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10 With us are both the grayheaded [siyb] and very aged [yashiysh]
men, much [kabbiyr] elder [yowm] than thy father ['ab]. KJV-Interlinear
10 'Both the gray-haired and the
aged are among us, Older than your father. NASB
Job has been asked if he is older than the hills, if
his life began before the first man, if he has sat in the counsel chambers with
God, if he knows something divinely secret, that no one else knows.
All of these are nothing more than ridiculing debater's
techniques. They are questions, which
cannot be answered, and therefore places the challenged in a subordinate
position, lower than the challenger.
This is an effort to place Job beneath his three
friends socially, and knowledgeably. Eliphaz
implies that if Job has not been born before all of humanity, if Job is not
older than the hills, if Job has not sat in on the conversations of the
Godhead, then he can't possibly be wise.
But then, have the three friends accomplished any of
And of course, no living person can fit these
requirements. If no person has
accomplished any of these, then no human being can be wise. At least from the source of their own
abilities, that is.
All wisdom comes from God. And, God provides His wisdom freely to anyone
who is interested. Age is irrelevant,
then. Positive volition is relevant.
100 I understand more than the aged, Because I have
observed Thy precepts. NASB
Job lived in a time after the flood of Noah. He was perhaps born just a few generations
after the flood. Most of the first
generations of Noah and Shem and following, are still alive in Job's day. They are perhaps five-hundred, or
six-hundred, or seven hundred years old.
Eliphaz tells us that even Jobs dad, is younger than
these very old fellows. Jobs dad must
still be alive. That at least places Job
and his dad's generation after those who came before, and suggests that there exist
several generations prior to Job's.
Eliphaz suggests that even these older men, of several
hundreds of years old, subscribe to his, Eliphaz's, opinions. So how can Job possibly disagree?
And again, Eliphaz makes a broad statement, which is
easy to say, but difficult to prove.
Such is the nature of liberal minded people. They will reach into the ambiguous, so that
no one can argue with them. They make
their arguments emotional, and based on the emotions, rather than fact, in
order to gain the attentions and support of their followers, or whomever they
want to influence.
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.