Elihu spoke in Job 36:21 (NIV):

Beware of turning to evil, which you seem to prefer to affliction.

Christian Standard Bible

Be careful that you do not turn to iniquity, for that is why you have been tested by affliction.

Which version is more accurate? If CSB is correct, then apparently, Elihu, the mysterious speaker, told Job why he was afflicted.

  • The title of your question, which invites speculation about Elihu's lengthy speeches, has nothing to do with the body of your question, which is about inteprepreting one of his several hundred prescriptions. Can you either fix the title or fix the body?
    – Robert
    Aug 10, 2021 at 15:34
  • Thanks. I added.
    – user35953
    Aug 10, 2021 at 15:50

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Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction. - KJV

Satan was not done with Job after 2:10. The three "friends" came and through pitiless discourse brought out of Job a spirit of self-justification and of ascribing inequity to God's purposes. By continually accusing Job of bringing this upon himself through sinful acts Job is tricked into the position of defending his righteousness. This is the iniquity that Job has chosen rather than affliction. Chapter 31 is Job's final discourse and it is full of self-righteousness and accusation towards God.

Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book. - v. 35

Elihu, then, is sent by God to call attention to Satan's trap and to rescue Job out of it. Once Elihu's words ring true the Lord Himself appears to Job, Job repents, and is saved.

Job's circumstantial captivity is turned when he prays for his "friends" those perhaps well-meaning but massively misinformed counselors.

  • Great insights, thanks :)
    – user35953
    Aug 11, 2021 at 13:43

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