4:7 righteous cut off. Many people have believed that the book of Job was written to answer the question as to why the righteous suffer. Eliphaz here proposes his solution: the righteous don’t suffer. Therefore, Job must have committed some grievous sin, and is being punished for it. He and the other two friends keep repeating this simplistic solution throughout the entire dialogue. God eventually pronounced it to be all wrong (Job 42:7).