Job 15:4-9 (NIV) 4 But you even undermine piety and hinder devotion to God. 5 Your sin prompts your mouth; you adopt the tongue of the crafty. 6 Your own mouth condemns you, not mine; your own lips testify against you. 7 “Are you the first man ever born? Were you brought forth before the hills? 8 Do you listen in on God’s council? Do you limit wisdom to yourself? 9 What do you know that we do not know? What insights do you have that we do not have?
On verses 1-16: Even after Job has lost virtually everything and has told his friends exactly what he needs from them – he needs them to shut up and just listen to him (Job 13:5-6) – Eliphaz cannot help himself. Eliphaz insists on speaking up one more time. With even more vitriol and accusation on his tongue than before, Eliphaz accuses Job of being foolish (v2-3), undevoted to God (v4), sinful (v5), self-condemning (v6), prideful and arrogant (v7-9), ungrateful to God (v11), rageful (v12-13), vile and corrupt (v14-16).
Evidently Eliphaz has forgotten his original purpose for coming to see Job in the first place: to comfort him. Now Eliphaz has allowed his emotions to get the best of him and is now quarreling with a grieving man.
What can we learn from this? When we allow our emotions to get the best of us, we stop being a blessing and end up get into unnecessary quarrels. It’s no wonder the Bible warns us repeatedly against losing our cool and being quarrelsome with others. For example:
Proverbs 26:21 (NLT2) 21 A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.
Proverbs 21:19 (NIV) 19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
Proverbs 21:9 and 25:24 (NIV) 24 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
2 Timothy 2:24 (NIV) 24 And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
Heavenly Father, thank You for showing me that I stop being a blessing when I let my emotions get the best of me. Holy Spirit come and fill me today. I pray that I would be well-tempered and self-controlled, that I would avoid unnecessary quarrels with those around me. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!