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Written by Mike Montgomery   

With regards to Job 32:8 and Dr. Gill's lengthy quotation, may I just say that Gill essentially means that no one understands the things of God unless God gives the understanding.

The speaker of this verse is Elihu, a young man (at least in comparison to the three who spoke before him to Job) who now feels the overpowering urge to say something to Job about Job's justification of himself "rather than God" and because Job's three friends "had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job."

Elihu's sense of urgency came honestly. He knew that Job was wrong and that Job's three friends were wrong. He felt strongly that the truth was languishing and that God was being dishonored. We know that God will not share His glory with anyone nor suffer His truth to be extinguished, so God inspired Elihu to speak and in this divine inspiration, God gave Elihu the wisdom to speak the truth in such a way to men who were older and should have been wiser than what they had just exhibited in Elihu's presence.

God prepared Elihu to be His messenger and the man who spoke the truth, for the truth, and in defense of the truth to the defense of the honor of God and to His glory. Elihu was blessed to do what those three friends should have done but didn't. Primary among the reasons why they didn't is because did not give them the inspiration to speak the truth to Job. They trusted rather in their own wisdom; they became puffed up in their own arguments against Job; they relied on themselves and in the process not only failed Job but failed the truth and failed to defend the honor and glory of God.

Elihu says, "Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom." He waited respectfully for the elders to speak the truth and teach wisdom to Job, but age and experience failed to give these three men the right message and the ability to say it in the right way to Job. So Elihu waited until these three men could go no further with Job and lay panting upon the ground of defeat.

Surely righteous indignation swelled within Elihu's bosom, but as he waited, he began to feel something else well within him, and to his amazement, he found that God was inspiring him to think of things to say in such a way as to counter successfully the arguments of Job and to wrench victory from the jaws of defeat in which the three miserable comforters had been mauled.

So Elihu tells Job in verse 8 that what he is about to say is not just Elihu's surmising nor some weak concoction of thought that will surely fail to be the truth, but he is about to tell Job the truth with a wisdom that has been breathed into his very spirit by God Himself.

And Elihu proves that what he is going to say to Job is not of Elihu but of God when he says (Job 33:14-17), "For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, that he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man." This clarifies what is meant in Job 32:8. In Job 36:2-4 Elihu says, "Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak on God's behalf. I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker. For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee." This also
clarifies Job 32:8.

In conclusion, Elihu is saying that God has roused me to speak and given me the words to say and the grace to say them in the way that they ought to be said.

My thoughts for whatever they are worth on Job 32:8.

Mike Montgomery

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