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G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

Job 5

 

 

Verses 1-27

Proceeding, Eliphaz asked Job to whom he would appeal, to which of the holy ones, that is, as against the truth which he had declared, or in defense of himself. In the light of evident guilt, all vexation and jealousy, such as Job had manifested, constitute such sin as produces final undoing. His attempted explanation of the meaning of suffering he then crystallized into proverbial form:

Affliction cometh not forth of the dust, Neither doth trouble spring out of the ground. That is to say again that there must have been a sowing for such a harvest.

Eliphaz then proceeded to utter his advice to Job by telling him what he would do. He "would seek unto God," and to Him commit his cause. This declaration is followed by a passage of great beauty, in which he tells of the faithfulness and might of the Most High. In order to persuade his suffering friend to such action, he described the confidence and ultimate deliverance and restoration which would come to him if his trust was in God. It is all very beautiful, but absolutely short-sighted. Eliphaz had no knowledge of those secret councils in heaven, and was making the mistake of attempting to press all things into the compass of his philosophy.

 


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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Job 5:4". "G. Campbell Morgan Exposition on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gcm/job-5.html. 1857-84.

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