Job 15* Eliphaz reproves Job. (1-16) The unquietness of wicked men.(17-35)1-16 Eliphaz begins a second attack upon Job, instead of beingsoftened by his complaints. He unjustly charges Job with castingoff the fear of God, and all regard to him, and restrainingprayer. See in what religion is summed up, fearing God, andpraying to him; the former the most needful principle, thelatter the most needful practice. Eliphaz charges Job withself-conceit. He charges him with contempt of the counsels andcomforts given him by his friends. We are apt to think thatwhich we ourselves say is important, when others, with reason,think little of it. He charges him with opposition to God.Eliphaz ought not to have put harsh constructions upon the wordsof one well known for piety, and now in temptation. It is plainthat these disputants were deeply convinced of the doctrine oforiginal sin, and the total depravity of human nature. Shall wenot admire the patience of God in bearing with us? and stillmore his love to us in the redemption of Christ Jesus hisbeloved Son? 17-35 Eliphaz maintains that the wicked are certainlymiserable: whence he would infer, that the miserable arecertainly wicked, and therefore Job was so. But because many ofGod's people have prospered in this world, it does not thereforefollow that those who are crossed and made poor, as Job, are notGod's people. Eliphaz shows also that wicked people,particularly oppressors, are subject to continual terror, livevery uncomfortably, and perish very miserably. Will theprosperity of presumptuous sinners end miserably as heredescribed? Then let the mischiefs which befal others, be ourwarnings. Though no chastening for the present seemeth to bejoyous, but grievous, nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth thepeaceable fruits of righteousness to them that are exercisedthereby. No calamity, no trouble, however heavy, however severe,can rob a follower of the Lord of his favour. What shallseparate him from the love of Christ?
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