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Citing the Book of Job

Context does matter. If you see someone citing a quote from the book of Job, it may require further inquiry on the reader or hearer’s part.

It matters greatly who is speaking. Is it Job, God, Job’s friends, or Elihu. When we see a quote from Job it can be incorrectly assumed that it is Job himself speaking or the word of the Lord.

In my opinion Elihu was a self-righteous young man ultimately taken away by the whirlwind. Yet some quote him as gospel.

For someone reading Job or a quote from Job you must discern and weigh the words in question.

Keep in mind what God said in Job 42:7 KJV: And it was so, that after the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.

So when considering the book of Job, God’s words and Job’s words are of the most importance. Other speakers are of questionable value and accuracy.

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