Job is a non believer

I like the way Eliphaz asks in the first few verses and accuses Job of not loving god and having done evil things. Then in the next section, he changes his tune and asks Job if he is going to continue on his path of sin, won’t he change.  Then, acting as though Job did not know, he lectures Job on how to find peace with God and acts as though Job left God.  Tells him if he returns, he will be blessed again.  I understand how they get to this, but they are siding on the negative, believing Job had done something to deserve the punishment he is in fact receiving.  He finishes off the chapter with him telling Job, that if Job prays to him and God will hear him and Job should keep his promises to him – to avoid continued punishment.

Job 22:3-6 New Century Version (NCV)

Does it help the Almighty for you to be good?

Does he gain anything if you are innocent?

Does God punish you for respecting him?

Does he bring you into court for this?

No! It is because your evil is without limits

and your sins have no end.

You took your brothers’ things for a debt they didn’t owe;

you took clothes from people and left them naked.

Job 22:14-17 New Century Version (NCV)

13 But you ask, ‘What does God know?

Can he judge us through the dark clouds?

14 Thick clouds cover him so he cannot see us

as he walks around high up in the sky.’

15 Are you going to stay on the old path

where evil people walk?

16 They were carried away before their time was up,

and their foundations were washed away by a flood.

17 They said to God, ‘Leave us alone!

The Almighty can do nothing to us.’

Job 22:21-23 New Century Version (NCV)

21 “Obey God and be at peace with him;

this is the way to happiness.

22 Accept teaching from his mouth,

and keep his words in your heart.

23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be blessed again.

So remove evil from your house.

Job 22:21-23 New Century Version (NCV)

26 You will find pleasure in the Almighty,

and you will look up to him.

27 You will pray to him, and he will hear you,

and you will keep your promises to him.


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