Eliphas keeps saying the truth. But the truth is lacking in love and compassion. First he speaks about the wicked, then about the rigtheous, saying that God is always for the part of the righteous.
1. For affliction doesn't come from the dust (1-7)
Eliphaz's reasoning is fundamentally legalistic, based on a causal relationship. To him, there isn't misfortune without cause. We remember that Jesus defied this logical saying that the man of John 9 isn't blind because of his sin, but to be an intrument for God's glory. Eliphaz was an experienced man. He observed many cases where the wicked was punished. His thoughts are very fatalistic because he doen't see the sense and the value of human life (7).
2. As for me I would seek God (8-27)
Eliphaz was a legalistic man, but he also was a man full of self justice. He pretends to be protected by God because he always walked according to God's justice. He doesn't recognize that fundamentally he was an incorrigible sinner worthy of eternal condamnation. He was a type who seeks salvation through his good works and human merits. He doen't know that these things are similar to a polluted garment. He says that people like him will receive a reward. God blesses and rewards the rightous finally, but the sovereingty of God is that He leads all to repentance. Eliphaz imputed maliciousness to Job because of his present suffering, like God should give it to correct him.
Prayer: Lord, make me follow your holy law with fear but protect me from Pharisaism.Bottom line: Holiness but no Pharisaism