Elihu continues to speak arrogantly. He is condemning Job.
VERSE 1. “Yes, at this my heart trembles, and is moved out of its place.
the noise of his voice. That is, the sound of thunder.
his lightning. This refers to normal lightning. It does not refer to anything supernatural or paranormal.
VERSE 4. After it a voice roars. He thunders with the voice of his majesty. He doesn’t hold back anything when his voice is heard.
VERSE 5. God thunders marvelously with his voice. He does great things, which we can’t comprehend.
VERSE 6. For he says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth;’ likewise to the shower of rain, and to the showers of his mighty rain.
snow … rain. Both a heavy downpour as well as snow can point people toward the LORD God and his mighty works.
VERSE 7. He seals up the hand of every man, that all men whom he has made may know it.
VERSE 8. Then the animals take cover, and remain in their dens.
VERSE 9. Out of its room comes the storm, and cold out of the north.
VERSE 10. By the breath of God, ice is given, and the width of the waters is frozen.
VERSE 11. Yes, he loads the thick cloud with moisture. He spreads abroad the cloud of his lightning.
VERSE 12. It is turned around by his guidance, that they may do whatever he commands them on the surface of the habitable world,
VERSE 13. Whether it is for correction, or for his land, or for loving kindness, that he causes it to come.
Listen to this, Job. Elihu is still acting as if he were Job’s teacher.
VERSE 15. Do you know how God controls them, and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?
VERSE 16. Do you know the workings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge?
VERSE 17. You whose clothing is warm, when the earth is still by reason of the south wind?
VERSE 18. Can you, with him, spread out the sky, which is strong as a cast metal mirror?
Teach us. Elihu is mocking Job.
VERSE 20. Will it be told him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?
VERSE 21. Now men don’t see the light which is bright in the skies, but the wind passes, and clears them.
Out of the north. In ancient Ugaritic myths, Baal was said to have left his golden palace in the northern mountains.
Now in this verse, the true LORD God also comes from the north.
golden splendor. This is symbolic of God’s awesome majesty.
VERSE 23. We can’t reach the Almighty. He is exalted in power. In justice and great righteousness, he will not oppress.
VERSE 24. Therefore men revere him. He doesn’t regard any who are wise of heart.”
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