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7 Remember [zakar], I pray thee, who
ever perished ['abad], being innocent [naqiy]? or where ['eyphoh] were
the righteous [yashar] cut off [kachad]? KJV-Interlinear
7 'Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where
were the upright destroyed? NASB
continues with two questions intending to trap Job into an answer. The first question asks, 'What innocent
person has ever suffered?' The second
question, 'If an innocent has suffered, then name him?'
poses these questions, as though they are commonly known sayings, traditional
truths, which are born out by life's experiences. Today we would call them wives tales, urban
legends, or folklore. These are sayings,
tales, stories, and such, which are generally handed down from parent to child,
from generation to generation.
are generally sayings used to discourage bad behavior. They are well intended, but often times not
factually, scientifically, or even historically accurate. They are often
distortions or manipulations of truth, exaggerations and even sensationalized
sayings in order to impress or convince, the listener.
too much television will give you square eyes.'
Of course with the new rectangular televisions, that saying needs to be
challenges Job to either name a righteous person who has suffered as Job has
suffered, or if he cannot, then by his own suffering, he is public testimony
that he is not a righteous man.
of course the first person, who comes to mind, would be Abel. Back in Job's day, there have not been too
many generations of people born since the flood of Noah. A good many of those original folks, living
several hundreds of years, were still alive.
In our day, it would be like an eighty year old viewing a twenty year
old. Both Eliphaz and Job, though both
were probably a hundred years old, or so, would be in the younger age group of
it stands to reason, that they all knew the story of Adam and Eve, Cain and
Abel, and so forth. Was Abel righteous?
Yes. Did Abel suffer? Yes, he was murdered. Did he deserve it? No.
Job and Eliphaz did not live in the pre-flood era. They lived in the post flood era, in a time
when people lived a very long time. And
with a long life font, then sickness and death were not very common
experiences. Yet we already know that
crime existed, and even abusive behavior existed. The Tower of Babel, for example.
Eliphaz witnessed crime being punished, and good being rewarded. There was a small world population and lots of
land to go around. Wealth was easy to
come by. Even so, there were those who
tried to gain their wealth by taking it from others. Were all of Job's children and all of his
employees, who were killed, bad?
often times our views on life are selective.
Good news is not generally publicized, whereas bad news travels like
live a very long life, one would think that it would be impossible to not see
the good and evils of life, and that prosperity and adversity seems to come to
all, in one form or another. But often time's
people will see only that which they choose to see, and thus invent
explanations of the realities they perceive.
in fact, it certainly seems that bad people get the better deal in life, than
do good folks.
Eliphaz now suggests that Job is not really as righteous as he seems to think
he is, and even if he does have some degree of righteousness, then his
predicament must be due to 'secret' sins.
does not look at the facts and then draw a conclusion, he looks at his
preconceived conclusion and manufactures the facts to fit as he sees them.
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