Job Chapter Five, Just You Wait And See...

In our study of Job chapter five, we will see how experience can bring knowledge but wisdom can only come from God. In chapter 4, we saw that Eliphaz spoke to Job as the voice of experience concerning his current problems. Now, we will see that experience and knowledge have their limits when it comes to the things of God while true understanding of the things of God (wisdom) is only available through the power of God.

Job 5:1

"'Call if you will, but who will answer you? To which of the holy ones will you turn?'" NIV translation

Eliphaz continues to speak as he asks Job which saint or angel he will appeal to for help. This speaks about the pagan practice of praying to a long list of gods concerning a particular problem in hopes of finding the one that had the ability to help. As we see here, this pagan practice was even brought into the family of God and is even among people that call themselves Christians today. With the questions, Eliphaz implies that there is not an angel that can help Job and he was right about that point.

Job 5:2 - 5

"'Resentment kills a fool, and envy slays the simple. I myself have seen a fool taking root, but suddenly his house was cursed. His children are far from safety, crushed in court without a defender. The hungry consume his harvest, taking it even from among thorns, and the thirsty pant after his wealth.'" NIV translation

The Hebrew word that is translated as "resentment" here, is ka' ac which means anger and the word translated as envy is qin' ah which basically means passion. The term fool is used to describe someone that ignores the things of God and Eliphaz is basically telling him that he has let his emotions get between him and God. 

He goes on to explain that fools (those who ignore the things of God) are eventually judged (cursed). We are reminded of the fact that Eliphaz believed that Job was hiding a "secret sin" and, in his experience, that was the basis of God's current curse upon Job. Eliphaz had some understanding but he failed to realize that experience and knowledge have their limits when it comes to the things of God.