|Job 34 |
1 [This speech from Elihu, the younger of Job's friends, does not accuse Job of being a sinner, but he does correctly accuse Job of implying that God is unjust for afflicting him; despite Elihu being wrong to condemn Job for complaining and questioning God's fairness, Elihu was correct in what he said. Job's other friends cannot conceive that God would deliberately afflict a righteous man who walked without sin; and so in their angry defense of God's honor and fairness, they assume Job is wicked, has sinned, is lying, and blasphemes God in the process of rebellion. Accusing Job of being a sinner and lying was clearly wrong, and in the end, God says this about Job's older friends in Job 42:7, "I am angry with you (Eliphaz) and your two friends, (Zophar and Bildad) because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has." Job spoke truly when he said he had not sinned.]
Furthermore Elihu answered and said,
2 "Hear my words, O you wise men; and give ear to me, you who have knowledge.
3 For the ear tries words, as the mouth tastes food.
4 Let us choose for ourselves what is right; let us know among ourselves what is good.
5 For Job has said, 'I am righteous, but God has taken away my justice.
6 Should I lie against what I know rightly? My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.'
7 What man is like Job, who drinks up scorning like water?
8 Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity, and walks with wicked men.
9 For he has said, 'It profits a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.'
10 Therefore listen to me you men of understanding. Far be it from God, that He should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that He should commit iniquity.
11 For [at judgment] He shall render to man according to his works, and cause every man to find [discover the truth] according to his ways.1
12 Yes, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert justice.
13 Who has given him a charge over the earth? Or who has appointed him over the whole world?
14 If He set his Heart upon man, if He gathers to Himself His spirit and His breath;
15 All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again to dust.
16 If now you have understanding, hear this; listen to the voice of my words.
17 Shall he who hates right govern? Will you condemn Him who is most just?
18 Who says to a king, 'You are wicked;' and to princes, 'You are ungodly.'
19 How much less to Him who does not show partiality to princes, nor does He regard the rich more than the poor? For they all are the work of his hands.
20 In a moment they shall die; the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away; and the mighty shall be taken away without a hand.
21 For His eyes are upon the ways of man, and He sees all his goings.
22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
23 For He will not lay upon man more than right; that He should enter into judgment before God.
24 He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their place.
25 Therefore He knows their works, and He overturns them in the night, so that they are destroyed.
26 He strikes them as wicked men in the open sight of others;
27 Because they turned back from Him, and would not consider any of His ways,
28 So that they cause the cry of the poor to come to Him, and He hears the cry of the afflicted.
29 When He gives quietness, who then can condemn? When He hides his face, who then can see Him? Whether it is done against a nation, or against a man only —
30 So that the hypocrite may not reign, lest people become ensnared.
31 Surely it is fit to be said to God, 'I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more.
32 What I cannot see, teach me. Then if I have done iniquity, I will do it no more.'
33 Should it be according to your mind? He will repay it, whether you refuse, or whether you choose; and not I. Therefore speak what you know.
34 Men of understanding tell me, and wise men who listen to me say,
35 'Job has spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.'
36 My desire is that Job may be tried to the end because his answers are like wicked men.
37 For he adds rebellion to his sin, he claps his hands among us, and multiplies his words against God."
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1 Note! God will give to every man whatever his works deserve. Now Christendom would have you believe that if you believe in Jesus, you will somehow escape the judgment and not have to stand or fall on the basis of your works. But the New Testament says:
And this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For everyone that does evil hates the light, neither does he comes to the light, for fear his deeds will be exposed and reproved.
But he who practices truth comes to the light, so that his deeds may be shown to have been produced [formed and powered] through God. John 3:19-21.
For the Son of man will come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he will reward every man according to his works. Mat 16:27.
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them; and they were judged every man according to their works. Rev 20:13.
At judgment everyone will learn about the true gospel and the true God. Then they will have to go to outer darkness to learn about the truth within their own hearts; God will satiate them with the desires of their own hearts, so they can see the evil course they have been on in their lives.
Then will they call upon me but I will not answer; they will seek me early and diligently but they will not find me.
Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord,
Would accept none of my counsel, and despised all my reproof,
Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way and be satiated with their own devices.
For the backsliding of the simple shall slay them, and the careless ease of fools shall destroy them. Pro 1:28-32.
In this life or the next, we have to: 1) discover the bitterness of the passions and pleasures that our hearts desire, and 2) over time suffer the consequences of our passions and pleasures, while longing to have them removed by desperately seeking the grace of God to be changed. In Hell, our passions are unrestrained, similar to how we are without restraint to lusts and violence in our dreams. For our passions are the worst of tyrants. When we are placed so that we are entirely given up to them, they will torment the heart, and, like a torrent, sweep all before them, and yet never be satisfied. We must discover that true liberty is to be found only in him, whose truth shall set us free, and who shall lead us to understand only in noble actions (serving him) are we really free. In this way, when our heart's defects are removed, one at a time, we are certain not to return to sin in our free wills. Love never forces its own way, instead it helps us see the error of the wrong way, so we can choose the right way; and then rewards us with the grace of change, finally resulting in purity.
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