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When Elihu states "Be assured my words are not false,one perfect in knowledge is with you" Does Elihu speak of himself?

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It's very unclear who תמים דעות that you translated as "one perfect in knowledge", refers to. There many commentary opinions on this:

  1. Elihu is speaking about Job, saying Job thinks he understands things (Rashi)
  2. Elihu is speaking about himself (An alternate edition of Rashi)
  3. Elihu is speaking about God (Nachmanides)
  4. Elihu is speaking apologetically to God, the comment is an aside (Moreh Chaim)

Textually it's difficult to say. Have your pick.

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,i feel that your no.3 is my pick but i would have to change it to read "FOR GOD" as Elihu states in Job 37v 16 "Do you know how the clouds hang poised,those wonders of him who is perfect in knowledge"it appears to me that Elihu has been sent by God,but i cannot fully understand why Elihu has been introduced into the book just before God speaks. –  Bagpipes Aug 26 '13 at 21:54
forgot to mention that Job 36 v 4 and 37 v 15 is where i draw my conclusion from. –  Bagpipes Aug 28 '13 at 18:05
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