(3 He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven and sends it to the ends of the earth. BAR ES, "At this also - That is, in view of the thunderstorm, for it is that which Elihu is describing. So that everyone will pay attention – not to their own work – but to his. 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! if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up. Job 37 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is written by one of the most influential men of the modern Christianity movement. And yet, that is not how we ought to think about his work. 21 And now [men see not the bright light/the sun cannot be looked at] which is [bright…] in the [clouds/skies]:[but the/after a] wind [passeth/has passed/passed], and [cleanseth/cleared/swept away] [them/the clouds]. Elihu Proclaims God's Majesty - “At this also my heart trembles and leaps out of its place. Does he really need to be bothered with the discontented complaining of his creatures who really can’t understand – let alone do – anything that he alone understands fully and can do perfectly? Saltar al contenido principal.es. Job 37:6-8. Hear attentively--the thunder (noise), &c., and then you will feel that there is good reason to tremble. For He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth'; Likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength. But the coming storm also has an effect on man – and Elihu himself testifies to being personally moved at the approaching storm. Elihu's speeches (Job 32-37) foreshadow theological concepts in and prepare the way for the Lord's speeches (Job 38-41). And God would be justified in swallowing us up if we do that. Job 37:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Job 37:10, NIV: "The breath of God produces ice, and the broad waters become frozen." Not only in terms of wisdom and knowledge and understanding. In Job 37:18 the question to Job is sarcastic, as is the Hiphil imperative, "teach us" in Job 37:19. Or who stretched the line upon it? # lightning: Heb. (1-4) The methods in which God deals with men. Job 37 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is a one-volume commentary prepared by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown He works through natural phenomena in order to deal with people. Job was nowhere to be found when God laid the foundations of the earth. Or who laid its cornerstone, When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?” a. I’m doing chapter to chapter. Read Job 37 commentary using John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. Why does he bring rain or snow or whatever else? Job 37 commentary 1. Job 37 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. God’s ways and his reasons for doing what he does are oftentimes beyond our knowledge! Elihu sees a tempest rising. It’s not the atmosphere that dictates these things. Elihu sees a tempest rising. Frost and ice are coming. God’s work of lightning. He knows how to make it happen and he is able to make it happen. Job 37 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary of the Old and New Testament was penned by John Calvin, Martin Luther and Huldrych Zwingli. Job 37:1-24.. 1. Sounds like what we’ll be dealing with here in the next few months – even though this summer has been so hot and humid. 32 So these three men stopped answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. And so, Job needs to go back to this approach to God. Keep listening to the thunder of his voice and the rumbling that comes from his mouth. No, it doesn’t, Andrew. Job knows better how to run the world than God does. We don’t! That is, in view of the thunderstorm, for it is that which Elihu is describing. Epilogue - Job's Prosperity Restored. But God does it – every day. # Hear…: Heb. But it’s all ultimately his doing. Elihu observes the power of God. Dialogue with Elihu (Job 32-37) Bible Commentary / Produced by TOW Project At this point, a young bystander named Elihu enters the discussion. We don’t understand and we’re powerless – and we presume to question God on his dealings in this world? There’s something that happened at the beginning of this book that none of these men are factoring into why God is bringing suffering into Job’s life – but it’s the only reason that we’re aware of that God is sending the suffering… What is it? (Verse 14-20.) We don’t either, ultimately. (Verse 1-13.) Bible Commentary / Produced by TOW Project Introduction to Job Back to Table of Contents Back to Table ... Job's Second Lament. Elihu observes the power of God. © 2021 Christianity.com. 6 For He saith to the snow: Fall towards the earth, And to the rain-shower. And you and I can trust his wisdom – even when we don’t understand his ways in this world. He’s causing the thunder to roar. Elihu observes the power of God. But here’s the key – we very well might not understand that reason. It’s entirely possible that this is what’s happening at this point in Elihu’s speech. The light of God's favour shines ever towards his faithful servants, though it be not always seen. When clouds come between, the sun is darkened in the clear day. No – the moment we start thinking that God is wrong or is doing wrong – is the moment that we are wrong. In fact, we’ll see him ask four questions – one right after another – in the rest of this chapter. Job 37 Commentary, this commentary, filling six volumes, provides an exhaustive look at every verse in the Bible. 2 But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God. 4 After the lightning comes the sound of his voice.. In that sense, the thunder is his voice. 24 Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart. 11 Also [by watering/with moisture] he [wearieth/loads] the thick cloud:he [scattereth/disperses] [his bright cloud/the cloud of his lightning/his lightning through the clouds]: So, once more, Elihu is back to speaking of clouds and lightning and rain. They know better than God. Clouds. 6 For he saith to the snow,[Be thou on/Fall on/Fall to] the earth; [likewise/and] to the [small rain, and to the great rain/downpour and the rain/torrential rains][of his strength/“Be strong”/“pour down”]. And there are numerous uncountable other things that God knows – and you don’t. Libros. 19 [Teach/Tell] us what we shall say unto him;for we cannot [order/arrange/prepare] [our speech/our case/a case] [by reason/because] of [the…] darkness. Job 38:1-42:6. Like you and me. Sins are clouds, and often hinder us from seeing that bright light which is in the face of God. And then Elihu speaks more of the effects of the cold that God sends from the north. He does not restrain the lightning when His rumbling voice is heard. 3 He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth. Job 37:10, KJV: "By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened." Also by watering — The earth; by causing the clouds first to receive, and then to convey to distant parts, and afterward to pour forth, abundance of water; he wearieth the thick clouds — Alluding to men’s being wearied with carrying burdens, travelling, and labour. So, based on the fact that when it comes to all sorts of things in this life – God is the only one who really understands and is really able to do anything – does God really need to be informed that we have a complaint with how he’s running things around here? How can the judge be judged? Job 37 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this one volume concise commentary provides a condensed look at nearly every verse in the Bible The ill opinion which men entertain of the Divine direction, peculiarly appears in their murmurs about the weather, though the whole result of the year proves the folly of their complaints. And Elihu could well say, “Can you do that, Job? Consider the fact that you can’t in any way make snow or rain fall. 3 He sends it forth under the whole heaven, His lightning to the ends of the earth. He influences the atmosphere. As God has a powerful, freezing north wind, so he has a thawing, composing south wind: the Spirit is compared to both, because he both convinces and comforts, Song of Solomon 4:16. What does he know and what can he do when compared to God the Almighty? I’m so much humbled by these insights. Well, continuing on – if you’re a construction worker or someone who labors outside or someone who needs to commute anywhere for work – then you know what it’s like to have your work hindered by God’s unfathomable work. 1. The friends presume to know exactly how God always deals with the wicked – as if they know everything that he knows when he determines what he should do with such people. It goes all throughout the sky. So, God is in control. Who determined its measurements? — How God doth, as it were, weigh the clouds in balances; so that, although they are full of water, and heavy, yet they are by his power suspended in the thin air, and kept from falling down upon us in spouts and floods, as sometimes they have done, and generally would do, if not governed by a higher Providence. The message is – God is still the same. In ancient Israel, lions were commonly found in the forested areas of the country. But now Elihu is starting to express his own feelings in relation to this storm. wings. Sooner or later all men shall fear him. He seals the hand of every man, That all men may know His work. 2 Hear attentively the thunder of His voice, And the rumbling that comes from His mouth. Hear in hearing. Listen to the roar of his voice, (to the rumbling that comes from his mouth. So, back to this verse, Job doesn’t know how God deals with lightning. And I trust that this message from Elihu today will do just that for those of us who know him. At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place. When he speaks, it is like the sound of thunder.. 5 When God speaks, great things happen.. So, how does God balance clouds? And now all of a sudden – the Lord appears in one of those storms. God is great, and is to be feared. Job 37:13 - 'Whether for correction, or for His world, Or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen. Job has become one of these who are wise of heart – at least, that’s how they view themselves. And notice that as Elihu ends this chapter and speaks of God’s wondrous works, he starts asking Job questions. So, God is majestic, unknowable in some ways, powerful, full justice and righteousness, and always good. It’s easy. Believers should avoid this; no days are bad as God makes them, though we make many bad by our sins. It’s no problem for him. And, Job is powerless also when it comes to the sky. on StudyLight.org (When his voice resounds, Elihu desires Job's attention. So, when it comes down to it, we’re really in the dark. And yet it takes just a bit of wind to move those clouds along. And let me ask you – what is one reality that we know of that neither Job nor the friends nor even Elihu know – as it relates to Job’s circumstances in this book? Surely you know! Job 36 Commentary: “listen to me” 1-4 So, Elihu begins by urging Job to listen to him. What he discusses therein… 21 And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them. And folks – that kind of thinking is so wrong. Listen to the loud noise when he speaks. Now that God is about to speak, Elihu delivers a few words, as the sum of all his discourse. Job 37:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Job 37:14, NIV: "Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God's wonders." (1) The LORD speaks to Job from the whirlwind.. Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:. His dialogue with Job parallels the discourse between Job and his friends in chapters 4-27. And from all the clouds which trouble our consciences, the Holy Spirit sets us free in the work of consolation. And from that position of judge, we can render a verdict regarding how God is doing. Due thoughts of the works of God will help to reconcile us to all his providences. Job 37 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, produced by John Wesley between 1754 and 1765, has stood the test of time. Elihu concludes his discourse with some great sayings concerning the glory of God. Well, here are two of these great things that God does that we ultimately don’t understand. Light always is, but is not always to be seen. Job 37 Elihu continues to speak. Job 37:17b Now, we know that God is going to come to Job in a whirlwind – in a storm. 23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict. So, even when we don’t understand God’s ways – we can trust his wisdom as he leads us through this oftentimes perplexing life. 14 [Hearken/Listen/Pay attention] [unto/to] this, O Job:stand still, and consider the [wondrous works/wonders] of God. And his thinking and understanding is beyond you. Job 37:11-12. Commentary on Job 38-42 (Job Meets God) June 22, 2015 Bill Pratt Leave a comment. Well, the content of verse 19 – Elihu saying that Job needs to teach him and his friends what to say to God – that leads Elihu to another question – though it’s a bit different than the first three. Then there comes a roaring sound; God thunders with His majestic voice. With God is terrible majesty. And God does this from every direction – north and south. And you might not like that he’s sending frost and ice. God’s sending the storm. Tell Me, if you have understanding. Job 37 Commentary, this commentary is a one-volume commentary prepared by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown David Guzik commentary on Job 35, where Elihu states that Job’s self-righteousness is the reason why God does not answer Job. He’s the same good and just and powerful deity that Job has known and loved and served. God is good and powerful and just – whether we want to acknowledge that in our lives or not. light # ends: Heb. on StudyLight.org Job 37:14, NASB: "'Listen to this, O Job, Stand and consider the wonders of God." Everyone is forced to stop. Required fields are marked *. So, something that can be moved along by a light breeze poses such an obstacle for us. The best of men are much in the dark concerning the glorious perfections of the Divine nature and the Divine government. And the great rain of his strength — Those storms of rain which come with great force and irresistible violence. (a) At the marvelling of the thunder and lightnings: by which he declares that the faithful are lively touched with the majesty of God, when they behold his works.37:2 Hear attentively the b noise of his voice, and the sound [that] goeth out of his mouth. 37 “At this my heart pounds and leaps from its place. Or he might do any of these things in order to show mercy to humans. Nature directs all creatures to shelter themselves from a storm; and shall man only be unprovided with a refuge? And he notes that these other things are beyond our understanding. That’s what Elihu says. Job would have been inclined to believe all of that before his trial. And so, Elihu continues to speak of God’s work of thunder and lightning. Does reference to Earth being STILL mean that Earth does not move / rotate ? So, who determines where snow and rain should fall? His work can also prevent animals from doing anything. Job 36 Commentary: Let’s turn our attention to Job 36. Job 42:7-17. (Verse 21-24.) And either way, it’s beyond our understanding. There are many, many things that God does that we don’t understand. 23 [Touching/as for] the Almighty, we cannot [find him out/find him/attain to him]:he is [excellent/exalted/great] in power, [and/but] [in judgment/justice], and [in plenty of justice:/abundant righteousness] he [will/does] not [afflict/do violence/oppress]. When clouds come between, the sun is darkened in the clear day. He saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth — By his powerful will the snow is formed in the air, and falls upon the earth where and when he sees fit. Adam Clarke Commentary. Prime Cesta. This description was commenced in (Job 36:29), and is continued to (Job 37:5), and should not have been separated by the division into chapters. 1 ‘A storm like that makes me very afraid.. 2 Listen well to God's words.. It goes in all directions. And he’s still attempting to correct Job. 4 After [it/that] a voice roareth: he thundereth with [the voice of his excellency/his majestic voice/an exalted voice];and he [will not stay/does not restrain/does not hold back] [them/the lightnings/his lightning bolts] when his voice is heard. And that’s where Elihu wants this to end for now. 13 He causeth it to [come/happen/find its mark],whether [for correction, or/it is for punishment] for his [land/world], or [whether it is…] for [mercy/lovingkindness]. Job 37. So, if Job doesn’t even understand how to balance the clouds – then how could be possibly do it? Hola, Identifícate. At this also my heart trembleth] At this?At what? How absurd! No? Commentary on Job 37:21-24 (Read Job 37:21-24) Elihu concludes his discourse with some great sayings concerning the glory of God. And now Elihu wants to speak of other “great things” that God does. 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