Eliphaz responded to Job’s defense even harsher than before by insinuating that he was a fool because a wise man would not have answered as he had with “empty knowledge.” He tried to show Job’s absurdity by sarcastically asking if he were older than the hills and if he knew more than the aged men before him. Eliphaz charged that wise men had stated that, “The wicked man writhes with pain all his days…” That again placed the cause of Job’s pain on his wickedness. A life of wealth lived in wickedness was described as a bitter disappointment in the end. Whatever prosperity Job may have had had been destroyed because of his sins. The truths of those ancient wise men had been misapplied to Job’s circumstances.