Eliphaz points his finger at Job, saying he sinned against society and against God. However, Job had not done any of the things Eliphaz alleges.
Eliphaz … answered. Eliphaz continues his arrogant, self-centered speeches.
When will Eliphaz ever shut up?
Can a man be profitable to God? Our goodness is of no benefit to God. God does not need anything from us.
VERSE 3. Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that you are righteous? Or does it benefit him, that you make your ways perfect?
VERSE 4. Is it for your piety that he reproves you, that he enters with you into judgment?
Isn’t your wickedness great. Eliphaz portrays Job as very wicked.
VERSE 6. For you have taken pledges from your brother for nothing, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
stripped the naked of their clothing. In those days, a debtor could give his or her outer garment as collateral.
But the lender had to return the garment at night to protect the debtor from the cold. Failing to return such a garment was a sin:
- Exodus 22:26-27
- Deuteronomy 24:10-13
However, Job had done no such thing.
VERSE 7. You haven’t given water to the weary to drink, and you have withheld bread from the hungry.
VERSE 8. But as for the mighty man, he had the earth. The honorable man, he lived in it.
VERSE 9. You have sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
VERSE 10. Therefore snares are around you. Sudden fear troubles you,
VERSE 11. or darkness, so that you can not see, and floods of waters cover you.
VERSE 12. “Isn’t God in the heights of heaven? See the height of the stars, how high they are!
VERSE 13. You say, ‘What does God know? Can he judge through the thick darkness?
VERSE 14. Thick clouds are a covering to him, so that he doesn’t see. He walks on the vault of the sky.’
VERSE 15. Will you keep the old way, which wicked men have trodden,
VERSE 16. who were snatched away before their time, whose foundation was poured out as a stream,
VERSE 17. who said to God, ‘Depart from us;’ and, ‘What can the Almighty do for us?’
VERSE 18. Yet he filled their houses with good things, but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
VERSE 19. The righteous see it, and are glad. The innocent ridicule them,
VERSE 20. saying, ‘Surely those who rose up against us are cut off. The fire has consumed their remnant.’
VERSE 21. “Acquaint yourself with him, now, and be at peace. Thereby good shall come to you.
VERSE 22. Please receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.
VERSE 23. If you return to the Almighty, you shall be built up, if you put away unrighteousness far from your tents.
If you return to the Almighty. Eliphaz portrays Job as having walked away from the LORD God.
VERSE 24. Lay your treasure in the dust, the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks.
VERSE 25. The Almighty will be your treasure, and precious silver to you.
VERSE 26. For then you will delight yourself in the Almighty, and shall lift up your face to God.
VERSE 27. You shall make your prayer to him, and he will hear you. You shall pay your vows.
VERSE 28. You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established to you. Light shall shine on your ways.
You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established to you:
“You will succeed in whatever you choose to do” (New Living Translation)
“What you decide on will be done, and light will shine on your ways” (NIV translation)
VERSE 29. When they cast down, you shall say, ‘be lifted up.’ He will save the humble person.
VERSE 30. He will even deliver him who is not innocent. Yes, he shall be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”
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