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Evil hurts us not God!

Carved wooden figure of Job. Probably from Germany, 1750-1850

Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds which are higher than thou.
If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?
If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth he of thine hand?
Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou art; and thy righteousness may profit the son of man.
By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty (Job 35,5-8)

“Look up, Job” Elihu says. “Does your sin hurt God? No. You’re only hurting yourself” This is the message of this biblical passage. Elihu is the youngest of three men that have spoken with Job. He was the youngest but the most wise too, because he is able to recognize the spiritual disease of Job.

Elihu’s question might sound silly but we can fall into saying “Ok, Lord, you’re not doing what I think you should, so I’m not going to the church this week … I’m not going to pray this year … [you can list any other type of sin or evildoing]. But in so doing, we only rob ourselves.

But this passage give us another important message: your achievements depend on your openness to God’s Grace. But remember! Your personal success depends also on how much effort you want to put in what you do every day.

(Based on Jon Courson’s Application Commentary, Old Testament, Vol. I, Thomas Nelson 2010).

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Simone Venturini

Writer and Researcher at Vatican Secret Archives, Professor of Bible at Pontifical University of the Holy Cross od Rome

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