Job 32* Elihu is displeased at the dispute between Job and hisfriends. (1-5) He reproves them. (6-14) He speaks withoutpartiality. (15-22)1-5 Job's friends were silenced, but not convinced. Others hadbeen present. Elihu was justly displeased with Job, as moreanxious to clear his own character than the justice and goodnessof God. Elihu was displeased with Job's friends because they hadnot been candid to Job. Seldom is a quarrel begun, more seldomis a quarrel carried on, in which there are not faults on bothsides. Those that seek for truth, must not reject what is trueand good on either side, nor approve or defend what is wrong. 6-14 Elihu professes to speak by the inspiration of the HolySpirit, and corrects both parties. He allowed that those who hadthe longest experience should speak first. But God gives wisdomas he pleases; this encouraged him to state his opinion. Byattention to the word of God, and dependence upon the HolySpirit, young men may become wiser than the aged; but thiswisdom will render them swift to hear, slow to speak, anddisposed to give others a patient hearing. 15-22 If we are sure that the Spirit of God suggested what weare about to say, still we ought to refrain, till it comes toour turn to speak. God is the God of order, not of confusion. Itis great refreshment to a good man, to speak for the glory ofthe Lord, and to edify others. And the more we consider themajesty of God, as our Maker, and the more we dread his wrathand justice, the less shall we sinfully fear or flatter men.Could we set the wrath Lord always before us, in his mercies andhis terrors, we should not be moved from doing our duty inwhatever we are called to do.
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