Dave Burnette's Commentary

Job Chapter 32

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Unknown, possibly Job, Moses, Solomon, and Elihu
Date Penned: (2000-1800 BC)
Overview: Faith in God's Sovereignty Through Trials (c 1-42)
Theme: A Young Man Answer Job (c 32-37)
Message: Elihu Recognizes the Truth (v 1-22)

Job 32 Commentary

(32:1) Joe's Three Friends Cut Off the Discussion - If Job was really a good man, his three friends would have to drop their theory that suffering is always God's punishment for evil actions. Instead of considering another viewpoint, however, they cut off the discussion. They were convinced that Job had some hidden fault or sin, so there was no point in talking if Job would not confess it. But Job knew he had lived uprightly before God and others (Job 29) and had avoided wrong thoughts and actions (Job 31). He wasn't about to invent a sin to satisfy his friends!

(32:2-5) Elihu Speaks to Job - When Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar had nothing more to say, Elihu became the fourth person to speak to Job. This was the first and only time he spoke. Apparently, Elihu was a bystander and much younger than the others (32:6-7), but he introduced a new viewpoint. While Job's three friends said he was suffering from some past sins, Elihu said Job's suffering would not go away until he realized his present sin. He maintained that Job wasn't suffering because of sin; he was sinning because of suffering. Elihu pointed out that Job's attitude had become arrogant as he tried to defend his innocence. Elihu also said that suffering is not meant to punish us as much as it is meant to correct and restore us, to keep us on the right path. Elihu's speech was partially true. He was urging Job to look at his suffering from a different perspective and with a greater purpose in mind. While he spoke on a higher spiritual plateau than the others, Elihu still wrongly assumed that a correct response to suffering always brings healing and restoration (33:23-30) and that suffering is always in some way connected to sin (34:11).

(32:7-9) Seeking Wisdom - Elihu stated, "The inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding." It is not enough to recognize a great truth; it must be lived out each day. Although he was younger than the others, Elihu recognized the truth that God was the only source of real wisdom, but he did not use God's wisdom to help Job either. While he recognized where wisdom came from, he did not understand how to apply it. Becoming wise is an ongoing, lifelong pursuit, and it must always be done in the context of loving and caring for others. Don't be content just to know about wisdom; make it part of your life and use it to truly bless others rather than to try to make a point.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Wisdom Comes from the Lord

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Job with Chapter 32. In our text today we see Young Elihu speaking to the 3 friends of Job as he criticized them for their unfruitful speech. What catches my eye is verses 7-9 where Elihu stated that God was the only source of true wisdom. In making application we see that wisdom is still sought today. The problem is that man seeks after mans wisdom that is fleeting and changing while the wisdom of the Lord is true and unshakable. We learned the fear or reverence of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom. Once we acknowledge Him we can seek His wisdom which is true and unshakable. How about you? Do you seek your wisdom from God or Man? Let us learn from our text today and the life of Job along with the wisdom of Elihu to remember that True Wisdom comes from the Lord. 


Job 32

Job 32

 1So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

 2Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.

 3Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.

 4Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he.

 5When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled.

 6And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion.

 7I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

 8But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

 9Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.

 10Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion.

 11Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say.

 12Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, there was none of you that convinced Job, or that answered his words:

 13Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man.

 14Now he hath not directed his words against me: neither will I answer him with your speeches.

 15They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.

 16When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, and answered no more;)

 17I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion.

 18For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me.

 19Behold, my belly is as wine which hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles.

 20I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.

 21Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man.

 22For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my maker would soon take me away.