March 12, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for Job 21-22
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Context: At times, have we all not wondered why the wicked seem to prosper and the righteous suffer? It is an age old question. In chapter 21, Job asks his friends the same question. He begins by pleading with his friends to truly listen to what he has to say, before questioning the doctrine his friends had been insisting upon: the wicked are punished and the devout are blessed. Job's speech concludes the second round speeches. Eliphaz opens the third round of speeches, with a direct attack. He condemns Job, alleging that Job's sin must have been bold to be so severely punished. Job must have abused the weak and unfortunate. In verse 12, Eliphaz claims Job is practicing practical atheism, that is, the belief that God is so distant, it matters not what he does. Finally, beginning in verse 21, Eliphaz calls on Job to repent.