‘What I know:’ The arrogance of an angry youth

Three times in his opening statement, young Elihu talks about “what I know” Job 32.6, 10, 17. He could hardly wait for the three older friends of Job to stop talking. They failed to convince Job of his sin, and now he’s sure he can do it. He’s going to “explain” it to them.

Four times in the first five verses, the book says that Elihu was angry, Job 32.1-5. He talks a lot about himself. He’s about to burst, he’s so full of himself, Job 32.19. So he takes pot shots both at Job and at his three friends.

He is so knowledgeable that he makes four speeches, Job 33-37, speaking as it were for God himself. His arrogance makes the claim that “it is one complete in knowledge who is with you” Job 36.4.

In the epilogue, the Lord doesn’t even bother mentioning Elihu. He makes provision for the forgiveness of the other three, but is Elihu past redemption?

Perhaps so, for his anger is misplaced, what he knows isn’t right, his speech misrepresents God, and his attitude puts him just a little lower than the Lord himself.

Nobody pays him any mind.

One might wonder then if Paul wasn’t thinking about Elihu when he wrote, “But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored” 1 Cor 14.38 NIV.

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