elihu was a false prophet to job

From John Franklin Genung:

The friends, however, have exhausted their resources, and through three discourses have been silent, as it were, snuffed out of existence. It is at this point, then, that Elihu is introduced, to renew their contention with young constructive blood, and represent their cause (as he deems) better than they can themselves. He is essentially at one with them in condemning Job (Job 34:34-37); his only quarrel with them is on the score of the inconclusiveness of their arguments (32:3, 1). His self-portrayal is conceived in a decided spirit of satire on the part of the writer, not unmingled with a sardonic humor. He is very egotistic, very sure of the value of his ideas; much of his alleged prolixity is due to that voluble self-deprecation which betrays an inordinate opinion of oneself (compare Job 32:6-22)…

Very evidently, however, his ego is the center of his system; it is he who sets up as Job’s mediator (Job 33:5-7; compare Job 9:32-35), and his sage remarks on God’s power and wisdom in Nature are full of self-importance. All this seems designed to accentuate the almost ludicrous humiliation of his collapse when from a natural phenomenon the oncoming tempest shows unusual and supernatural signs. His words become disjointed and incoherent, and cease with a kind of attempt to recant his pretensions. And the verdict from the whirlwind is: “darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge.” Elihu thus has a real function in the story, as honorable as overweening self-confidence is apt to be.

Contrast with John Piper’s glowing praise of Elihu:

Five Reasons We Should Accept Elihu’s Counsel…
1. His Speech Is Presented as Something New
2. Six Chapters Devoted to His Words
3. Job’s Response to Elihu
4. God’s Response to Elihu
5. He Offers Something New and Helpful

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2 Responses to elihu was a false prophet to job

  1. othersonian says:

    Neither Elihu or Job are historical persons. Neither existed.

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