In these passages, three of Job’s friends come to Job to comfort him: Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. After sitting with Job in silence for a full week, Eliphaz spoke to Job. Instead of comforting Job, Eliphaz actually chastised Job. He basically said that people reap what they sow. If one sows wickedness, he will reap affliction and trouble. Eliphaz was suggesting that Job must be guilty of some iniquity in his life and deserved his plight. Eliphaz also said that Job should not despise the discipline of the Almighty, for God reproves His people for their transgressions.
Eliphaz was speaking Truths, but in Job’s case it didn’t apply. Job was not an evil person. God even said Job was blameless. However, the situation at hand had caused Job’s friend Eliphaz to come to a faulty conclusion. We too must be careful about our judgment of others for we do not have all the facts. In fact, the Bible says that we are not to judge others lest we ourselves be judged. We are to focus on our own lives in regard to judgment.
The Bible also says that we are to ‘test ourselves and see if we are in the Faith.’ We are responsible for our own behavior and not the behavior of others. We should never consider ourselves to be righteous, for the Bible says, “None are righteous; not even one.”