Eliphaz takes the floor again and accuses Job of both impiety and of turning his spirit against God with his words (verse 13) – which Eliphaz only considers as Job’s craftiness, trying to justify himself in the face of his sins. He rebukes Job for his attitude toward him and his other two friends, speaking indignantly of it and implying that Job seems to believe that he is smarter than they are (verse 9).
Eliphaz then goes into detail about his own knowledge of the ways of wicked men and their abominable behavior and utter disregard for either their fellow man or the Lord Himself. In verse 21, he states that the wicked who are prosperous will be brought down very low because of their sins. And in the remainder of the chapter, he implies that Job has much worse to dread in the coming days because of his lack of fear for the Lord. It is a very bleak picture that this “friend” paints for Job, and a stinging assault on his integrity, which is all that Job feels he has left. And now Eliphaz would take even that away from him.
How thoughtless and destructive man’s words can be for his fellow man even when they are at their lowest.
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