Daily Arts Web Nucleus


Discover the Arts! Each day a different image from the Literary, Performing, or Visual Arts representing a portion of Scripture
plus an explanation with links

2018 April 8

Mocking of Job (1645-1649)
Gioacchino Assereto (1600-1649)
Baroque Style
Szepmuveszeti Muzeum, Budapest, Hungary
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     [ Illustration: In his second reply, Eliphaz becomes more strident against Job than before, as depicted in today's painting. ]


[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]

     Explanation: In Job 15, Eliphaz begins his second answer to Job, thus beginning the second round of dialogue.
     Eliphaz answered Job in anger (1).
     He said that Job's knowledge was empty, and his belly was filled with the east wind. He said that Job's words were unprofitable and worthless. He said that Job was both fearless and prayerless before God and that his mouth uttered iniquity and craftiness. (The charge of prayerlessness is remarkable since Job included prayers to God in his answers, addressing both his friends and the LORD). Eliphaz said that Job's own mouth condemned him (2-6).
     He said that Job had no special knowledge either from nature or from God. And Eliphaz said that he and his friends a knew as much as Job did. Moreover, said Eliphaz, men who were older than Job's father (and therefore wiser) were with them, implying that their wisdom was not only equal to Job's, it was superior (7-10).
     Then, incredibly, Eliphaz uttered a statement laced with hubris and insensitivity. The ESV best captures the sense of the statement: "Are the comforts of God too small for you, or the word that deals gently with you?" (verse 11).
     Thus Eliphaz was claiming that he and his friends were bringing the comforts of God to Job with gentle words! But the tone of the men was anything but gentle in the previous chapters; and their accusations were based only on speculation, not on evidence; so they could hardly be called "the comforts of God." Furthermore, Eliphaz accused Job of turning his spirit against God (12).
     Then Eliphaz, (correctly), said that man could be neither clean nor righteous. He said that God did not put his trust in his saints; and even the heavens were not clean in his sight; so "How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinks iniquity like water?" Job had made similar observations (Job 9:2, Job 14:4). The question was not whether man was inherently righteous. He is not. Job and all the others knew this and acknowledged it. Rather, the question was whether Job had done something which merited the destruction that came upon him. He had not. God acknowledged Job's innocence twice in the first two chapters of the book. And Job tried repeatedly to make this point. But Job's accusers ignored it repeatedly. They held constantly to the false premise that affliction is a sure sign of punishment for sin. Rather, from a Biblical perspective, affliction comes for two reasons -- as a punishment for sin (in some cases) or as a challenge to obedience (in all cases). The supreme example of the latter is to be found in the life of Jesus Christ. He is described in Scripture as "holy, harmless, and undefiled" (Hebrews 7:26). Yet, says Hebrews 5:8, "he learned obedience by the things he suffered" (13-16).
     Eliphaz then asserted that old and wise men had told him that "the wicked man travails with pain all his days"; and the destroyer comes upon him. (This is decidedly untrue in many cases, as shown in various Scriptures such as Psalm 73 and Psalm 37). Eliphaz continues such assertions throughout the rest of his speech, stating that the wicked experience darkness, sword, famine, anguish, and the like. And in the midst of his security, though he is well fed, the wicked one becomes desolate; and his trust is vain. Their habitations are consumed by fire because they conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and prepare deceit. Implicitly, Eliphaz applied all of this to Job (17-35).

     [ Sermons: William Still. Various. ]

Bile Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation

[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].

[Post Exile Chronology 1. Post Exile Chronology 2. Post Exile Chronology 3.]

[Prophets Chronology 1. Prophets Chronology 2. Prophets Chronology 3. Prophets Chronology 4.]

[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]

[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]


PLEASE NOTE: Use the resources on this and other sites thoughtfully, particularly the commentaries and encyclopedias. I have attempted to list conservative, scholarly resources. However, some providers use liberal or liberal-influenced commentaries such as the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (in Bible Hub). Such commentaries are undoubtedly included by the provider for the wealth of useful information and comments which they provide. By consulting several commentaries, it should be fairly easy to sort out the wheat from the chaff. If, however, you would like personal assistance, write to me at AD LIB ARTS EMAIL.

[4] Job 12:16-25.
[7] Job 12:2; Job 12:7; Job 12:9.
[11] 2 Samuel 4:5; Job 15:8; Psalm 80:11.
[14] Job 4:17; Job 9:2; Job 25:4.
[15] Job 4:18; Job 5:5.
[18] Job 8:8.
[20] Job 4:12.
[24] Isaiah 22:18.
[25] Psalm 10:6; Psalm 10:11; Deuteronomy 32:15; Psalm 17:10.
[30] Job 11:20.
[31] James 1:26; 1 Samuel 12:21.
[34] Job 3:7.
     -- From Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


John Calvin - CCEL | Analytical Chart - BLB


Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)


Hebrew and Greek Interlinear Download - Scripture 4 All

Bible Hub Interlinear Hebrew and Greek Bible

Bible Hub Hebrew Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Hebrew Interlinear

Mounce Interlinear | Bible Hub Greek Interlinear | Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible

Job Detailed Outline

The Book of Job


2085 B.C., Uz

The wisdom and blessing of exercising faith during undeserved suffering

Job 15

Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.

2. The Debate About Job's Affliction (Job 2:11 - Job 37:24)

b. Round 2 (Job 15:1 - Job 21:34)

1). Eliphaz Replies to Job (Job 15:1 - Job 15:35)
(Man is not pure, and wicked men {like you} suffer torment.)

     1 Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said, 2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind? 3 Should he reason with unprofitable [not useful] talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good? 4 Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God. 5 For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty. 6 Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee.
     7 Art thou the first man that was born? or wast thou made before the hills? 8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself? 9 What knowest thou, that we know not? what understandest thou, which is not in us? 10 With us are both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder [greater of days] than thy father. 11 Are the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing with thee? 12 Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at, 13 That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth? 14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? 15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight. 16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?
     17 I will shew thee, hear me; and that which I have seen I will declare; 18 Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid it: 19 Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them. 20 The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor. 21 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him. 22 He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword. 23 He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand. 24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle. 25 For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty. 26 He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers: 27 Because he coverth his face with his fatness, and maketh collops of fat on his flanks. 28 And he dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps. 29 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth. 30 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away. 31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence. 32 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green. 33 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive. 34 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery. 35 They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit.

Home | DAWN Archive

Tomorrow's Picture: TBA

     ADDITIONAL AD LIB MATERIAL: Prose, Poetry, Writers, Visual Artists, Music, DAWN, and ILLUMINATION. ILLUMINATION features a compact, Illuminated Bible. DAWN, the page you are presently visiting, features a new image and explanation daily.

Please Email Comments and Questions To

copyright 2018, Scott Souza