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In fairness to the friends it must now be said that they do not dispute with Job and hurl accusations against him just to torment him.70 The intention time and again is to move Job to repentance. Although they use their doctrine of order to reconstruct the past, they have not given up its power to predict the future. They are certain that repent- ance on Job's part will issue in restoration and blessing. After his amazing indictment of Job, therefore, Eliphaz can also urge,

Agree with God, and be at peace;

thereby good will come to you. Receive instruction from his mouth,

and lay up words in your heart.

If you return (bvw) to the Almighty

and humble yourself, if you remove unrighteousness far from your tents, if you lay gold in the dust, and gold of Ophir among the stones of the torrent bed, and if the Almighty is your gold, and your precious silver; then you will delight yourself in the Almighty, and lift up your face to God. You will make your prayer to him, and he will hear you; and you will pay your vows. You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways. When men are brought low you will say, "Rise up," and he who has been humbled will be saved.

70 This true in spite of Job's charges in 16:4b; 19:2, 22; and 21:3.


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