Metaphysical meaning of Eliphaz (mbd)

Metaphysical meaning of Eliphaz (mbd)
Eliphaz, el'-i-phaz (Heb.)--God is purification; God is dispenser; God of strength; whom God makes strong.

a Son of Esau, by Adah, the daughter of Elon the Hittite (Gen. 36:4). b The Temanite, one of Job's three friends and supposed to have been descended from the son of Esau by this name (Job 2:11).

Meta. Teman refers to the southern quarter, or subconscious realm in man. Eliphaz the Temanite signifies a thought of strength and of purification that springs from the subconsciousness. This thought, however, does not measure up to spiritual Truth: Eliphaz did not prove himself able to help Job. But the thought that Eliphaz represents realizes that true cleansing, as well as strength and supply to meet man's needs, come from God (God is purification, God is dispenser, God of strength). The Eliphaz thought is capable of unfolding into greater understanding and fruitfulness, and so we find that Job, after receiving the light, prayed for his friends.

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