34:2 Hear my words, O ye a wise [men]; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.
(a) Which are esteemed wise by the world.
34:4 Let us choose to us b
judgment: let us know among ourselves what [is] good.
(b) Let us examine the matter uprightly.
34:5 For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God
hath taken c away my judgment.
(c) That is, has afflicted me without measure.
34:6 Should I lie against my d
right? my wound [is] e incurable without
(d) Should I say, I am wicked, being an innocent?
(e) I am more punished, than my sin deserves.
34:7 What man [is] like Job, [who] drinketh up f
scorning like water?
(f) Which is compelled to receive your reproach
and scorns of many for his foolish words.
34:8 Which goeth in g
company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men.
(g) Meaning that Job was like the wicked, because
he seemed not to glorify God and submit himself to his judgments.
34:9 For he hath said, h
It profiteth a man nothing that he should i
delight himself with God.
(h) He wrests Job's words who said that God's
children are often punished in this world, and the wicked go free.
(i) That is, live godly, (Genesis
If k he set his heart upon man, [if] he
gather unto himself his spirit l and his
(k) To destroy him.
(l) The breath of life which he gave man.
Shall even he that hateth right m
govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just?
(m) If God were not just, how could be govern the
34:18 [Is it fit] to say to a king, [Thou art] n
wicked? [and] to princes, [Ye are] ungodly?
(n) If man by nature fears to speak evil of such
as have power, then they should be much more afraid to speak evil of God.
34:20 In a moment shall
they die, o and the people shall be
troubled at midnight, p and pass away:
and the mighty shall be taken away without hand.
(o) When they look not for it.
(p) The messengers of visitation that God will
For he will not lay upon man more [than right]; that he should q
enter into judgment with God.
(q) God does not afflict man above measure so
that he should have opportunity to contend with him.
34:24 He shall break in pieces mighty men without r
number, and set others in their stead.
(r) For all his creatures are at hand to serve
him, so that he needs not to seek for any other army.
34:25 Therefore he knoweth their s
works, and he overturneth [them] in the t
night, so that they are destroyed.
(s) Make it known that they are wicked.
(t) Declare the things that were hid.
34:26 He striketh them as wicked men in the open
sight of u others;
(u) Meaning, openly in the sight of all men.
34:28 So that they cause
the cry of the poor to x come unto him,
and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.
(x) By their cruelty and extortion.
34:30 That the y
hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.
(y) When tyrants sit in the throne of justice
which under pretence of executing justice are hypocrites and oppress the
people, it is a sign that God has drawn back his countenance of favour from
34:31 Surely it is meet z
to be said unto God, I have borne [chastisement], I will not offend [any more]:
(z) It only belongs to God to moderate his
corrections, and not to man.
[That which] I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no
(a) Thus Elihu speaks in the person of God, as it
were mocking Job, because he would be wiser than God.
34:33 [Should it be] according to b
thy mind? he will recompense c it,
whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak what
(b) Will God use your counsel in doing his works?
(c) Thus he speaks in the person of God, as
though Job should chose and refuse affliction at his pleasure.
My desire [is that] Job may be d tried
unto the end because of [his] answers for wicked men.
(d) That he may speak as much as he can, that we
may answer him and all the wicked that will use such arguments.
34:37 For he e
addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth [his hands] among us, and multiplieth
his words against God.
(e) He stands stubbornly to the maintenance of