You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
8 Surely thou hast spoken ['amar] in mine hearing ['ozen],
and I have heard [shama`] the voice [qowl] of thy words [millah],
9 I am clean [zak] without
transgression [pesha`], I am innocent [chaph]; neither is there iniquity [`avon] in me.
10 Behold, he findeth [matsa'] occasions [tanuw'ah]
against me, he counteth [chashab] me for his
11 He putteth [suwm] my feet [regel] in the stocks [cad], he
marketh [shamar] all my paths ['orach].
12 Behold, in this thou art not just [tsadaq]: I will answer [`anah]
thee, that God ['elowahh] is greater [rabah] than man ['enowsh]. KJV-Interlinear
8 'Surely you have spoken in my
hearing, And I have heard the sound of your words: 9 'I am pure, without transgression; I am innocent and there is no guilt in me. 10 'Behold, He invents pretexts against me; He counts me as His enemy. 11 'He puts my feet in the stocks; He watches all my paths.' 12 'Behold, let me tell you, you are not right
in this, For God is greater than man. NASB
In his attempted objectivity, Elihu is going to quote
Jobs own words in order to prove Jobs error.
And he says as much.
From his own hearing, Elihu has been present during
the whole conversation. He has heard Job with his own ears. He did not hear anything second hand. He did not read about it in the news, nor see
it on television. He did not receive these comments via hearsay or through any
The other three friends tried to use long standing
experience, age, world wisdom to prove their points and to prove Jobs
guilt. But, in his youth, Elihu will try
being objective and use Jobs very own words to show Jobs error.
Unfortunately, this will be the flaw of Elihu's
objectivity, because he will not quote Job exactly, he will take Jobs words out
of context, he will ignore most of the bulk of Jobs discourse, and he will draw
wrong inferences from Jobs words while ignoring almost everything else that Job
These verses recite general and simple quotes, or near
quotes from Jobs words. While the words
in the English are almost exact, the words in the original are not.
Job did not say that he was 'clean,' or 'without
transgression,' or 'innocent.' With
respect to 'cleanness,' he had observed, 'Who can bring a clean thing out of an
unclean?,' implying that all men were unclean, Job 14:4.
As for 'transgressions,' he said, 'I have sinned...
Why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity?,' Job
7:20,21. 'Thou makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth,' Job 13:26.
Also, he asked the number of his sins, Job 13:23, and said
that God kept his transgressions and iniquities sewn up and sealed in a bag, Job 14:17.
Concerning 'innocence,' the only observation that he
had made was, 'I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent,' Job 9:28.
Job sorted out and distinguished his human
characteristics from his spiritual characteristics with regard to his
uprightness, his integrity, his righteousness, Job 12:4, 16:17, 23:7, 27:5-6, 31:5-40.
The quotes from verse ten and eleven are not exact
quotes from Job 7:17-19, 10:3-6, 13:27, 16:9, and 19:11, and they also leave
out all references to the context of those discourses of Jobs.
In short, Elihu began with eloquent words of respect
and objectivity, and then settled down into a system of selectively harvesting
comments of Jobs, isolating them from their context and then drawing conclusions
as to Jobs present status.
Elihu overstated his case with micro-management of
Jobs words and became just as unfair in his accusations of Job, as did the
other three friends.
His combined youth and selectivity of Jobs words is a
strong indication of his lack of spiritual maturity, and certainly his lack of
In his attempt to act as a mediator, he failed merely
because he did not listen to all that Job had said, nor did he fully understand
the meaning of all that Job had said.
Anyone can go to church weekly, even daily, and sit
there and listen and listen and listen, but if they lack fellowship status, if
they lack concentration, if they are selective in what they agree to or in what
they want to hear, then they will carry with them an inherent flaw in their
All too often we cover issues such as the illegal
aliens, abortion, war, authority, politics and so forth, and generally I will
get flooded with emails condemning me for such comments whatever they may
be. By the way I also get numerous
emails of thanks and appreciation too.
So all is not bad.
But this just proves that people want to listen to
only those things that they agree with.
Unfortunately the Bible was not written to please you, but to condemn
you and specifically, to condemn your thinking.
Whether you agree with it or not, is irrelevant. The Bible is here to train you in truth, and
if given enough time, then the principles in the Bible (which are communicated
by the Holy Spirit, by the way) will make themselves clear, and help you in
your objectivity and thinking.
If I state something in error, then that will be apparent
too, but that too is irrelevant. The
Bible is here to train you in your thinking, and a part of that thinking is to
listen, evaluate, test, and repeat it all again and again, for your entire
life. Sooner or later, the truth will
become apparent to you and that is the relevant objective of spiritual growth.
We all have opinions.
The three friends had their opinions, Elihu had his opinions, Job had
his opinions, and when we reach the conclusion of this book, then we will see
that in the end, that all opinions become subordinate to those of God.
Jesus Christ controls history. We do not.
We will make decisions everyday of our life. We will vote for candidates every so often. We will make good decisions and bad ones, but
our will, when all is said and done, is irrelevant. What is important is that
we continue to listen and learn and to keep an open mind regarding our own
People will have an endless stream of opinions about
us and what they think of us. That too
is an area of testing for spiritual growth.
Note that, in all of these comments, Job is silent,
polite and maintains his poise.
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.