This is his shortest speech.
|The Speaker||Then Elihu continued and said,|
|A. Elihu summarizes Job's Speeches
His thesis is simple: Job thinks he is better than God and that his treatment could not have been worse even if he had sinned.
|Do you think this is according to justice?
Do you say,
'My righteousness is more than God's '?For you say,
'What advantage will it be to You?"I will answer you,
And your friends with you.
|B. Clouds: A Metaphor for God
They are higher than you are (by implication so is God) and are unattainable (so is God)
|Look at the heavens and see;
And behold the clouds-- they are higher than you.
|C. God: The Decision is Pending--Wait!
1) God is neither hurt nor profited by man's actions.
|If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against Him?
And if your transgressions are many, what do you do to Him?
If you are righteous, what do you give to Him,
Your wickedness is for a man like yourself,
Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out;
But no one says,
'Where is God my Maker,There they cry out, but
He does not answer
Because of the pride of evil men.
Surely God will not listen to an empty cry,
Nor will the Almighty regard it.
How much less when you say you do not behold Him,