Listen to the young man

Old Testament: Job 34.1–4

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 33–34 on July 6, In the year of our Lord Christ 2021

By Don Ruhl 

A young man by the name of Elihu sat silently as Job and his three friends argued about the reason for Job’s suffering. While the three friends could not answer Job, and eventually they remained silent, there was a young man listening to the debate. Finally, he spoke. 

After pausing a bit, he spoke again: 

Elihu further answered and said:

“Hear my words, you wise men;
Give ear to me, you who have knowledge.
For the ear tests words
As the palate tastes food.
Let us choose justice for ourselves;
Let us know among ourselves what is good.”

– Job 34.1–4 

This was his way of asking them to consider or to contemplate what he had said and what he was about to say. 

We should consider the words of those who have put thought into what they say, whether they are young or old. 


  • How do you treat those younger than you? 
  • Are you polite and wait your turn to speak? 

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