Job 32-34 “Let Your Words Be Few!”

Do not be rash with your mouth or hasty in your heartfor God is in heaven and you are on earth! Therefore, let your words be few.”[Ecc 5:2] There is wisdom in this verse as a gentle reminder of who we are and who God is. Who we are is often revealed by the voluminous words we speak versus the few words God speaks. Elihu would have been wise to have taken this advice but he is really a pompous windbag in many ways.

Elihu begins with his diatribe saying he is angry. When we are angry we often say things we later regret. He is not just angry with Job but the other three friends as well. He has, as we often say, “had enough.” He is controlled by his anger which is a danger signal. Secondly, he does not attribute wisdom to the fear of God but to age. Granted with age we do become wiser but the source of godly wisdom is from God, not from man. Thirdly, he admits he is full of words! Over and over through the book of Proverbs, it is the fool with the busy tongue. James reminds us that we cannot subdue the tongue and it is full of deadly poison. Fourthly, Elihu says Job is not listening to God for God reveals his plan and purpose and Job, you don’t a clue!

God exalts the humble, not the proud and Elihu is proud. Instead, heed this verse:  “Like apples of gold in settings of silver, so is a word skillfully spoken.” [Pro 25:11]

All scripture is taken from the FREE  Lumina Bible Study tool  courtesy of Bible.org 

Published by Gaye Austin