Eliphaz the Temanite speaks first to Job about his condition. Eliphaz reminisces about the strong words of Job that have encouraged and strengthened so many people who sought Job’s counsel. Now in the midst of anguish and pain Eliphaz offers words of counsel to Job. He suggests to Job that only the sinful suffer. Eliphaz recalls a frightful dream when a spirit appeared silently and asked, “Can mankind be just before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?” So Eliphaz suggests that Job stands guilty before God so he must endure this suffering.