Dave Burnette's Commentary

Job Chapter 34

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 Speaks to Job (v 1-37)

Job 34 Commentary

(34:1) Conclusions Based on the Bible - God doesn't sin and never acts unjustly, Elihu claimed. Throughout this book, Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, and Elihu all have elements of truth in their speeches. Unfortunately, the nuggets of truth are buried under layers of false assumptions and conclusions. Although we may have a wealth of Bible knowledge and life experiences, we must make sure our conclusions are consistent with all of God's Word, not just parts of it.

(34:31-32) Elihu Asks Why?  Elihu asked why people don't usually turn to God and ask him to point out sin in their lives. This goes beyond merely confessing our sins to God to asking him to reveal more of our sinfulness to us. Ironically, Job had actually made this a regular practice of his life (1:5), which is why God considered him blameless and full of integrity (1:8). But how many of us can say we actually want God to reveal more of our sinfulness to us? Fortunately, it is by God's grace that he does not show us all of our sinfulness at once. Over time, as we grow in our relationship with him, the Holy Spirit shows us more of our sinful nature. This is why people who are more spiritually mature better understand the depth of their sinfulness. Paul said that he was the worst of sinners ( Timothy 1:15). When you are ready to grow deeper in your faith, pray that the Holy Spirit will gently reveal more of the sin currently residing in your life. Confess that sin to God, change your habits, and trust in Jesus all the more that he has already forgiven you.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

The Lord is Just

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 34. In our text today we see Elihu reply to Job's speech and we see him bring up a great point. The Lord is "Just" meaning that He is morally right all the time. He is the standard and His Word is truth. In making application we see that many today ignore this fact. They take His Word out of the context it was written to fit into their agenda. These deceived people belive that Sin is no longer Sin - it is an alternative choice. Sinners are not Sinners - they are people of alternative lifestyles. They belive Hell is not real, repentance is not needed, and salvation is for the weak...Well the Bible is Clear on all these facts, Sin is Sin, Unforgiven Sinners go to Hell, Repentance is essential for Salvation, and Jesus is the only way to Heaven. How about you? Do you believe the Bible in the context it is written? Let us learn from our text today and life of Job to remember that our Lord is Just and His Word is Truth.


Job 34

Job 34

 1Furthermore Elihu answered and said,

 2Hear my words, O ye wise men; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.

 3For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.

 4Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.

 5For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God hath taken away my judgment.

 6Should I lie against my right? my wound is incurable without transgression.

 7What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water?

 8Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men.

 9For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.

 10Therefore hearken unto me ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.

 11For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways.

 12Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.

 13Who hath given him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed the whole world?

 14If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath;

 15All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.

 16If now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words.

 17Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just?

 18Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly?

 19How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.

 20In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand.

 21For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.

 22There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

 23For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with God.

 24He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their stead.

 25Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed.

 26He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others;

 27Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways:

 28So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted.

 29When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hideth his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only:

 30That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.

 31Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more:

 32That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.

 33Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.

 34Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me.

 35Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.

 36My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of his answers for wicked men.

 37For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God.