‘I am righteous, but God…’ 

Old Testament: Job 34.5–6

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 33–34 on July 6, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

As Elihu made his case against Job, he paraphrased the claim of Job, showing how he justified himself rather than God: 

“For Job has said, ‘I am righteous,
But God has taken away my justice;
Should I lie concerning my right?
My wound is incurable, though I am without transgression.’”

– Job 34.5–6 

That is what got Elihu fired up. Job claimed his own righteousness, but charged God with taking away his justice. 

While it is true that while someone is suffering, we should be mindful of the fact that they will say things that they will later regret, it is also true that in our suffering we still have to remember our God and honor him. 


  • Have you said things about God that you regretted later? 
  • Who should be our example during suffering, on how to speak? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

Listen to his sermons here: GrantsPassChurchOfChrist.com

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