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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Job 35:1-8

We have here, I. The bad words which Elihu charges upon Job, Job 35:2, 3. To evince the badness of them he appeals to Job himself, and his own sober thoughts, in the reflection: Thinkest thou this to be right? This intimates Elihu's confidence that the reproof he now gave was just, for he could refer the judgment of it even to Job himself. Those that have truth and equity on their side sooner or later will have every man's conscience on their side. It also intimates his good opinion of Job,... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Job 35:2

Thinkest thou this to be right ,.... Elihu appeals to Job himself, to his conscience and reason; who as a natural man, guided by the light of nature and reason only, and judging according to the dictates of a natural conscience, and especially as a good man, one that feared God, and had so much knowledge of him and his perfections, as his speeches showed, could never upon reflection think it right what he had said concerning God and his justice, as follows: that thou saidst, my... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Job 35:2

My righteousness is more than God's? - This would indeed be a blasphemous saying; but Job never said so, neither directly nor constructively: it would be much better to translate the words מאל צדקי tsidki meel , I am righteous Before God. And Job's meaning most certainly was, "Whatever I am in your sight, I know that in the sight of God I am a righteous man;" and he had a right to assume this character, because God himself had given it to him. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 35:1-2

Elihu spake moreover, and said, Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God's? Once more it is to be observed that Job had said no such thing. At the worst, he had made statements from which it might be argued that he regarded himself as having a more delicate sense of justice than God ( e.g. Job 9:22-24 ; Job 10:3 ; Job 12:6 , etc.). But Elihu insists on pushing Job's intemperate phrases to their extremest logical issues, and taxing Job with... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 35:1-16

In this short chapter, once more Elihu addresses himself to Job, first (verses 1-8) answering his complaint that a life of righteousness has brought him no correspondent blessings; and then (verses 9-14) explaining to him that his prayers and appeals to God have probably not been answered because they were not preferred in a right spirit, i.e. with faith and humility. Finally (verse 15, 16), he condemns Job for haughtiness and arrogance, and reiterates the charge that he "multiplies... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 35:1-16

Elihu to Job: the trial of Job continued. I. JOB 'S OFFENCE RESTATED . Returning to the charge, Elihu accuses Job of having given utterance to two dangerous assertions. 1 . That his ( Job ' s ) righteousness was greater than God ' s. "Thinkest thou this to be right?"—dost thou hold this for a sound judgment?—"that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God's?" (verse 2). That Job never used this expression may be true; but that Elihu does not unfairly represent the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 35:1-16

Elihu's third speech: the profit of godliness. I. FOLLY OF THE OPINION THAT THERE IS NO PROFIT IN GODLINESS . ( Job 35:1-8 .) A good man, says Elihu, would not speak as Job has done, questioning whether godliness is more profitable than sin. But what is the refutation of this dangerous notion? The speaker points to the blessed self-sufficiency of God, the exalted One in the heavens. In this light man must appear alone as one who draws advantage from his righteousness... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Job 35:2

An unjust inference. Elihu represents Job as saying that his righteousness is greater than God's, and he asks whether the patriarch thinks it right to use such language. I. IT IS UNJUST TO ASCRIBE TO OUR FELLOW - MEN OPINIONS WHICH THEY HAVE NOT EXPRESSED . Job had not used such blasphemous language as Elihu attributed to him, and he would have repudiated the ideas that it conveyed. His young monitor was rudely asserting what he thought Job meant, what he... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Job 35:2

Thinkest thou this to be right? - This is the point which Elihu now proposes to examine. He, therefore, solemnly appeals to Job himself to determine whether he could himself say that he thought such a sentiment correct.That thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God’s - Job had nowhere said this in so many words, but Elihu regarded it as the substance of what he had said, or thought that what he had said amounted to the same thing. He had dwelt much on his own sincerity and uprightness of... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Job 35:2-3

Job 35:2-3. Thinkest thou this to be right? Canst thou in thy conscience, upon second thoughts, approve of what thou hast said? My righteousness is more than God’s Not that Job said this in express terms, but he said those things from which this might seem to follow, as that God had punished him more than he deserved. For thou saidst, &c. This is produced in proof of the foregoing charge. Job had often affirmed that he was, and still continued to be, righteous, though he had no... read more

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