JOB 35
Elihu's Third Speech
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? 
What profit will I have, more than if I had sinned?' 
"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.

2)  Some of this is obscure  and needs and is difficult to comment on.

3)  Points that are clear:

a)  God does not listen to empty cries.
b)  The judge is still considering your case therefore you should be patient and wait!
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, 
Or what does He receive from your hand? 

Your wickedness is for a man like yourself, 
And your righteousness is for a son of man. 

Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; 
They cry for help because of the arm of the mighty. 

But no one says, 

'Where is God my Maker, 
Who gives songs in the night,
Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth 
And makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?' 
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, 
The case is before Him, and you must wait for Him! 
And now, because He has not visited in His anger, 
Nor has He acknowledged transgression well, 
So Job opens his mouth emptily; 
He multiplies words awithout knowledge.