Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO JOB 15\\

Job's three friends having in their turns attacked him, and he having
given answer respectively to them, Eliphaz, who began the attack, first
enters the debate with him again, and proceeds upon the same plan as
before, and endeavours to defend his former sentiments, falling upon
Job with greater vehemence and severity; he charges him with vanity,
imprudence, and unprofitableness in his talk, and acting a part
unbecoming his character as a wise man; yea, with impiety and a neglect
of religion, or at least as a discourager of it by his words and
doctrines, of which his mouth and lips were witnesses against him,
\\#Job 15:1-6\\; he charges him with arrogance and a high conceit of
himself, as if he was the first man that was made, nay, as if he was
the eternal wisdom of God, and had been in his council; and, to check
his vanity, retorts his own words upon him, or however the sense of
them, \\#Job 15:7-10\\; and also with slighting the consolations of
God; upon which he warmly expostulates with him, \\#Job 15:11-13\\; and
in order to convince him of his self-righteousness, which he thought he
was full of, he argues from the angels, the heavens, and the general
case of man, \\#Job 15:14-16\\; and then he declares from his own
knowledge, and from the relation of wise and ancient men in former
times, who made it their observation, that wicked men are afflicted all
their days, attended with terror and despair, and liable to various
calamities, \\#Job 15:17-24\\; the reasons of which are their insolence
to God, and hostilities committed against him, which they are
encouraged in by their prosperous circumstances, \\#Job 15:25-27\\;
notwithstanding all, their estates, riches, and wealth, will come to
nothing, \\#Job 15:28-30\\; and the chapter is closed with an exhortation
to such, not to feed themselves up with vain hopes, or trust in
uncertain riches, since their destruction would be sure, sudden, and
terrible, \\#Job 15:31-35\\.