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For the the first-born son of Esau, see Eliphaz.

Eliphaz (probably meaning "God of gold") was one of Job's friends, probably a descendant of Eliphaz, son of Esau (Job 4:1). He appears in the Book of Job in the Hebrew Bible.

Eliphaz appears mild and modest; in his first reply to Job's complaints, he argues that those who are truly good are never entirely forsaken by Providence, but that punishment may justly be inflicted for secret sins. He denies that any man is innocent and censures Job for asserting his freedom from guilt. Eliphaz exhorts Job to confess any concealed iniquities to alleviate his punishment. His arguments are well supported but God declares at the end of the book that Eliphaz believed an erroneous view of divine dispensations. Job offers a sacrifice to God for Eliphaz's error.

See also

ca:Elifazpt:Elifaz

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