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1 Then Eliphaz ['Eliyphaz] the
Temanite [Teymaniy] answered [`anah] and said ['amar], KJV-Interlinear
1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered, NASB
first three chapters of Job, have given us an introduction to life and reality
in this devils world. None of us are
here, on our own, simply to live and make ourselves better by some means of our
own effort. Making ourselves better is
more often a matter of someone's opinion as to what humanity should be like.
opinion is typically woven around many concepts of human righteousness or
prejudice. Isaiah 64, has already given
us the proper description and place of mans righteousness. In addition, I might add, that the
description of mans righteousness does not look as good as Job in his present
state. And we all should know by now
just how bad Job looks.
we have the advent of human opinion. In
this world there are but two opinions.
The first is Gods opinion, and the second opinion is everything else. Gods opinion is correct, and everything else
is the first of Job's three friends to break their silence. Eliphaz means 'God is fine gold,' or 'God of
strength.' However, the emphasis is not
on God, but on the gold or strength, the earthly components.
will view these events from his knowledge and experience, from ages of thought
and experience. His arguments will represent
the best wisdom of the world.
rounds of argument will fill the remainder of this book. In the first round, the three friends will
hint at Job's sin.
the second round of arguments, the three friends will move from their
suggestion of Jobs wrongdoing, to an insinuation.
the third round of arguments, they will make emphatic accusations of Job's
wrong. That his only way out of all of
this, is to repent, to confess his sins and make his peace with God.
their arguments, the three friends will remain adamant in their theological
positions. Their view is that the righteous are rewarded and the unrighteous
punished. Life is nothing more than
that. Suffering is equated with
punishment. Punishment comes to those
who sin, Job is suffering therefore Job is being punished, and therefore Job
yet in all this, Job will assert his innocence while also arguing that God has
afflicted him. How else could Job
explain his agony? Why God was doing it is
beyond his comprehension therefore the question, 'Why?'
in the whirlwind, which will occur later in this book, we will all discover the
truth of the entire matter.
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