Job 36:3
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I get my knowledge from afar; I will ascribe justice to my Maker.

King James Bible
I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

Darby Bible Translation
I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Creator.

World English Bible
I will get my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

Young's Literal Translation
I lift up my knowledge from afar, And to my Maker I ascribe righteousness.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I will fetch my knowledge from afar - למרחוק lemerachok, "from the distant place," meaning probably both remote antiquity and heaven; see below. I will show thee that all antiquity and experience are on my side. I can bring proofs from the remotest ages and from the most distant countries to demonstrate that God is infinitely Wise, and can do nothing foolish or erroneous; that he is infinitely Powerful, and can bring all the purposes of his wisdom to effect; that he is infinitely Good, and can will nothing, and can do nothing that is not good in itself, and well calculated to do good to his creatures. And I shall show that his operations in the heavens and on the earth prove and demonstrate the whole.

And will ascribe righteousness to my Maker - By proving the above points, the righteous conduct of God, and his gracious government of the world, will be fully established. That Elihu brings his knowledge from afar - from every part of the creation, as well as from the Divine nature - is evident from the end of the chapter.

1. The omnipotence of God; - God is great.

2. The eternity of God - We know him not, the number of his years cannot be found out, Job 36:26.

3. From the economy of God in the atmosphere, in dews, rain, vapor, and the irrigation of the earth; - He maketh small the drops, etc., Job 36:27, Job 36:28.

4. In the thunder and lightning, by which he performs such wonders in the atmosphere, and executes such judgments in the world; - Also who can understand the noise of his tabernacle? He spreadeth his light upon it. He judgeth the people, etc., Job 36:29-33.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Job 28:12,13,20-24 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding...

Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty gives them understanding.

Proverbs 2:4,5 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures...

Matthew 2:1,2 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem...

Matthew 12:42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it...

Acts 8:27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians...


Romans 10:6-8 But the righteousness which is of faith speaks on this wise, Say not in your heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is...

James 1:5,17 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him...

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits...


Job 32:2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled...

Job 34:5,10-12 For Job has said, I am righteous: and God has taken away my judgment...

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Psalm 11:7 For the righteous LORD loves righteousness; his countenance does behold the upright.

Psalm 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

Jeremiah 12:1 Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk with you of your judgments: Why does the way of the wicked prosper?...

Daniel 9:7,14 O LORD, righteousness belongs to you, but to us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah...

Romans 3:25,26 Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood...

Romans 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

Revelation 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are your works...

Whether by his Passion Christ Merited to be Exalted?
Objection 1: It seems that Christ did not merit to be exalted on account of His Passion. For eminence of rank belongs to God alone, just as knowledge of truth, according to Ps. 112:4: "The Lord is high above all nations, and His glory above the heavens." But Christ as man had the knowledge of all truth, not on account of any preceding merit, but from the very union of God and man, according to Jn. 1:14: "We saw His glory . . . as it were of the only-Begotten of the Father, full of grace and of truth."
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Whether the Old Law was from God?
Objection 1: It would seem that the Old Law was not from God. For it is written (Dt. 32:4): "The works of God are perfect." But the Law was imperfect, as stated above [2060](A[1]). Therefore the Old Law was not from God. Objection 2: Further, it is written (Eccles. 3:14): "I have learned that all the works which God hath made continue for ever." But the Old Law does not continue for ever: since the Apostle says (Heb. 7:18): "There is indeed a setting aside of the former commandment, because of the
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Divine Grace.
GRACE, LOYE, AND MERCY. I FIND that the goodness of God to his people is diversely expressed in his word, sometimes by the word grace, sometimes by the word love, and sometimes by the word mercy. When it is expressed by that word grace, then it is to show that what he doeth is of his princely will, his royal bounty, and sovereign pleasure. When it is expressed by that word love, then it is to show us that his affection was and is in what he doeth, and that he doeth what he doeth for us with complacency
John Bunyan—The Riches of Bunyan

Messiah's Easy Yoke
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. T hough the influence of education and example, may dispose us to acknowledge the Gospel to be a revelation from God; it can only be rightly understood, or duly prized, by those persons who feel themselves in the circumstances of distress, which it is designed to relieve. No Israelite would think of fleeing to a city of refuge (Joshua 20:2.
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

Cross References
Job 4:17
Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can even a strong man be more pure than his Maker?

Job 8:3
Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what is right?

Job 36:2
"Bear with me a little longer and I will show you that there is more to be said in God's behalf.

Job 37:23
The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.

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