Eliphaz had no way of knowing that there was an unexpected answer to his opening question:
Job 22:2-3Can a person do anything to help God?
Can even a wise person be helpful to him?
Is it any advantage to the Almighty if you are righteous?
Would it be any gain to him if you were perfect?
Obviously, the thinking would have gone, none of us can improve God’s lot, can we?
Well yes. There was an advantage to the Almighty of Job being righteous. Job’s righteousness was the very reason God singled him out to begin with.
Job’s righteousness would demonstrate that people were righteous out of love and obedience to God. Even when he lost everything, Job still refused to curse God.