Ironically Rhetorical?

Read Job 15

Focus on verse 2 – 3

Rhetorical questions assume their answer. They are in essence not so much a question as they are a statement. In this case they are more of an indictment. Eliphaz is not asking these questions because he is seeking an answer. His questions are eloquently stated with the purpose of leveling a charge against Job – essentially suggesting that Job is speaking like an arrogant, self-centered windbag. As is typically the case in such situation, it becomes a case of the pot calling the kettle black. As Eliphaz attempts to substantiate his accusation he begins to sound a lot like the arrogant, self-centered windbag he is accusing Job of being.

When God finally speaks near the end of the book of Job, Eliphaz and his friends and even Job discover the futility of using the “I know more than you know” argument, particularly when the discussion is about God and His motives and actions. In the final analysis God sets them all straight and we get the benefit of learning from their experience. I have discovered that in many situations where there is much discussion, it is often better to sit in silence and allow others to think you are a fool, than to prematurely open your mouth and in so doing remove all doubt.


About Dented-Knight

Peter Enns (aka - The Dented Knight) is a native of rural southern Manitoba, Canada. He is an ordained minister, the proprietor of LNE Web Services, father of four, grandfather of two, and life long husband of one. 
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