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Let us judge for ourselves what is right; let us decide together what is good.

—Christian Standard Bible

Part of a six-chapter discourse, these words are spoken by Elihu—the last person to talk with Job before God addresses him. In this verse he advocates for wise judgment about the opinions expressed earlier by Job’s friends (see, for instance, chaps. 202225). One interpretation of this admonition has, “Consider the evidence carefully, and on the basis of sound reason and high moral and religious principles reach a verdict.”

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Resources quoted in this issue

GT: Christian Standard Bible®, copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission; Buttrick, George Arthur, Nolan B. Harmon, et al., eds. The Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 3, Kings, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job. Nashville: Abingdon, 1951–57.

Cit. 4: Macdonald, William. Believer’s Bible Commentary. Thomas Nelson, 2016.

Cit. 8: The Living Bible, copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, IL. All rights reserved.

Cit. 14: Accessed July 21, 2022.; Bruce, F. F. Zondervan Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008.

Cit. 25: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 7, The Gospels and Narrative Literature, Jesus and the Gospels, Matthew, Mark. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015; Wilkins, Michael J. NIV Application Commentary: From Biblical Text . . . to Contemporary Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004.

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