J O B
Elihu, it is likely, paused awhile, to see if Job
had any thing to say against his discourse in the foregoing
chapter; but he sitting silent, and it is likely intimating his
desire that he would go on, he here proceeds. And, I. He bespeaks
not only the audience, but the assistance of the company, ver. 2-4. II. He charges Job with
some more indecent expressions that had dropped from him, ver. 5-9. III. He undertakes to
convince him that he had spoken amiss, by showing very fully, 1.
God's incontestable justice, ver. 10-12, 17, 19, 23. 2. His
sovereign dominion, ver.
13-15. 3. His almighty power, ver. 20, 24. 4. His omniscience,
ver. 21, 22, 25. 5.
His severity against sinners, ver.
26-28. 6. His overruling providence, ver. 29, 30. IV. He teaches him what he
should say, ver. 31,
32. And then, lastly, he leaves the matter to Job's own
conscience, and concludes with a sharp reproof of him for his
peevishness and discontent, ver.
33-37. All this Job not only bore patiently, but took
kindly, because he saw that Elihu meant well; and, whereas his
other friends had accused him of that from which his own conscience
acquitted him, Elihu charged him with that only for which, it is
probable, his own heart, now upon the reflection, began to smite