Job 32 Outline
– Elihu, son of Barakel the Buzite spoke up (Job 32:1-5)
– Elihu did not speak previously because they were older (Job 32:6-9)
– Elihu wanted to try persuade Job after seeing the 3 friends failed to do so (Job 32:10-14)
– Elihu hoped he will speak the words of justice to Job (Job 32:15-22)
Job 32 Summary
In Job 32:1-5, Elihu, son of Barakel the Buzite, had been observing their conversation and now he decided to speak up. Elihu was angry with Job for self justifying instead of judging himself as sinner before God. Elihu was also angry with Job’s three friends because they couldn’t persuade him to confess his sins. Elihu did not make any noise previously because he was waiting for them to finish speaking as they were older than him.
In Job 32:6-9, Elihu said he was afraid to speak his opinion because he was young but they were old. However, Elihu now gets angry with them because they couldn’t persuade Job into repentance.
In Job 32:10-14, Elihu had waited for the three friends to persuade Job but they didn’t. Therefore, Elihu now will try to persuade Job into repentance with his own words.
In Job 32:15-22, Elihu is eager to speak his opinion after seeing the 3 friends had became dismayed and ran out of words. Elihu hoped that his words will not flatter or show partiality to anyone.
Job 32 Bible Study
1. Rebuke if you see someone sin
Elihu felt uneasy to keep quiet when he sees that Job kept justifying himself. Although Job did not do anything wrong to deserve God’s punishment, Elihu took the initiatives to speak up. If you see someone sin, you should go and confront him about it. In Ezekiel 33:6, but if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.
In Matthew 18:15-17, Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
In Galatians 6:1, brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. In 1 John 5:6, if any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. In Luke 17:3, take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.