And then Elihu seems to say that Job’s concern that others be judged is a dangerous preoccupation. The purposes of affliction (Job 36:8-18)3. So, I say this in all seriousness and with every intention of doing this myself in the future – when you’re tempted to question God’s justice in this life think about God’s work. 3 I get my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe justice to my Maker. [and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt./And commands it to strike the mark./and directs it against its target.]. So, that’s the second way that those who seem to be righteous can take to God’s painful dealings with them. ", To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, That I have yet to speak on God's behalf -, And will ascribe righteousness to my Maker -, He that is perfect in knowledge is with thee - ", But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked -, Neither can the number of his years be searched out -, Ῥυησονται παλαιωματα, εσκιασε δε νεφη επι αμυθητῳ βροτῳ· ὡραν εθετο κτηνεσιν, οιδασι δε κοιτης ταξιν· επι τουτοις πασιν ουκ εξισταται σου ἡ διανοια, ουδε διαλλασσεται σου ἡ καρδια απο σωματος, Can any understand the spreadings of the clouds -, And commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt -, The noise thereof showeth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapor -. 3 [I will fetch/With] my knowledge [from afar/I will speak comprehensively], But with kings are they on the throne - I think the words should be read thus: - "But with kings upon the throne shall he place them; and they shall be exalted for ever." 1. Job, Chapter 36 Chapter 35 | Chapter 37. Job 36 Commentary: Let’s turn our attention to Job 36. [he/and] [giveth/supplies] [meat/food] in abundance. They die in youth - Exactly what the psalmist says, "Bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days," Psalm 55:23. 15 He delivereth the [poor/afflicted] [in/by] [his/their] affliction[s], Learn how your comment data is processed. [for this/for because of this] hast thou [chosen rather than/been tested by] affliction. Ver. [that I have yet to speak/that there is yet more to be said/for I still have words to speak] on God's behalf. If he hear thee, and send death, thou mayest be cut off in a way at which thy soul would shudder. NAU Job 36:18 "Beware that wrath does not entice you to scoffing; The noise must refer to the blowing of winds and tempests. But that’s not the way that God works. 4 Be assured that my words are not false; Chapter 36 (For Previous Chapter Click Here, For Subsequent Chapter Click Here) After asking God for revelation to help him speak more of His greatness (Job 36:2-4), Elihu then moves to specifically defend how God… 19 Will [he esteem thy riches/your riches keep you from distress/your wealth sustain you so that you would not be in distress]? Can any understand the spreadings of the clouds - Though the vapor appear to be fortuitously raised, and subject, when suspended in the atmosphere, to innumerable accidents, to different winds and currents which might drive it all to the sandy deserts, or direct its course so that it should fall again into the great deep from which it has been exhaled, without watering and refreshing the earth; yet so does the good and wise providence of God manage this matter, that every part of the arable terrene surface receives an ample supply; and in every place, where requisite, it may be truly said that "The rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and water the earth, and cause it to bring forth and bud, that it may minister seed to the sower, and bread to the eater." Chapter 36 (For Previous Chapter Click Here, For Subsequent Chapter Click Here) After asking God for revelation to help him speak more of His greatness (Job 36:2-4), Elihu then moves to specifically defend how God… Ch. He does obey and serve in response to God’s dealings with him. And if they be bound in fetters - These are means which God uses, not of punishment, but of correction. Job, Chapter 36 Chapter 35 | Chapter 37. And I remember as a kid when my parents had cats – it seems like cats – even though Elihu doesn’t mention them here – cats do seem to have a sense of when strange weather is coming. As a soccer coach the sound of thunder forces me to cancel practice or even a game. No matter what we can explain with our present-day observation abilities – there are some things we just can’t explain and never will be able to. Timeline; Bible; Videos; Devotions; About About The Bible Says How To Use This Site. Commentary on Job 38-42 (Job Meets God) June 22, 2015 Bill Pratt Leave a comment. And covereth the bottom of the sea - He doth whatsoever it pleaseth him in the heavens above, in the earth beneath, in the sea, and in all deep places. So, someone who appears to be righteous shows himself to actually be a godless hypocrite by not crying out to God when he’s in trouble. Yet, in Job 42:7-9, those three are required to offer sacrifices before Job for their part in scolding Job with bad counsel (42:7). And that’s the positive message that he continues into verse 16. they [shall perish by the sword/pass over the river of death], That God Almighty will never yield the point; that he will administer impartial justice to all men, Job 36:2-6. judgment and justice take hold [on/of] thee. These three propositions are an ample foundation for endless disquisition. Job Chapter 36 . It’s not something that he wants us to grit our teeth and bear silently. How is Elihu going to ascribe righteousness to God now? And Elihu says as much next. Of course, we know that what Job was speaking of, was this latest attack that had actually come from Satan. and will ascribe righteousness to my [Maker/Creator]. Yea, the depths of the sea are as much under his control and influence as the atmosphere, and its whole collection of vapours, meteors, and galvanic and electric fluids. And such a person will prove that he’s not really righteous, but rather he’s given another term to describe him if he responds poorly to God’s chastening. Its loud noise (or his thunder) shall proclaim concerning him; This is literal, and gives, in my opinion, a proper meaning of the passage, and one in strict connection with the context. Chapter 36. many particles being united, they become too heavy to be sustained by the air in which they before were suspended, and so fall down in rain, which is either a mist, a drizzle, a shower, a storm, or a waterspout, according to the influence of different winds, or the presence and quantum of the electric fluid. That the general course of his providence is to favor the righteous: and that though he may sometimes correct them in love, yet if they submit patiently to his fatherly corrections, they shall enjoy all manner of prosperity; but if they be stubborn, and will not submit, they will only draw down greater proofs of his displeasure, Job 36:7-16. 36. Storms, tempests, and hurricanes, agitate the lower regions of the atmosphere, disperse noxious vapours, and thus render it fit for respiration; and without these it would soon become a stagnant, putrid, and deadly mass, in which neither animals could live, nor vegetables thrive. Not one of the versions has so understood them; nor does this translation, supposing even that the Hebrew would bear it, give so fine and so elegant an idea as that of the common version. He sends affliction; he knows this to be best for thee: but thou hast preferred death to affliction, thereby setting thy wisdom against the wisdom of God. So, that’s the effect of this coming storm on both the sky and animals. Their life is among the unclean - בקדשים bakedeshim, among the whores, harlots, prostitutes, and sodomites. In chapter 36 of the Book of Job, Elihu begins his final defense of God, pertaining to His unquestionable righteousness. His other friends had stood to it that, because he was a wicked man, therefore his afflictions were so great and so long. Mr. Good gets his translation by dividing the words in a different manner from the present text. Which the clouds do drop - In proportion to the evaporation will be the clouds or masses of volatilized and suspended vapor; and in proportion to this will be the quantum of rain which in different forms will fall upon the earth. And Elihu wants to set the record straight. Do you question God’s goodness? He’s consumed with figuring out why. But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked - As thou art acting like the wicked, so God deals with thee as he deals with them. Yet, in Job 42:7-9, those three are required to offer sacrifices before Job for their part in scolding Job with bad counsel (42:7). For my own part, I must acknowledge an extreme difficulty both here and in the concluding verse, on which I am unwilling to lay a correcting hand. The three friends say that Job has sinned and that’s why he’s getting punished. I will fetch my knowledge from afar; God wants us to cry out to him in our afflictions. Now, the lowest point that we know of in the oceans is called the Mariana Trench – which is out in the Pacific Ocean near the island of Guam. or who hath given understanding to the heart?. By them judgeth he the people - He makes storms, tempests, winds, hurricanes, tornadoes, thunder and lightning, drought and inundation, the instruments of his justice, to punish rebellious nations. And he’s still attempting to correct Job. 3 I will take up my argument from the beginning and my Maker I will prove just. He maketh small the drops of water - This appears simply to refer to evaporation, and perhaps it would be better to translate יגרע yegara, "he exhales;" detaches the smallest particles of the aqueous mass from the surface in order to form clouds, as reservoirs for the purpose of furnishing rain for the watering of the earth. God is great beyond understanding in the mighty thunderstorm and snowstorm (Job 36:26-37:13). He knows what is best to be done; he teaches thee how thou shouldst suffer and improve. Commentary on Job 37:1-13 (Read Job 37:1-13 ) The changes of the weather are the subject of a great deal of our thoughts and common talk; but how seldom do we think and speak of these things, as Elihu, with a regard to God, the director of them! I can bring proofs from the remotest ages and from the most distant countries to demonstrate that God is infinitely Wise, and can do nothing foolish or erroneous; that he is infinitely Powerful, and can bring all the purposes of his wisdom to effect; that he is infinitely Good, and can will nothing, and can do nothing that is not good in itself, and well calculated to do good to his creatures. Then a great ransom - When he determines to destroy, who can save? So, God causes clouds to cover the light. Well, of course, God is not that way. 3 I get my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe justice to my Maker. 23 Who hath [enjoined/appointed/prescribed for] him his way[s]? And when we do that, we can see that his work is ultimately beyond our understanding. the cattle also [,] concerning [the vapour/what is coming up/the storm’s approach]. Let not Job continue his unjust quarrel with God and his providence. Their end is totally shameful. Thou art not yet out of the reach of his mercy. spread--is repeated from Job 36:29 to form an antithesis. Elihu also proceeded — Having reprehended some of the unwarrantable expressions in Job’s discourses, Elihu comes closer to the business, and speaks to the very cause itself, showing, from the nature of God, and the methods of his providence, that he will administer impartial justice to all men. He is no more correct in his assessment of Job's situation than Eliphaz, Bildad or Zophar. They are too obstinate to humble themselves even under the mighty hand of God. Sometimes those righteous whom God exalts – well, they experience affliction. To disobey God is to say that He is not Lord. (1-4) The methods in which God deals with men. 36. Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts?] but with kings are [they/the righteous] on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, Job 38:36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? This is precisely the same idea, and conveyed in nearly the same words, as that of our Lord: - "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne;" Revelation 3:21. We’ll pick up Job 36 with the 22nd verse. Who hath enjoined him his way - Has God taken instructions from any man how he shall govern the world? Patristic Bible Commentary. and their years in [pleasures/pleasantness]. So, Elihu says that Job needs to be careful. Job Chapter 36 + Text Size ... Commentary for Job 36 . Hey – do you suppose that a God whose work is so high and so deep – ultimately beyond your comprehension in those ways – that he might be doing some work in your life in ways that are beyond your comprehension? I will show thee that all antiquity and experience are on my side. job 36:0. Learn more. Elihu vindicates God's justice, and his providential and gracious dealings with men, Job 36:1-9. But no one says, “Where is God my Maker” : Elihu noted that men seek God in their … In Elihu’s mind, Job has chosen evil rather than to just take his affliction in stride. We need to think about what God does. they cry not [when/even when] he bindeth them. Job Chapter 36 (KJV) With Commentary by Matthew Henry (1710) The Daily Walk with Miracles, April 9, 2017, by Paul Evans, courtesy of The Official King James Bible Online, Bible Commentary on Job Chapter 36 is by Matthew Henry (1710). He has no supervisor – and yet even if he did, no one would ever be able to accuse him of doing wrong because he would never be inclined to do wrong. So, as a storm rolls in – the sky is a pretty good indicator to mankind as to what’s coming. The eternity of God - We know him not, the number of his years cannot be found out. (1-4) The methods in which God deals with men. He preserveth not the life - He will not give life to the wicked; all such forfeit life by their transgressions. But giveth right - Justice will he give to the afflicted or humble, עניים aniyim . About The Bible Says; How To Use This Site; Contact neither can the number of his years be searched out. NET Job 36:18 Be careful that no one entices you with riches; And do not let the greatness of the ransom turn you aside. 17 But thou [hast fulfilled/were full of/are preoccupied with] the judgment [of/due] the wicked: 24 Remember [ that thou magnify/that you should exalt/to extol] his work, [ of...] which [ men/people] [ behold/have sung/have praised in song ]. And Elihu says that God does this for that kind of person forever! But now in the next verse he’s going to connect God’s work in nature with the effects that that work has when it comes to God’s human creatures. [’]. Here's the mystery about Elihu's six-chapter monologue. The depth there reaches over 35,000 feet or over 6 ½ miles. Job 36:1 Elihu also proceeded, and said, Job 36:19 Will he esteem thy riches? So, God can work with clouds in such a way that no rain falls. High as the clouds! 12 But if they [obey not/do not hear/refuse to listen]. The noise thereof showeth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapor - I think this translation very unhappy. they shall [spend/end/live out] their days in prosperity, ; Revelation 1:5, Revelation 1:6. but giveth [right/justice] to the [poor/afflicted]. He is mighty - Literally, "He is mighty in strength of heart;" he can never be terrified nor alarmed. Commentary Browse by Book Dig Deeper. Job 36:27 Or distill from the mist as rain; Job 36:31 Or nourishes; Job 36:33 Or announces his coming— / the One zealous against evil And embedded in Elihu’s plea for Job to listen to him is Elihu’s purpose. Low as the depths of the sea! The word יגל yigel might be translated he shall make them exult, or sing with joy, in oppression; like the three Hebrews in the burning fiery furnace. 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