“Behold, this we have searched out; it is true. Hear, and know it for your good” (5:27). Job’s friend Eliphaz, like many people, wanted Job to know certain things “for his own good.” Eliphaz’s correct theology about God’s power and sovereignty was mixed up with a simplistic view of life that reduced everything to reward and punishment. Without directly accusing Job of anything, Eliphaz reminded him that “those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same” (4:8). Therefore, Eliphaz thought Job must have committed some sin.
Friends who are truly wise will point us toward God, rather than trying to analyze everything. In our “nights of misery” (7:3), God’s loving presence is better than any explanation.