BAR ES, "At this also - That is, in view of the thunderstorm, for it … So, he causes everyone to stop working through snow and rain. Job 37 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this verse-by-verse commentary contain gems of information found nowhere outside the ancient Jewish writings Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. 11 Also [by watering/with moisture] he [wearieth/loads] the thick cloud:he [scattereth/disperses] [his bright cloud/the cloud of his lightning/his lightning through the clouds]: So, once more, Elihu is back to speaking of clouds and lightning and rain. 21 And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them. 15 [Dost thou/Do you] know [when/how] God [disposed/establishes/commands] them,[and/how he] [caused/makes] [the light/lightning] [of his cloud to shine/flash in his storm cloud]? a. When clouds come between, the sun is darkened in the clear day. (Verse 21-24.) Job 37:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Job 37:14, NIV: "Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God's wonders." Job 37:1. Included in the commentary of this chapter is a lengthy reflection on the nature of free will and the sovereignty of God. God’s work of lightning. 2 Listen! Epilogue - Job's Prosperity Restored. Chapter 37. When he speaks, it is like the sound of thunder.. 5 When God speaks, great things happen.. Now, we know that God is going to come to Job in a whirlwind – in a storm. (Job 37:6-13) What the voice of God can do. Job has put himself in the position where he feels that he can judge God. 37:1-13 The changes of the weather are the subject of a great deal of our thoughts and common talk; but how seldom do we think and speak of these things, as Elihu, with a regard to God, the director of them! At this--when I hear the thundering of the Divine Majesty.Perhaps the storm already had begun, out of which God was to address Job ().2. 9 [Out of/From] [the south/its chamber] [cometh/blows] [the whirlwind/the storm/a tempest]:and [icy…] cold [out of/from] the [north/driving winds]. For miles and miles. And it’s all by God’s command. Clouds. And he’s still attempting to correct Job. By the breath of God frost is given - The freezing of water, though it is generally allowed to be the effect of cold, and has been carefully examined by the most eminent philosophers, is still involved in much mystery; and is a very proper subject to be produced among the great things which God doeth, and which we cannot comprehend, Job 37:5. In fact, we’ll see him ask four questions – one right after another – in the rest of this chapter. And, Job is powerless also when it comes to the sky. 3 He [directeth it/lets it loose/lets it go] under the whole heaven,and his lightning [unto the ends/to the far corners] of the earth. 2 Keep listening to the thunder of his voice and the rumbling that comes from his mouth. Job 37. So, storms and cold – the things that are ultimately beyond our understanding and that can be so effective in bringing all of our pursuits to a complete halt – those things God just throws at mankind from every which way – every direction. How can the judge be judged? Well, continuing on – if you’re a construction worker or someone who labors outside or someone who needs to commute anywhere for work – then you know what it’s like to have your work hindered by God’s unfathomable work. So, Job is both powerless and completely without knowledge when it comes to spreading out the sky. So, here’s how Elihu finishes his long message to Job. And that’s OK – when we have a God who understand everything. BAR ES, "At this also - That is, in view of the thunderstorm, for it is that which Elihu is describing. Frost and ice are coming. And lightning starting to flash. The changes of the weather are the subject of a great deal of our thoughts and common talk; but how seldom do we think and speak of these things, as Elihu, with a regard to God, the director of them! Let that sink in. God … But to conclude that to-morrow must be as this day, is as absurd as to think that the weather, when either fair or foul, will be always so. And either way, it’s beyond our understanding. 17 [How thy/You whose] garments are [warm/hot],when he [quieteth/stills] the earth [by/because of] the south wind? Well, whether that’s what’s happening or not, Elihu continues by speaking once more of God’s work of lightning – which, again, he’s perhaps witnessing as God approaches Elihu, Job, and the three friends. But Elihu wants to finish strong here and affirm everything that Job knew to be true of God – when God was blessing him. But remember – these are his works. Sooner or later all men shall fear him. Job 37 commentary 1. It’s not the weather forecaster. Even when Job’s circumstances changed and it seems like God has changed – he really hasn’t. What is perplexing you right now? When clouds come between, the sun is darkened in the clear day. And not only can God stop the work of humans. And the way that he’s portraying it – you get the sense that the storm is rolling in – right now! 16 Dost thou know [about…] the [balancings/layers/balancing] of the clouds,the [wondrous works/wonders/wondrous activities] of him [which/who] is perfect in knowledge? What about you, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar? God’s work that is beyond our comprehension. To reject being wise of heart is necessary to truly fear the Lord. But not in the same manner – one after the other like he’s going to ask of Job right now. God’s sending the storm. 1. 37 “At this also my heart trembles and leaps out of its place. And so, from here to the end of this chapter Elihu is going to help Job – and us – consider the wondrous works of God. Theology and Themes (Job) Back to Table of Contents Back to Table of Contents. The godliest among us – like Job was – can get to the point where we feel like we can judge God. (3 He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven and sends it to the ends of the earth. Job 37:14, ESV: "“Hear this, O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God." His dialogue with Job parallels the discourse between Job and his friends in chapters 4-27. Job 37:3. This description was commenced in (Job 36:29), and is continued to (Job 37:5), and should not have been separated by the division into chapters. Job 37 Elihu continues to speak. On the other hand, God knows how to do it and he does it – every day. Chapter 37. So, the picture is – God works. They even block our view of the sun – the brightest light in the sky to our eyes. As God has a powerful, freezing north wind, so he has a thawing, composing south wind: the Spirit is compared to both, because he both convinces and comforts, Song of Solomon 4:16. Then the LORD: Over the previous 35 chapters (since Job 2), God has been directly absent from the account.We read nothing of God’s direct role in comforting, speaking to, or sustaining Job in the midst of his crisis. Job required to explain the works of nature. Job 36 Commentary: Let’s turn our attention to Job 36. We don’t understand and we’re powerless – and we presume to question God on his dealings in this world? 13 He causeth it to [come/happen/find its mark],whether [for correction, or/it is for punishment] for his [land/world], or [whether it is…] for [mercy/lovingkindness]. In light of all that God knows and all that we don’t – how can we order a case before God to argue that he’s being unjust? It goes all throughout the sky. And he notes that these other things are beyond our understanding. So, if Job doesn’t even understand how to balance the clouds – then how could be possibly do it? Job 36 Commentary: “listen to me” 1-4 So, Elihu begins by urging Job to listen to him. (21-24). 24 Men do therefore fear him:he [respecteth/regards] not any that are wise of heart. Under the whole heaven he lets it go, and his lightning to the corners of the earth. KJV Job 36:1 Elihu [also proceeded, and said,/continued and said,/said further:]2 […] The best of men are much in the dark concerning the glorious perfections of the Divine nature and the Divine government. In this verse, the majestic voice of God roars, proclaiming His justice and goodness to all creatures. He is weak. Study the bible online using commentary on Job 37 and more! Job 37:1 "At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place." Job 37:17b # lightning: Heb. Outline of Job 37 Elihu observes the power of God. 2 But Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God. David Guzik commentary on Job 37, where Elihu continues his speech to Job, describing the thunderous voice of God in the storm. Dialogue With Elihu. Commentary for Job 37 . Job 37:3. (14-20) God is great, and is to be feared. Job 37:16-17. And his thinking and understanding is beyond you. # Hear…: Heb. He is unquestionable. And you and I can trust his wisdom – even when we don’t understand his ways in this world. 6 For he saith to the snow,[Be thou on/Fall on/Fall to] the earth; [likewise/and] to the [small rain, and to the great rain/downpour and the rain/torrential rains][of his strength/“Be strong”/“pour down”]. 12 [And it is turned round about/It changes direction, turning around/The clouds go around in circles, wheeling about] [how and why?…] [by his counsels/by his guidance/according to his plans]:[that they may do/to carry out] [whatsoever/all that] he commandeth them [upon/over] the face of the [world in the earth/inhabited earth/whole inhabited world]. Job 37:1-24.. 1. We can declare that God has done well in this area and that area – but we really don’t think he should have done that thing or the next thing. The Divine voice is often described in the Bible as a roar, frequently as an expression of His anger. Job 38 Commentary: Well, something really interesting happens at this point. But it’s all ultimately his doing. Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds? God is coming. 3 He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth. No one knows about that. Oh, so there are things that God does that you can’t understand… I wonder what else God might be doing in Job’s life that none of you understand.”. Nature directs all creatures to shelter themselves from a storm; and shall man only be unprovided with a refuge? The light of God's favour shines ever towards his faithful servants, though it be not always seen. Elihu observes the power of God. My heart pounds at this and leaps from my chest. All Rights Reserved. In ancient Israel, lions were commonly found in the forested areas of the country. Job 37 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is a one-volume commentary prepared by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown Job 37 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this one volume concise commentary provides a condensed look at nearly every verse in the Bible So, something that can be moved along by a light breeze poses such an obstacle for us. The kind of complaining that Job had been doing – the accusations of God being unjust – are worthy of God just snuffing our your life. 29:3 a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, And He does not restrain them when His voice is heard. (5-14) Elihu counsels Job. There are so many things we don’t know about God, but the little we know is that he is the Most powerful, Reigns with Justice, and the Most Holy. He is finite. Study Job 37 using Wesley’s Explanatory Notes to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. Job 37:10, ESV: "By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast." It’s a sound that God makes through his storms. Why does he bring rain or snow or whatever else? 19 Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness. 5 God thundereth [marvelously/wondrously/in marvelous ways] with his voice;great things doeth he, [which we cannot comprehend/beyond our understanding]. 3 He sends lightning across the sky.. 22 Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty. So, when February rolls around and we’re all sick of the frost and the ice – do me a favor and remind me of this message. It doesn’t cause him great exertion to do this kind of thing. 4 After the lightning comes the sound of his voice.. This description was commenced in Job_36:29, and is continued to Job_37:5, and should not have been separated by the division into chapters. “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? From all these clouds the Holy Spirit of God frees us in the work of regeneration. wings. And yet, with God literally approaching these men and with God ultimately speaking to Job in just a little while – when Elihu speaks of a voice roaring from God – this typically-poetic portrayal of God’s voice becomes absolutely literal. Ir … Well, he often carries out his work in order to influence his human creatures. It’s entirely possible that this is what’s happening at this point in Elihu’s speech. (Verse 1-13.) (When his voice resounds, And now all of a sudden – the Lord appears in one of those storms. Elihu's speeches (Job 32-37) foreshadow theological concepts in and prepare the way for the Lord's speeches (Job 38-41). Commentary on Job 37:21-24 (Read Job 37:21-24) Elihu concludes his discourse with some great sayings concerning the glory of God. But also in terms of power and ability. With God is terrible majesty. It is his Holy Spirit. In that sense, the thunder is his voice. Job 37 commentary 1. 8 [Then the/The] [beasts/wild animals] go into [dens/their lairs],and remain in their [places/dens]. (1-4) The methods in which God deals with men. 1 “At this also my heart trembles, And leaps from its place. 18 [Hast thou/Can you/Will you] with him spread out the [sky/skies/clouds],[which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?/Strong as a molten mirror?/solid as a mirror of molten metal?]. 7 He putteth a seal on the hand of every man, That all men may come to a knowledge of His creative work. 20 Shall it be told him that I speak? Job 37:6-8. But catch this – these works of God are carrying out God’s will and are acting according to God’s commands. But Elihu says to all of these men – You don’t get it! Tell Me, if you have understanding. He saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth — By his powerful will the snow is formed in the air, and falls upon the earth where and when he sees fit. And the showers of His mighty rain. Job 37:10, KJV: "By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened." Libros. Either way, it’s his choice. Your email address will not be published. 3 He was also angry with the three friends, because they had found no way to refute Job, and yet had condemned him. God is going to speak in just a few verses! He directeth it under the whole heaven His voice of thunder, which rolls from one end of the heaven to the other: he charges the clouds with it, and directs both it and them where they shall go and discharge; what tree, house, or man, it shall strike; and where the rain shall fall when the clouds burst: yet Pliny F24 atheistically calls thunder and lightning chance matters. And it’s that majestic and terrifying speech of God that Elihu now continues to extol. Job 37 Commentary: The Effect of a Storm on Man…. Job required to explain the works of nature. At this also my heart trembleth] At this?At what? And up to this point I suppose I’ve been content to think of Elihu’s words for the last few verses as just speaking generically of the typical approaching storm and what tends to happen during such tempests. 24 Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart. Well, the content of verse 19 – Elihu saying that Job needs to teach him and his friends what to say to God – that leads Elihu to another question – though it’s a bit different than the first three. Keep listening to the thunder of his voice and the rumbling that comes from his mouth. And let me ask you – what is one reality that we know of that neither Job nor the friends nor even Elihu know – as it relates to Job’s circumstances in this book? So, who determines where snow and rain should fall? Commentary on Job 35:14-26 (Read Job 35:14-26) As in prosperity we are ready to think our mountain will never be brought low; so when in adversity, we are ready to think our valley will never be filled up. © 2021 Christianity.com. We don’t! That is, in view of the thunderstorm, for it is that which Elihu is describing. There are many, many things that God does that we don’t understand. JOB 37 COMME TARY EDITED BY GLE PEASE 1 “At this my heart pounds and leaps from its place. And let’s remember that both Job and his three friends have been speaking as if there’s nothing that God does that’s beyond our understanding. He works through natural phenomena in order to deal with people. And certainly, Job can’t work with lightning like God does. KJV Job 37:1 At this also my heart [trembleth/pounds],and [is moved/leaps] [out of/from] [his/its] place. 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