Job 22* Eliphaz shows that a man's goodness profits not God. (1-4) Jobaccused of oppression. (5-14) The world before the flood.(15-20) Eliphaz exhorts Job to repentance. (21-30)1-4 Eliphaz considers that, because Job complained so much ofhis afflictions, he thought God was unjust in afflicting him;but Job was far from thinking so. What Eliphaz says, is unjustlyapplied to Job, but it is very true, that when God does us goodit is not because he is indebted to us. Man's piety is no profitto God, no gain. The gains of religion to men are infinitelygreater than the losses of it. God is a Sovereign, who gives noaccount of his conduct; but he is perfectly wise, just,faithful, good, and merciful. He approves the likeness of hisown holiness, and delights in the fruits of his Spirit; heaccepts the thankful services of the humble believer, while herejects the proud claim of the self-confident. 5-14 Eliphaz brought heavy charges against Job, without reasonfor his accusations, except that Job was visited as he supposedGod always visited every wicked man. He charges him withoppression, and that he did harm with his wealth and power inthe time of his prosperity. 15-20 Eliphaz would have Job mark the old way that wicked menhave trodden, and see what the end of their way was. It is goodfor us to mark it, that we may not walk therein. But if othersare consumed, and we are not, instead of blaming them, andlifting up ourselves, as Eliphaz does here, we ought to bethankful to God, and take it for a warning. 21-30 The answer of Eliphaz wrongly implied that Job hadhitherto not known God, and that prosperity in this life wouldfollow his sincere conversion. The counsel Eliphaz here gives isgood, though, as to Job, it was built upon a false suppositionthat he was a stranger and enemy to God. Let us beware ofslandering our brethren; and if it be our lot to suffer in thismanner, let us remember how Job was treated; yea, how Jesus wasreviled, that we may be patient. Let us examine whether theremay not be some colour for the slander, and walk watchfully, soas to be clear of all appearances of evil.
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