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8 Hast thou heard [shama`] the secret [cowd] of God ['elowahh]? and dost thou restrain [gara`] wisdom [chokmah] to
9 What knowest [yada`] thou, that
we know [yada`] not? what understandest [biyn] thou, which is not in us?
8 'Do you hear the secret counsel
of God, And limit wisdom to yourself? 9 'What
do you know that we do not know? What do
you understand that we do not? NASB
Eliphaz in his escalation of criticism of Job,
continues to chide him as to what he knows verses what his three friends know.
After all, who is it here that is suffering?
How is it that Job, who has lost all of his wealth,
can know more about life, than his friends, who are presumably still in good
financial standing? How is it that Job,
who has nothing now, and is in very poor health, can presume that his condition
was not due to some failure on his part?
How is it that Job, who looks absolutely terrible, can say that this is
some kind of random and freak accident from God, with no 'obvious' purpose?
The 'obvious' is clear to his friends. It is Job who refuses their conclusions of
Does Job know something more than they know? Has Job sat in on the highest levels of
counsel with God Himself? Is Job privy
to knowledge or revelation that has not been made known to humanity in general? Does Job possess some high level of knowledge,
and is he refusing to share it?
So, Eliphaz has stated his claims against Job. Eliphaz
has challenged his knowledge of life verses that of Job.
But remember the disclosure from God Himself in
chapter one. What did He say regarding
And the funny thing is, the answer to Eliphaz's accusations,
which are really nothing more than ridicule of Job, is 'Yes.' Yes, there is information, which is known to
Job, because Job knows himself, Job knows his own life, and Job knows what he
has and has not done in life. And
Eliphaz does not know. And why does he
not know? Because he refuses to know.
The information regarding Job and his life, is fully
public and closed to no one, but Eliphaz is driven by his preconceived ideas
and beliefs. The facts are irrelevant.
Eliphaz like so many who prefer their prejudiced
views, does not look to objective information, but rather attempts to weave a
web of lies, accusations, distorted views, and such things in order to make the
conversation ambiguous and foggy.
Eliphaz has no clear proof for his position, so he
weaves a story, which will create facts that will fit his conclusion. Eliphaz is the leader of the three
friends. He has no clear argument. The other two friends do not have anything
additional or original to add to the argument, so they simply fall into line
with their leader, Eliphaz. They all
take up the charge against Job, even though they have no position.
After all Job is the one who has become destitute and
near death. How can he possibly know
more than they? How can he possibly be
right and they wrong? They are not the
ones suffering. They are not the ones
who have incurred losses.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.