Job 35:16
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New International Version
So Job opens his mouth with empty talk; without knowledge he multiplies words."

King James Bible
Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.

Darby Bible Translation
For Job hath opened his mouth in vanity, and made words abundant without knowledge.

World English Bible
Therefore Job opens his mouth with empty talk, and he multiplies words without knowledge."

Young's Literal Translation
And Job with vanity doth open his mouth, Without knowledge words he multiplieth.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain - God will execute vengeance when it may best serve the ends of his justice, providence, and mercy. The delay of judgment is not proof that it shall not be executed; nor is the deferring of mercy any proof that God has forgotten to be gracious.

He multiplieth words without knowledge - However this may apply to Job, it most certainly applies very strongly and generally to the words, not only of Job's three friends, but to those also of Elihu himself. The contest is frequently a strife of words.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Job 3:1 After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day.

Job 33:2,8-12 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue has spoken in my mouth...

Job 34:35-37 Job has spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom...

Job 38:2 Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?

Questions which Ought to be Asked
ELIHU PERCEIVED the great ones of the earth oppressing the needy, and he traced their domineering tyranny to their forgetfulness of God: "None saith, Where is God my Maker?" Surely, had they thought of God they could not have acted so unjustly. Worse still, if I understand Elihu aright, he complained that even among the oppressed there was the same departure in heart from the Lord: they cried out by reason of the arm of the mighty, but unhappily they did not cry unto God their Maker, though he waits
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 26: 1880

'Why Should I?'
Thou saidst, What advantage will it be? What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin? I will answer thee, and thy companions with thee.' (Job xxxv. 3, 4.) In reading these words I have no wish to enter into the controversy between Job and his friends as to the relationship of physical suffering to sin, but to emphasize a certain mental attitude which they indicate, and which often expresses itself in relation to other things. The human mind is so constituted that men will not commit
T. H. Howard—Standards of Life and Service

An Essay on the Mosaic Account of the Creation and Fall of Man
THERE are not a few difficulties in the account, which Moses has given of the creation of the world, and of the formation, and temptation, and fall of our first parents. Some by the six days of the creation have understood as many years. Whilst others have thought the creation of the world instantaneous: and that the number of days mentioned by Moses is only intended to assist our conception, who are best able to think of things in order of succession. No one part of this account is fuller of difficulties,
Nathaniel Lardner—An Essay on the Mosaic Account of the Creation and Fall of Man

The Advanced Christian Reminded of the Mercies of God, and Exhorted to the Exercise of Habitual Love to Him, and Joy in Him.
1. A holy joy in God, our privilege as well as our duty.--2. The Christian invited to the exercise of it.--3. By the consideration of temporal mercies.--4. And of spiritual favors.--5. By the views of eternal happiness.--6. And of the mercies of God to others, the living and the dead.--7. The chapter closes with an exhortation to this heavenly exercise. And with an example of the genuine workings of this grateful joy in God. 1. I WOULD now suppose my reader to find, on an examination of his spiritual
Philip Doddridge—The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul

Cross References
Job 34:35
Job speaks without knowledge; his words lack insight.'

Job 35:15
and further, that his anger never punishes and he does not take the least notice of wickedness.

Job 36:1
Elihu continued:

Job 38:2
"Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?

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