Job 34* Elihu accuses Job of charging God with injustice. (1-9) Godcannot 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 uponJob's words. The plainest Christian, whose mind is enlightened,whose heart is sanctified by the Spirit of God, and who isversed in the Scriptures, can say how far matters, words, oractions, agree with true religion, better than any that lean totheir own understandings. Job had spoken as if he meant whollyto justify himself. He that say, I have cleansed my hands invain, does not only offend against God's children, #Ps73:13-15|, but gratifies his enemies, and says as they say. 10-15 Elihu had showed Job, that God meant him no hurt byafflicting him, but intended his spiritual benefit. Here heshows, that God did him no wrong by afflicting him. If theformer did not satisfy him, this ought to silence him. Godcannot do wickedness, nor the Almighty commit wrong. If servicesnow go unrewarded, and sins now go unpunished, yet there is aday coming, when God will fully render to every man according tohis works. Further, though the believer's final condemnation isdone away through the Saviour's ransom, yet he has merited worsethan 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 supposethat God was like those earthly princes, who hate right, who areunfit to rule, and prove the scourges of mankind? It is daringpresumption to condemn God's proceedings, as Job had done by hisdiscontents. Elihu suggests divers considerations to Job, toproduce in him high thoughts of God, and so to persuade him tosubmit. Job had often wished to plead his cause before God.Elihu asks, To what purpose? All is well that God does, and willbe found so. What can make those uneasy, whose souls dwell atease in God? The smiles of all the world cannot quiet those onwhom God frowns. 31-37 When we reprove for what is amiss, we must direct to whatis good. Job's friends would have had him own himself a wickedman. Let will only oblige him to own that he spoke unadvisedlywith his lips. Let us, in giving reproof, not make a matterworse than it is. Elihu directs Job to humble himself before Godfor his sins, and to accept the punishment. Also to pray to Godto discover his sins to him. A good man is willing to know theworst of himself; particularly, under affliction, he desires tobe told wherefore God contends with him. It is not enough to besorry for our sins, but we must go and sin no more. And if weare affectionate children, we shall love to speak with ourFather, and to tell him all our mind. Elihu reasons with Jobconcerning his discontent under affliction. We are ready tothink every thing that concerns us should be just as we wouldhave it; but it is not reasonable to expect this. Elihu askswhether there was not sin and folly in what Job said. God isrighteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works, #Ps145:17|. The believer saith, Let my Saviour, my wise and lovingLord, choose every thing for me. I am sure that will be wisest,and the best for his glory and my good.
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