Old Testament

Wisdom and Poetical Books

Who was Elihu?

Elihu was a fourth friend. Though not mentioned at the beginning, he listened to the conversation between Job, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, and he criticized all they had to say. The gist of Elihu’s argument was that God’s actions and reasons are unknowable, and to try to figure them out is not only useless, but arrogant. Elihu said of God and his actions, “He causes things to happen on earth, either as a punishment or as a sign of his unfailing love.” (NLT, Job 37:13) “Therefore,” Elihu warned, “mortals fear him; he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.” (NLT, Job 37:24)


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