"Eliphaz's second address, on Job's reasoning
"Eliphaz's understanding of God's dealings
chapter starts the second round of debates between Job and his three
friends. Remember from the
beginning that Job has asked that he be granted two things, the first is
that when you have a question to ask me, first identify what my sin was.
Then state why God is punishing me for that sin, and if can't do
that don't talk to me. So
now we will see if Job gained any ground by the statements of Eliphaz
the second time around. Lets
see exactly what kind of friend Job has in Eliphaz.
We will see that Eliphaz was very vicious with Job, because all
three of these so-called friends are convinced beyond a shadow of a
doubt that Job is being punished by God for his sins.
15:1 "Than answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and
"Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly
with the east wind?"
is asking if a man speak knowledge from his belly; calling Job a bag of
"Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches
wherewith he can do no good?"
really made Job's day sitting here and listening to this so-called
friend calling him a bag of wind that uttereth unprofitable talk.
Eliphaz is telling Job that no matter what he says it can be of
no good. Job has asked these
men, if I have sinned, where have I sinned and they in turn are calling
him a bag of wind. If you
have these three as friends, who needs enemies?
"Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before
has been mixed up by the translators from the Hebrew text.
What it is saying is; "you cast off the fear of God and
restrained anything that is truly devotional before God.
In other words, he is calling Job a blasphemer before God.
"For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest
the tongue of the crafty."
you open your mouth, you utter nothing by your sins.
He is calling Job a liar.
"Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own
lips testify against thee."
is telling Job that it is not I that condemns you, but you by your own
lips. Stop and think for a
moment; Job has never stated any thing about his sins, but only asked
these friends to state if they could see any sin in him.
If they could, Job wanted them to state it, of just keep quiet.
Eliphaz is skirting the subject, and making blind accusations and
judgments against Job, without stating one sin.
The point that we can learn from this is, when you ask someone
for help, you may get nothing but empty words of judgment tossed back at
you. Don't turn to man for
instruction on the things that really matter, but turn to God's Word.
The wisdom of man can be very shallow, and even turn on you in
"Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made
before the hills?"
is quite a slap to Job, Eliphaz is asking Job; are you the smartest
thing that ever came along, do you have the wisdom of the old man that
made the hills [God]?
"Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain
wisdom to thyself?"
you really consider that you have the secrets of God and all wisdom
"What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest
thou, which is not in us?"
can relate this even to our living today.
Have you ever tried to relate the truths of God's Word to a
friend that has his or her spiritual eyes closed.
They think you are off in some fairy-tale land when you try to
explain the truths hidden in the Scriptures that you know for a fact.
Though your spiritual eyes are open, their eyes are not, and
anything you say floats right over their heads.
This is what is happening here, Job knows he is in right standing
before God, and righteous in all his life. what Job is trying to tell
these three is completely outside their ability to understand because
their spiritual eyes and ears are closed to the truth.
"With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much
elder than they father."
is telling Job that he has people much older and wiser in his camp than
you, and even your father. They
have far more experience than you can ever hope to have.
Remember Eliphaz is not from Israel, but a "Temanite",
an Arab of today.
"Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any
secret thing with thee?"
there any secret things that God has whispered in your ear that is kept
of every one else? Do you
think that God's Word is so small that you can blaspheme it?
However Job was not guilty of that sort of thing.
"Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes
was a term for Job's day that meant that you were full of pride.
"That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such
words go out of thy mouth?"
is bearing down on Job, and stating that Job has angered God.
"What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born
of a woman, that he should be righteous?"
is any man, that he can be as innocent as you say you are, Job?
This is the same kind of accusation that people say today of
God's elect. You can hear
your own family members ridicule you for claiming to be one of God's
elect, and having the righteousness of Christ in you.
They simply do not understand how you can claim a title of an
elect of God, for their spiritual eyes are closed.
Your words become nothing but foolishness to them.
"Behold, He putteth no trust in HIs saints; yea, the heavens
are not clean in His sight."
is telling Job that God doesn't even trust the angels, and He doesn't
even consider the heavens clean. This
goes back to the beginning of this book where God called a conference in
heaven, and even the angels were with him.
"How much more abominable and filty is man, which drinketh
iniquity like water?"
all the angels, how much more filthy is man that enjoys drinking up all
the iniquity that is around him, like water.
"I will shew thee, hear me; and that which I have seen I
"Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not
Eliphaz is asking God, which wise men have passed this wisdom down from
generation to generation to their inheritance?
Those things that are passed on from generation to generation to
be trusted to the end generation are what we call traditions.
When something is passed on through enough generations, even its
errors and deceit within those traditions are trusted as the truth.
"Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed
was not "earth" but "land" that was given by God to
Abraham, to be passed on from Isaac to Jacob and on to the final
generation. This gets into
the identity of the seed of Abraham, true Israel, not the Kenites and
the lies that surround what is going on today.
"The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the
number of years is hidden to the oppressor."
hidden to the oppressor",
means that it is "destined to the oppressor".
Satan is the oppressor, and his children Kenites are the ones
that are doing the oppressing today.
We do have a destiny and there is a time and limit to all that is
going on today.
"A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the
destroyer shall come upon him."
the oppressor thinks that they have the respect and ears of God, only in
the end it will be their prosperity that shall destroy them.
Keep in mind that the table is completely changed around in their
minds, for they think the things of God are from the devil, and what is
from the devil comes from God. Eliphaz
thinks that it is God that is doing this trouble to Job, when in fact it
is Satan, and thus every part of his thinking is in reverse order.
Eliphaz puts God as the destroyer, when Satan is the true
destroyer. Eliphaz knows
that Job is sitting here in boils, and he also knows that Job was the
richest man in the east. All
he has to relate to is what his physical eyes can see.
All Eliphaz can do is to assume that it must be Job that has
caused this trouble to come upon himself.
So what he is doing is painting a picture of a sinner being
stripped by the destroyer, and he is assuming that God is the destroyer.
"He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and
he is waited for of the sword."
"He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, `where is it?' he
knoweth that the days of darkness is ready at his hand."
controversy between the different scholars on these verses with the King
James, instead of "wandereth abroad for bread", it
should read; "he seeketh for his bread".
In one of the older translation it reads that "his body
is cast out like bread for the ravens".
"Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall
prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle."
"For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and
strengtheneth himself against the Almighty."
other words, this sinner will even stand against the living God.
"He runneth upon Him, even on his neck, upon the thick
bosses of his bucklers:"
is putting Job in a class that says he is charging against God, for
Eliphaz still feels that Job has blasphemed against God.
"Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and maketh
collops of fat on his flanks."
figure of speech states that Job had a very soft life, with all his
"And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no
man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps."
is to say that because of Job's life, those houses where he lived in
were destroyed and have become heaps of rubble.
Eliphaz remembered the way that things were, and he knew what
they have become, as he brings them to Job's remembrance.
"He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue.
neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth."
did come to pass for all of Job's children were killed and all of his
wealth was taken from him, the perfect lifestyle was gone.
This friend is laying all these truths at Job's feet, as he is
using these truths to stress a point of untruth.
The foundation of his whole discussion was that God was doing
this to him for something he had done, when in fact, it was Satan using
Job to prove that God's elect will turn against him when the chips are
down. Those outside of God's
plan simply cannot understand that there are times of testing and God
will allow them to happen. The
elect of our generation will be put to the test, and those of the true
elect will stand.
"He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up
his branches, and by the breath of His mouth shall he go away."
states that the heat of the sun and the hardness of the wind will
destroy him. The wind here
is the breath that comes from his own mouth speaking lies.
"Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity
shall be his recompence."
this is saying, is when you ask for trouble, you will get it.
If you ask for God to destroy you, God will do that to you.
Eliphaz is telling Job that this is why you are having this
trouble now, you asked for it.
"It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch
shall not be green."
the Hebrew text, this "branch" is "palm
branch". We all know
what happened on palm Sunday, as Christ entered into the city of
Jerusalem. It all was
accomplished at Father's time and at the appointed place, when Jesus
Christ became our sacrifice. Though
Eliphaz meant one thing, another subject was true with the words that he
used. What he used to
destroy Job, is a fact of the truth of the victory that we have in
"He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall
cast off his flower as the olive."
is telling Job that his life is going to blast, like over-ripped grapes
on the vine.
"For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and
fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery."
is telling Job that he is of the congregation of Satan, of Kenites and
"They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their
belly prepareth deceit."
only thing that can be said of Mr. Eliphaz is that with a friend like
him, who needs enemies. While
Job was sitting with his boils, after loosing his family and all his
wealth, to have this so-called friend come and call you a liar, a cheat,
a blasphemer, and say right to your face that you are nothing but a big
bag of wind. He even said
you were of the devil, well who needs to be around such fools?
Yet Job will continue listening to these fakes and distorters of
the truth for another twenty three chapters before God will finally step
in to wake Job up.
lesson to be learned here is to be aware of men and their false
teachings, and their bad advice. Why
would you take their twisted advice when you have the word of God to go
by? Job is simple, yet it is
difficult to understand. Satan
was present in the beginning of this book, and by the end of this book,
Job will understand that Satan was the one that cause all the trouble in
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