Epistles of Thomas

December 31, 2009

Job 4-7

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 17:55
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These four chapters contain Eliphaz the Temanite’s first expression of “sympathy and comfort” along with Job’s response. Eliphaz makes much of the fact that the innocent and upright are not destroyed but rather the wicked. He concludes, “We have examined this, and it is true. So hear it and apply it to yourself” (5:27). The implication is that Job must not be as righteous as he makes out. Job doesn’t think much of this attempt at comforting him and says that with friends like Eliphaz he doesn’t need enemies (6:25ff). Job protests his innocence and asks if he would lie to your face (6:28). He may die but he will die an innocent man and no one can truthfully claim otherwise.

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