Well someone had to say something. We couldn’t believe what we heard. It was obvious he was hurting. But his conclusions were way off. Bildad and Zophar looked at me. That look of ‘ou’re the oldest Eliphaz. Say something.” I was the senior member after all and in our culture, the oldest always speaks first. I looked at Job. Poor guy. He’d been through some hard stuff. But we couldn’t remain silent with all he’d said. So I cleared my throat and began.
Job, “Will you be patient and let me say a word or will be you be impatient? For who could keep from speaking out 3 “In the past you have encouraged many people you have strengthened those who were weak. 4 our words have supported those who were falling you encouraged those with shaky knees. 5 But now when trouble strikes, you get impatient.” So far so good. He’s just looking at me. He’s not smiling yet but I’m sure we can get him there. The ice has been broken. I began to get a little more comfortable in speaking. I’ll give him some good old wisdom to help soften the blow.
7 “Stop and think! Do the innocent die When have the upright been destroyed 8 My experience shows that those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will get the same back.” That was the wisdom part. But then I remembered this dream I once had. I thought it would be relevant for Job. So I told him about it.