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Job 15:5-6



5 For thy mouth [peh] uttereth ['alph] thine iniquity [`avon], and thou choosest [bachar] the tongue [lashown] of the crafty [`aruwm].

6 Thine own mouth [peh] condemneth [rasha`] thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips [saphah] testify [`anah] against thee. KJV-Interlinear



5 'For your guilt teaches your mouth, And you choose the language of the crafty. 6 'Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; And your own lips testify against you. NASB



Eliphaz is in effect accusing Job of living a phony spiritual life. He accuses Job of mixing a little truth with fancy footwork in rhetoric. Trying to impress his listeners with his piousness, while attempting to gain a favorable opinion from them regarding himself, but in fact living a total lie before God.


Eliphaz is accusing Job of being a hypocrite. The three friends have been doing this from the very beginning of their conversation.


As we continue through this chapter and the rest of the book, for that matter, all three friends will offer no evidence, or even examples, of Jobs behavior, or of Jobs violations that substantiate their claims against him.


As is typical with liberal patterns of thought, the three friends have observed Jobs condition, they have concluded that there is something very odd regarding Jobs life, and therefore because their concerns are serious, then they have taken it upon themselves to determine the facts which fit their accusations.


They lack any evidence of any wrongdoing. They lack any evidence of any crime. They lack any evidence of any sin. But since their concerns are serious, since their accusations are serious, then an investigation is warranted to determine, or rather to manufacture, facts that fit their observations.


In their eyes, Job is guilty of something. He must be guilty of something. They just don't know of what.


So they continue to prod and launch provocations against Job, hoping to catch him in an admission of some kind of error, any error. If they can catch him with any flaw, then they can presume that their case against Job, is won.


This is a political and even a social trick that has been used throughout history, and is alive even in our current day. If you have been watching that series 'The Tudors,' then you can see many examples of all of the intrigues of social and power maneuverings that have occurred in the past and that continue to occur in government and in society in general.


Eliphaz accuses Job of condemning himself. Eliphaz offers no specific examples however. Eliphaz offers only innuendo and artful rhetoric which lacks substance.


In fact, it is Eliphaz who is playing games with words, and it is Job who has been giving sound instruction with regard to the truths of life. Eliphaz is guilty of the very things he accuses Job of.

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