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14 Now he hath not directed [`arak] his words [millah] against
me: neither will I answer [shuwb] him with your
speeches ['emer]. KJV-Interlinear
14 'For he has not arranged his
words against me; Nor will I reply to
him with your arguments. NASB
Elihu states that this discussion has escalated into a
controversy of words between the three friends and Job.
Job has taken the position that he is not the wicked
person he has been made out to be. The
three friends have taken disaster, the disaster of Jobs life, and have made it
into some kind of controversy demanding an admission of guilt from Job before
his problem will go away.
The friends have gone so far as to make accusations of
culpability, fault, and guilt against Job, combined with their emotional
retaliation against his personal defenses.
Elihu is now going to assume a role of an impartial and
unbiased bystander. And here he states
He has listened in silence as the friends have
attacked Job and as Job has defended himself.
Jobs words were not directed at Elihu, and likewise Elihu is not going
to try to pick apart Jobs words.
Furthermore, the friends came out swinging with
unfounded accusations and unproven society accepted principles. At least in their opinions. And Elihu states that he is not going to take
up there arguments due to their weakness and inaccuracies.
Elihu's intent is to function as an impartial intermediary
or a mediator between the two parties.
But in his speech he will try to show both parties in error and that God
is the only party who will be proven right in the matter. And God has not spoken yet, but Elihu is
going to attempt to give a divine view from his impartial position.
So, Job and his three friends have sat down and argued
and neither have come out the winner, from each of their own perspectives. Although, the friends gave up in their
argument, they gave up while shaking their heads to what they perceived as Jobs
Job stood fast in his position of relative
righteousness. That is, being as best a
person can be in Gods sight, given the difficulties of the world.
Elihu will make his case over the course of the next
several chapters, while Job will be polite and allow him, Elihu the youngster,
to speak. Job will not respond to Elihu,
despite the accusations Elihu will make, but this will only indicate Jobs
courtesy in allowing Elihu to speak.
God will not make any comments directly to Elihu,
indicating His courtesy in allowing the voice of innocent immaturity to speak
But as far as you and I are concerned, Elihu will still
be able to teach us a great deal of doctrine.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.