When Elihu turned his attention to Job, he introduced new insight into the purpose of suffering: Job’s friends had argued that his suffering was evidence that God was punishing him for his sins, but Elihu argued that sometimes God permits us to suffer to keep us from sin. In other words, there is a kind of suffering that may be preventive and not punitive. Please open your Bible to Job chapter thirty-three, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola discusses Elihu’s first speech to Job.