Job 35:9-10

9 “People cry out under a load of oppression; they plead for relief from the arm of the powerful.
10 But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,

Job 35:9-10 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO JOB 35

Is this chapter Elihu goes on to charge Job with other unbecoming speeches, which he undertakes to refute; as that he had represented his cause more just than God's, and religion and righteousness as things unprofitable to men, only to God; to which Elihu takes upon him to make answer, Job 35:1-8; and that the cries of the oppressed were not heard by the Lord, so as to give occasion to songs of praise and thankfulness, to which he replies, Job 35:9-13; and that Job had expressed diffidence and despair of ever seeing and enjoying the favour of God, which he endeavours to remove, Job 35:14-16.

Job 35:9-10 In-Context

7 If you are righteous, what do you give to him, or what does he receive from your hand?
8 Your wickedness only affects humans like yourself, and your righteousness only other people.
9 “People cry out under a load of oppression; they plead for relief from the arm of the powerful.
10 But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,
11 who teaches us more than he teaches the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?’
12 He does not answer when people cry out because of the arrogance of the wicked.

Cross References 6

  • 1. Exodus 2:23
  • 2. S Job 20:19
  • 3. S Job 5:15; S Job 12:19
  • 4. S Job 4:17; Job 27:10; Isaiah 51:13
  • 5. S Job 8:21
  • 6. Psalms 42:8; Psalms 77:6; Psalms 119:62; Psalms 149:5; Acts 16:25