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FRAMEWORKS: Job 5: Eliphaz (1/3) Part 2


v.1-7 Beware the folly of pride & arrogance

v.8-16 Call on the Lord for He alone has the power to cast down or lift up

v.17-20 Trust in the God who disciplines in love

v.21-27 The Six Consequences of His Saving Actions

[Preliminary Comments: So as we move into the second part of Eliphaz's first response we will see him appealing to the grace and mercy of God that is there for the humble, exercising His sovereign power on their behalf. Yes, it may come as discipline but the purpose of that is to bring blessings into our lives. Meanwhile we need to avoid the folly of appearing proud or arrogant because such people are brought down by the Lord.]



v.1-7 Beware the folly of pride & arrogance


v.1  “Call if you will, but who will answer you? To which of the holy ones will you turn? 

v.2 Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple. 

v.3 I myself have seen a fool taking root, but suddenly his house was cursed. 

v.4 His children are far from safety, crushed in court without a defender. 

v.5 The hungry consume his harvest, taking it even from among thorns, and the thirsty pant after his wealth. 

v.6 For hardship does not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout from the ground. 

v.7 Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward. 


[Notes: If you want to shout out to heaven, which angel could you appeal to? Such an approach is folly and I have seen such foolish and arrogant people perish in a moment. The destruction doesn't come from the land yet it is inherent in the folly of the world. In the light of what follows, this is about the futility of a wrong attitude.]



v.8-16 Call on the Lord for He alone has the power to cast down or lift up


v.8  “But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him. 

v.9 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. 

v.10 He provides rain for the earth; he sends water on the countryside. 

v.11 The lowly he sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety. 

v.12 He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success. 

v.13 He catches the wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are swept away. 

v.14 Darkness comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night. 

v.15 He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the powerful. 

v.16 So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth. 


[Notes: In your shoes I think I would call on the Lord and pour it all out to Him because He has the miraculous ability to lift up the needy or put down the godless. His heart is always for the needy and the poor.]



v.17-20 Trust in the God who disciplines in love


v.17  “Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. 

v.18 For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal. 

v.19 From six calamities he will rescue you; in seven no harm will touch you. 

v.20  In famine he will deliver you from death, and in battle from the stroke of the sword. 


[Notes: If God disciplines it is always for our good and if your testing/disciplining comprises six calamities, He will see you through them, so if a seventh should come, you will have passed the test and simply triumph over it. He will deliver you.]



v.21-27 The Six Consequences of His Saving Actions


v.21  You will be protected from the lash of the tongue, and need not fear when destruction comes. 

v.22  You will laugh at destruction and famine, and need not fear the wild animals. 

v.23  For you will have a covenant with the stones of the field, and the wild animals will be at peace with you. 

v.24 You will know that your tent is secure; you will take stock of your property and find nothing missing. 

v.25 You will know that your children will be many, and your descendants like the grass of the earth. 

v.26 You will come to the grave in full vigor, like sheaves gathered in season. 

v.27  “We have examined this, and it is true. So hear it and apply it to yourself.”


[Notes: If the Lord delivers in discipline you WILL know these six consequences.



1. Yes, the grace and mercy of God is there for the humble, thus we will be wise if we maintain a right attitude.

2. Yes, God does exercise His sovereign power on behalf of the humble, so thank Him for that.

3. Yes, if discipline comes it is to bring blessings into our lives. See Heb 12:6,10b,11]


Concluding Comments: What was this chapter about?

Well it appears at first sight to be nearer the truth than the previous chapter.

•  Yes, in this fallen world things go wrong [v.1-7] because of Sin but that's not the end of the story – that comes in the New Testament.
•  Trying to assess how God works in every situation [v.8-16] is unwise because although He often does the things noted, we can't always see it and it may not work out like that.
•  The words about discipline and correction [v.17-20] are true in principle, but from our limited perspective may not always be seen.
•  As much as we may like the six consequences to be true, sadly they often are not. God doesn't work mechanically and there are often more things to be taken into account.


So to sum up, what has Eliphaz been saying in this chapter? He

•  warns Job against appearing a fool [v.1-7],

•  counsels him to appeal to God the Creator, the just all-powerful one [v.8-16],

•  counsels him to trust God, the one who disciplines but saves [v.17-20],

•  declares six things that will happen if he does [v.21-27].

It's never a bad thing to advise more prayer but it should always come with compassion which seems to be lacking here.]


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