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Encyclopedia > Eliphaz (Job)

one of Job's friends, probably a descendant of Eliphaz, son of Esau (Job 4:1). Eliphaz (אֱלִיפַז / אֱלִיפָז My God is strength, Standard Hebrew Elifaz, Tiberian Hebrew ʾĔlîp̄az / ʾĔlîp̄āz) was the first-born son of Esau by his wife Adah. ... Esau (Hebrew עֵשָׂו, Standard Hebrew Ê¿Esav, Tiberian Hebrew ʿĒśāw) is the son of Isaac and Rebekah and the older twin brother of Jacob in the biblical Book of Genesis, who, in the Torah, was tricked by Jacob into giving up his birthright (leadership of Israel) for a mess of pottage (meal...

His natural temper, as appears by his speeches, was mild and modest; he makes the first reply to the complaints of Job and argues that the truly good are never entirely forsaken by Providence, but that exemplary punishment may justly be inflicted for secret sins. He denies that any man is innocent, censures Job for asserting his freedom from guilt, and exhorts him to confess his concealed iniquities, as a probable means of alleviating their punishment. His arguments are well supported, but he is declared, at the close of the book of Job, to have taken an erroneous view of the divine dispensations; and Job offers a sacrifice on his account. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

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