"Now acquaint now thyself with Him,
and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you.
This is what, by looking at the Book’s text as a whole – is Eliphaz’s third speech. Eliphaz is referred to as from “Teman”, apparently to the SW of a town known as Sela in Edom at a place called “Taliwan”. Of course, if you are me, you need to scout up a map of the land to see just where that is. He had concluded and spoken out at what one of the common themes put forth as a reason for Job’s suffering – that is that Job was, obviously, a great sinner (ch. 1-5) and he charged Job with greed and cruelty (ch. 6-11), and in some (not so little bit) of hypocrisy dwelt throughout his speeches dwelt on God’s omniscience and man’s wickedness (ch. 12-20), and summarizing his speeches urged Job to get right with God (ch. 21-30) because God just doesn’t do that kind of thing to man without right cause.
Our verse in question (22:21) is a part of that last referred to section and theme. In these verses(17-18), Eliphaz essentially quotes some of Job’s words from 21:14-16:
Yet they say to God, ‘Depart from us,
For we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways.
Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him?
And what profit do we have if we pray to Him?’
Indeed their prosperity is not in their hand;
The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
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