who was a brother of Job and a nephew of Abraham.
When the four friends arrived in the city in which Job
lived, the inhabitants took them outside the gates, and pointing
to a figure reclining upon an ash-heap at some distance
off, they said, "Yonder is Job." At first the friends would
not give them credence, and they decided to look more
closely at the man, to make sure of his identity. But the foul
smell emanating from Job was so strong that they could not
come near to him. They ordered their armies to scatter perfumes
and aromatic substances all around. Only after this
had been done for hours, they could approach the outcast
close enough to recognize him.
Eliphaz was the first to address Job, "Art thou indeed