“What do you know that we do not know?” (v9). The dramatic argument continued, with Job’s accusers sure that he was recklessly defying the wisdom of elders (v10), and Job himself sure of his own innocence. Eliphaz said that Job’s sin was obvious, because a wicked man always fails in life: “he will not be rich, and his wealth will not endure, nor will his possessions spread over the earth” (v29). Yet life does not always follow a logical path.
“What is man, that he can be pure?” (v14). Eliphaz’s viewpoint has some truth – sin does lead to trouble – yet it is incomplete. Good people suffer too, like Job, and the “why” is known only to God.