“‘Am I a God nearby?’
‘Am I not a God far off?
Who can hide
In secret places
So that I cannot see them?’
‘Do I not fill heaven and earth?’
There seems to be 3 oracles of Yahweh about his power and presence. First God, Yahweh, is near, close, or immanent. Secondly, he is far away, distant or transcendent. People cannot hide in secret places from him, since he can see them wherever they are. Finally, he fills both heaven and earth, since God is both omnipresent and omniscient.
“Is not God high in the heavens?
See the highest stars!
How lofty they are!
Therefore you say.
‘What does God know?
Can he judge through the deep darkness?
Thick clouds enwrap him.
Thus he does not see.
He walks on the vault of heaven.’
Will you keep to the old way?
Will you tread the path of wicked men?
They were snatched away before their time.
Their foundation was washed away by a flood.
They said to God.
‘Leave us alone.
What can the Almighty Shaddai do to us?’
Yet he filled their houses with good things.
The plans of the wicked are repugnant to me.
The righteous see it.
The righteous are glad.
The innocent laugh them to scorn, saying.
‘Surely our adversaries are cut off.
What they have left,
The fire has consumed.’”
Eliphaz described God as a distant unknowable God. He was high in heaven above the stars. How then can this faraway God know and judge what is going on here on earth with all the dark clouds around him? Once again, he referred to the wicked as wanting to be left alone by God. Why would they want the almighty Shaddai since they had everything they wanted? However, the righteous see that the wicked fill their houses with good things. The righteous think that bad things will happen to the wicked. The distant God seemed unconcerned about what was happening here on earth.