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2 Then was kindled [charah] the wrath ['aph] of Elihu ['Eliyhuw] the son [ben] of Barachel [Barak'el] the Buzite [Buwziy], of the
kindred [mishpachah] of Ram [Ram]: against Job ['Iyowb] was
his wrath ['aph] kindled [charah], because he justified [tsadaq] himself [nephesh] rather
than God ['elohiym]. KJV-Interlinear
2 But the anger of Elihu the son
of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram burned; against Job his anger
burned, because he justified himself before God. NASB
The anger mentioned here is more of frustration.
Elihu is now introduced as the fifth participant of
this conversation. He later mentions
that he is considerably younger than the others and thus we presume that he may
be half their age. But that is obviously
If the others were in the hundred-year age bracket,
then someone who is ninety or eighty or even seventy would not consider himself
considerably younger. But someone who is
fifty or younger, certainly would.
The name 'Elihu' means 'the God of Him,' 'Who is God,'
'He is my God.' This is a reference to
the personal name of God, rather than the general name of a deity. Elihu was a common name used throughout the
Elihu was the son of Barachel, of the Buzite group, of
the family of Ram. Beyond this
genealogy, nothing more is mentioned.
Most commentators presume that 'Buzite' means Buz the second son of
Nahor, the brother of Abraham. But the
references to the different family lines, namely Barachel and Ram, makes this
relationship impossible. Nothing more is
mentioned about Barachel or Ram, so their ancestry is not known.
If Elihu's ancestry was important, then God would have
made certain that it was better referenced in this book, but since it was not,
then there is some other reason for mentioning the ancestry of the youngest of
Barachel means 'God has blessed.' Buzite means 'disrespect, despised, shamed,
contempt, or one who has come from shame or contempt.' Ram means 'to bring up, presumptuous, haughty,
extol, lofty, exalted.'
So the chain of Elihu's ancestry comes to mean, one
who had been presumptuous or self-exalted, and has therefore been generally
shamed or despised, has been blessed regardless of their past, by He who is
He who is God, is He who has no name, at this time in
history, and is a personal reference to Jesus Christ, the second person of the
Trinity, the same as the redeemer and the advocate mentioned earlier by Job.
Elihu will make a number of arguments in his speech,
but when all is said and done, he will have nothing significant to add to the
debate, except for his disgust that Job does not repent and that God is so
great that nothing can be understood about Him.
In addition to this, we can learn that God was on the
minds of a large portion of the ancient world.
This is obvious by virtue of the meanings of the names used, but what is
more important, people back in those ancient times, knew God by reference to His
personal character rather than as some ambiguous super being.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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