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What is this "spirit [that] glided past my face, and the hair on my body ..." which Eliphaz the Temanite told Job about?

Job 4 English Standard Version (ESV)
4 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:

15 A spirit glided past my face;
    the hair of my flesh stood up.

Job 4:4

ESV - 4 Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have made firm the feeble knees.

Clarify Share Report Asked September 22 2018 Mini Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In my opinion, in this passage, Eliphaz the Temanite is representing the spirit to whom he is referring as being God coming to him in visible form in a vision or dream, and speaking to him. However, this could not have been the case, since God Himself later told Eliphaz in Job 42:7, "My wrath is kindled against you and your two friends; for you have not spoken of Me what is right."

Therefore, the spirit to which Eliphaz was referring would either have been a product of his imagination that confirmed his own (erroneous) viewpoint regarding Job's situation based on his limited human understanding, or a more malevolent entity with the purposeful intent of providing Eliphaz with a mistaken understanding of the dynamics of the situation (as pointed out by Elihu in Job 32-37).

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