resumes his indictment by quoting Job's impious talk and questioning his intention for future behavior.
Therefore you say, "What does God know? Can he judge through the deep darkness? Thick clouds enwrap him, so that he does not see, and he walks on the vault of heaven." Will you keep to the old way which wicked men have trod? Job 22:13-15
Eliphaz closes by describing the fate of the wicked men whose old way Job is presently walking and the exultant victory of the righteous (vv. 16-20). After this extensive indictment and sentence Eliphaz urges Job to be at peace with God (vv. 21-22) and tries to motivate the instruction with a series of promises (vv. 23-30).
Enemy behavior is also charged against Job in the prologue when Satan asks, "Is it without cause that Job fears God?" (1:9). Likewise, the narrator once char- acterizes Job with what may be considered an enemy dispo- sition. The statement is made that "he was righteous in his own eyes" (32:1).49
49 MT vynyfb, "in his eyes"; Greek, however, reads enantion autwn which reflects a Hebrew text reading Mhynyfb "in their eyes." MT is to be preferred. It
should perhaps be observed that the Hebrew is also suscep- tible to the interpretation that Job was righteous "in his (i.e., Yahweh's) eyes." Such an interpretation would cohere well with the narrator's other characterizations of Job, always as a righteous person (cf. n. 45 above). Weighing against such an understanding is the frequent
Hebrew usage of vynyfb to mean "in his own eyes" as in
Psalms 17:14; 36:3 and Prov. 12:15; 16:2; 21:2; 26:5, 12, 16; 28:11; 30:12.