Slow to anger (Prov 16:31-16:33)

“Grey hair is a crown of glory.

It is gained in a righteous life.

Whoever is slow to anger

Is better than the mighty.

The one whose temper is controlled

Is better than one who captures a city.

The lot is cast into the lap.

But the decision is Yahweh’s alone.”

Grey was a crown of glory because you had to be righteous to live a long life. If you were slow to anger, you were stronger than the mighty ones. You were better than someone who captured a city. Finally, the lot that was chosen from the priestly ephod was really the decision of Yahweh alone. Thus casting lots was a way of putting the decision in God’s hands, not human hands.

God controls human life (Job 34:16-34:20)

“If you have understanding,

Hear this!

Listen to what I say!

Shall one who hates justice govern?

Will you condemn one who is righteous and mighty?

Who says to a king?

‘You are a scoundrel!’

Who says to princes?

‘You are wicked men!’

Who shows no partiality to nobles?

Who does not regard the rich more than the poor?

They are all the work of his hands.

In a moment they die.

At midnight the people are shaken.

They pass away.

The mighty are taken away by no human hand.”

Once again, Elihu wanted them to listen to him. He kept reminding them to listen to him. Unjust people do not govern. We respect kings and princes because they are righteous and mighty. Don’t we treat the rich better than the poor? However, all of them are the work of God’s hands. In a moment they die. At midnight their time is up. They pass away but not through human hands.