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11 Are the consolations [tanchuwm] of God ['el] small [ma`at] with thee? is there any secret ['at] thing [dabar] with thee? KJV-Interlinear
11 'Are the consolations of God
too small for you, Even the word spoken gently with you? NASB
The consolations of God, is a reference to the
compassions, or the words of God, which more specifically, is a reference to
the actual words which Eliphaz and the other two friends have spoken.
So, now Eliphaz is superimposing Gods will onto his
own words. He is implying that anything he has said, is the same as if God
Himself had said them.
Eliphaz suggests that it is Job who is insulting
Eliphaz and the others, because Job is not accepting, without argument, their
Eliphaz suggests that his words have been spoken in a
gentle soothing and compassionate manner.
That he has entered into this conversation in an effort to help Job.
Of course his help is in the form of condemnation and
demands that Job surrender and give way to their obviously correct conclusions.
Since Job rejects their views, then Eliphaz suggests
that it is Job who does not value the words of God, spoken by himself and the
In a fashion, Eliphaz is being condescending toward
Job. He implies that his views are
correct and that Jobs views are totally out of line.
But we know that this is wrong, that Eliphaz is in
fact the one who is in error, and that Job is the one who is making all of the
God described Job at the outset of chapter one. He did not describe Eliphaz or anyone else. Later
God will appear in a whirlwind and reprimand Eliphaz and the friends. Job will not be reprimanded.
The conversation has gone on for some time now. All parties have had their say.
Job has listened to them and he has defended himself
against all of their accusations. They
have not listened to Job, but have virtually ignored everything he has said.
Job is open minded.
They are rigid in their thinking.
Job is asking questions, looking for answers. They
have already decided the matter and are looking for proof for their conclusion.
Job recognizes himself as an imperfect man, as a
sinner, as the undeserving recipient of grace from God. They really believe that what they are doing
is really right, and that they deserve to be respected for their wisdom. Any disrespect toward them is simply
unacceptable and the same as being disrespectful toward God.
They assume that the world believes as they do. But that too is a conclusion, which they
presume with no basis in fact. This is a
typical liberal pattern of argument. If
something is said over and over, often enough, then sooner or later the
listeners will begin to accept it as fact.
Throughout this book, Eliphaz and the others will not
deviate from their opinions. Job will
offer convincing arguments as to why they are wrong, but they will not listen
to him, as they reject truth, just as they accuse Job of not listening to them.
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.