Your words have supported those who stumbled;
you have strengthened faltering knees.
Should not your piety be your confidence
and your blameless ways your hope?
Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished?
Where were the upright ever destroyed?
As I have observed, those who plow evil
And those who sow trouble read it.
At the breath of God they are destroyed;
At the blast of his anger they perish.
For he wounds, but he also binds up;
he injures, but his hands also heal.
According to Eliphaz Job has sinned, so he should just throw himself at the feet of the Almighty and beg for relief. I actually find this part of his admonition refreshing. It's never wrong to appeal to God, to lay our cause before him. Eliphaz may not be correct as to the cause of Job's suffering, but this seems to me to be good advice.
Eliphaz said, "Should not your piety be your confidence....?" That requires an emphatic NO for an answer. Not our piety, but our relationship with God should be our confidence.
Next post we'll see what Job has to say in response.
And sorry it took so long to post this. We've had some lengthy Internet outages at home as our ISP is having trouble.