Job – Chapter 15

The Price of Evil

So, Job’s friend, Eliphaz continues with his assault on Job. There is definitely some truth to what Eliphaz is saying to Job, especially the last part of the chapter when he talks about what happens to evil men (verses 27 – 35):

27 “Though his face is covered with fat
and his waist bulges with flesh,
28 he will inhabit ruined towns
and houses where no one lives,
houses crumbling to rubble.
29 He will no longer be rich and his wealth will not endure,
nor will his possessions spread over the land.
30 He will not escape the darkness;
a flame will wither his shoots,
and the breath of God’s mouth will carry him away.
31 Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless,
for he will get nothing in return.
32 Before his time he will wither,
and his branches will not flourish.
33 He will be like a vine stripped of its unripe grapes,
like an olive tree shedding its blossoms.
34 For the company of the godless will be barren,
and fire will consume the tents of those who love bribes.
35 They conceive trouble and give birth to evil;
their womb fashions deceit.”

We have learned a lot about what happens to evil people in the old testament, but it still sounds Job’s friends are being very judgmental. It seems like they’re saying that this is what waits for Job because he has sinned.