Eliphaz continues his attack on Job. He asserts that angels cannot help, and Job is a fool. He foolishly tells Job what to do.
the holy ones. That is, angels.
the foolish man. Eliphaz mercilessly speaks of Job as a fool.
Eliphaz is an ass of a man.
VERSE 3. I have seen the foolish taking root, but suddenly I cursed his habitation.
VERSE 4. His children are far from safety. They are crushed in the gate. Neither is there any to deliver them,
VERSE 5. whose harvest the hungry eats up, and take it even out of the thorns. The snare gapes for their substance.
VERSE 6. For affliction doesn’t come out of the dust, neither does trouble spring out of the ground;
VERSE 7. but man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
But as for me, I would. Eliphaz is telling Job what he ought to do.
Sadly, many well-intentioned people instruct suffering people on what they ought to do.
Their unsolicited advice does more harm than good.
VERSE 9. who does great things that can’t be fathomed, marvelous things without number;
VERSE 10. who gives rain on the earth, and sends waters on the fields;
VERSE 11. so that he sets up on high those who are low, those who mourn are exalted to safety.
VERSE 12. He frustrates the plans of the crafty, So that their hands can’t perform their enterprise.
VERSE 13. He takes the wise in their own craftiness; the counsel of the cunning is carried headlong.
VERSE 14. They meet with darkness in the day time, and grope at noonday as in the night.
VERSE 15. But he saves from the sword of their mouth, even the needy from the hand of the mighty.
VERSE 16. So the poor has hope, and injustice shuts her mouth.
VERSE 17. “Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects. Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.
VERSE 18. For he wounds, and binds up. He injures, and his hands make whole.
VERSE 19. He will deliver you in six troubles; yes, in seven no evil shall touch you.
VERSE 20. In famine he will redeem you from death; in war, from the power of the sword.
VERSE 21. You shall be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, neither shall you be afraid of destruction when it comes.
VERSE 22. At destruction and famine you shall laugh, neither shall you be afraid of the animals of the earth.
VERSE 23. For you shall be allied with the stones of the field. The animals of the field shall be at peace with you.
VERSE 24. You shall know that your tent is in peace. You shall visit your fold, and shall miss nothing.
VERSE 25. You shall know also that your offspring shall be great, Your offspring as the grass of the earth.
offspring. Or “seed.”
VERSE 26. You shall come to your grave in a full age, like a shock of grain comes in its season.
VERSE 27. Look this, we have searched it, so it is. Hear it, and know it for your good.”
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