit God? C. — His sovereign perfections require that he should not let sin pass unnoticed, and Job never entertained an idea to the contrary.

Ver. 4. Thee. I will shew that you are all wrong. H. — I will supply what the three have left imperfect. C.

Ver. 5. Thee. Thy sin cannot hurt, nor thy virtue add any thing to God. He is not therefore actuated by resentment, or jealousy, but by justice. C. — He revenges the injury done by the sinner to himself, v. 8. S. Aug. Conf. iii. 8. — The inference is therefore wrong, (C.) that God will not regard the sins or punishment of men, because he thence derives no profit, v. 3. H. — The strong sentences of Eliu agree not (or are ill-applied) to the blessed Job. S. Greg. xxvi. 7. W.

Ver. 9. Out. The wicked shall cry out, through vexation, but still they will not address themselves to God, v. 10. Why are the abandoned, but because He takes cognizance of all?

Ver. 10. Songs. Arab. “thoughts,” by means of visions. Chal. “where is the Lord, in whose presence the angels sing canticles of praise in the night?” C. — Sept. “who has ordered the night watches;” (H.) the stars, which display the power of God? His servants also are filled with interior joy, even in the midst of afflictions. C.

Ver. 11. Air: and yet the wicked make not use of their understanding, to have recourse to God under distress. C.

Ver. 13. Vain. Heb. “falsehood.” He will not relieve the hypocrite, who does not cry to him with sincerity. This conduct shews that God acts with discretion, and hears people according to their deserts. C.

Ver. 14. Before him. Try whether the assertion be true. H. — Only change thy life, and hope in him, and thou wilt see the good effects. C.

Ver. 15. For. Prot. “But now because it is not so, he hath visited in his anger; yet he (marg. Job) knoweth it not, in great extremity.” H. — In this world, God punishes not with rigour. C.

Ver. 16. Knowledge. I have shewn that God punishes or rewards according to our deserts, and is not indifferent about our sins. If Job have not experienced the divine bounty, it is because he has not deserved it. C.