Eliphaz Vigorously Attacks Job
How frustrated Eliphaz must have been after
all the admonishment given to Job, he still has not admitted to being a great sinner. Job still sees no need to repent, therefore
Eliphaz pushes harder to rescue Job from the terrible fate of the wicked.
Homer Hailey in his commentary on Job,
page 147, states, "They [the friends] see Job as deluded and wanted to rescue him from his sin and error; and
they desperately tried to do that. However, they were completely blinded to truth by their own error, so that they could not
deal with him justly. They are a monument to human frailty and prejudice from whom we can learn valuable lesson."
Eliphaz verbally attacks Job with the same arguments,
however, with a tone more harsh than ever before.
- Accuses Job of empty, unprofitable talk. "Should a wise
man answer with empty knowledge and fill himself with the east wind?" "Should he reason with unprofitable talk,
or by speeches with which he can do no good? (1-3)
Job with irreverence for the Lord:"Yes, you cast of fear, and restrain prayer before God." (4)
- Blames Job's iniquity for his sinful speech:"For your iniquity teaches
your mouth, and you choose the tongue of the crafty. Your own mouth condemns you, and not I; yes, your own lips testify against
- Accuses Job of being lifted up with the prideful
thought that Job was wiser than the the ancients and the aged. (7-13)
Job is not trustworthy, abominable and filthy, who "drinks iniquity like water." (vs 14-16) While he describes "man"
as such, he is using this as a description of Job.
- Describes the bitter life of
the of the wicked man as he has observed (17) and what wise men from antiquity have stated (vs. 18) -- of course he is referring
to Job and the following is how Eliphaz sees Job:
- Wicked man writhes
with pain (20)
- In prosperity the destroyer comes upon him (21)
- The wicked doesn't believe he will return from the darkness. (22)
- Wanders about for bread, knowing death is nearby (23)
- Trouble and anguish
make him afraid (24)
- The wicked act defantly and stubbornly against God (25-26)
- Although the wicked has been prosperous, he will come to ruin (27-30)
- The wicked who trust in futile things, futility will be his reward ( 31-35)
by Pat Gates
I have heard many such things;
Miserable comforters are you all!
Shall words of wind have an
Or what provokes you that you answer?
I also could speak as you do,
If your soul were in my soul's
I could heap up words against you,
And shake my head at you;
But I would strengthen you with my mouth,
And the comfort of my lips would relieve your grief.
Here sits a man, broken in body and spirit. Job's
flesh is a disfigured mass of oozing pus, disgusting in sight and smell; a body of ultimate suffering that came from the
mind of Satan himself. This man sits in loneliness, grief, and spiritual confusion, awaiting a kind, comforting word, but
receives none. After hearing speech after speech about how he deserves the terrible trials of loss and suffering because of
his great sins, he's had enough and the men that surround him are reprimanded with, "I have heard many such things;
miserable comforters are you all!"
The term miserable comforters means comforters (using sarcasm
of course) who are troublesome and budensome. Instead of sympathy and comfort the three friends have only increased Job's
troubles and burdens by adding to the many depressing trials he has to put up with on a daily basis.
In Job's words, let's examine what made these three men "miserable comforters":
(1) They "comforted" with "words of wind."
Their words were like the wind, in that the wind can create much noise and cause great damage, but in reality it is just movement
of air for there is no substance to hang on to. These three men gave Job no understanding, no encouragement, and certainly
The tongue's power is greatly underestimated. It can bring life or death to the spirit of man (Proverbs
18:21). Our Lord admonishes us on just how important words are when He said, "By your words you will be justified, and
by your words you will be condemned." We are told in the verse before this one that we will give an account in the day
of judgment of every idle (useless) word we speak. (Matthew 12:36-37)
The tongue is a reflection of the heart,
"For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks," Matthew 12:34. While it is true that once in a while
what we are thinking does not come out right because we chose the wrong words, most of the time our tongue reveals our true
thoughts. These thoughts sometimes slip out of our mouth when they should have been kept under lock and key, while other times
the very words we speak have come out of thoughts that should never have been there to begin with. If we aren't careful to
use self-control in our thoughts and speech, our tongue can become a deadly weapon that may kill the spirit of all we come
in contact with.
♦ There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise
promotes health. Proverbs 12:18.
♦ A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the
spirit. Proverbs 15:4
Is silence golden? While a silent mouth is often a wise choice, it can also be the wrong choice
when pleasant words are needed to encourage and edify. If the tongue is not used properly because of fear or apathy, it becomes
a wasted talent "buried in the ground" (see Matthew 25:25-30). With a completely silent tongue, our souls are
no safer on the day of judgment than the tongues that are full of idle words.
(2) Heaped up words against
Job. Job 19:1-5 helps describes these "heaped up" words from the three friends:
♦ They tormented (grieved) Job's soul. 19:1
♦ They broke Job in pieces (crushed, destroyed him).
♦ They reproached (shamed, disgraced) Job over and over. 19:3
♦ They showed no shame for wronging
(injuring) Job. 19:3
♦ They can't prove any sin they have charged Job of. 19:4
♦ They magnified (in
pride) themselves against Job, wrongfully convicting him of disgrace. 19:5
Rather than comforting Job in his misery
the three men added more misery by tormenting Job's soul with wrong allegations and pridefully disgracing this good man, crushing
♦ "There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword." Proverbs 12:18
♦ "A fool has no delight in understanding but in expressing his own heart." Proverbs 18:2
When someone we know
needs comforting, do we:
♦ Speak truth in love?
♦ Remove the beam in our eye in order to see the
speck in their's?
♦ Have a forgiving spirit less we are tempted?
♦ Practice patience and kindness?
♦ Use self-control in our thoughts and speech?
♦ Examine our intention? Do we intend to comfort and help
or are we out to display our wisdom and knowledge and/or win an argument?
♦ Listen or are we so busy thinking of
what we are going to say next?
♦ Have a heart of vengeance or love?
(3) They shook their head at Job. The three men wagged their head which was
a sign of derision. This is what the people did to Jesus when he was on the cross. See Mark 15:29.
When we are comforting another and we don't like what they are saying, let's be careful of our outward gestures
that may bring more pain, than comfort:
♦ Rolling our eyes.
♦ Sighing heavily.
rolled up and wagging our head.
♦ Waving them off.
♦ Having an exasperated look with our head cocked
to the side.
♦ Keeping our face straight, eyebrows up, with a sarcastic air about us.
♦ Look away or
turn our back.
♦ Cover our ears.
♦ Walk away.
"The comfort of my lips would relieve your grief."
Job told the three men he could easily give
the same speeches as they gave; it doesn't take a great ability to heap up words against someone, especially when false
conclusions are being drawn. Job, however, said if his friends were in his place he would strengthen them with his mouth and
the comfort from his lips would relieve their grief. I would imagine Job had been a comforter in the past, but how much more
would he be now. He now understands what it means to truly suffer and what the needs of a sufferer are. If his three friends
were struck down as he was, he would not hurl accusations against them, but rather strengthen and comfort them.
him who is afflicted, kindness should be shown by his friend, even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty," Job
Words are indeed powerful and if our heart is pure and our thoughts controlled, we
can bring life and healing to those who are downcast.
♦ Anxiety in the heart
of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25
♦ Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. Proverbs 16:24
More Thoughts on
Before we move on to the next section of Job, I'd like to
continue with the thought of Job 16:2, "Miserable comforters are you all!" The following is taken from the:
Miserable Comforters fail
for lack of sympathy.
This thought is continually recurring in the course of the dramatic dialogue.
It is at the root of the whole controversy. All the elaborate argumentation of the three wise men is so much empty wind, because
they lack the first condition of consolation. We can never be reminded too often that sympathy is the first and absolute condition
of all mutual helpfulness. But how is it that well-meaning friends lack it? There can be but one answer. The enemy of sympathy
is selfishness. While we think much of ourselves, our own opinions, position, conduct, we must fail in sympathy, and our attempts
to help others must come to the ground without any good results.
In visiting the poor, nursing the sick, raising
the fallen, saving the lost, teaching children, sympathy is the primary requisite for success. Christ is the true Friend of
the suffering, because Christ sympathizes profoundly with all sufferings. We make a mistake when, like Job's comforters, we
try to console by offering advice. The sufferer wants not advice, but sympathy. Why should his misfortune give us a right
to pose as his counsellors? He is more fitted to be our teacher, for he has been to the best of schools, the school of affliction.
Miserable Comforters add to
the griefs which they vainly try to assuage.
Thus Rousseau writes, "Consolation indiscreetly pressed
upon us, when we are suffering under affliction, only serves to increase our pain and to render our grief more poignant."
The reasons for this are not difficult to discover.
1. Disappointment. We expect something better
from a friend. He should give us his sympathy, and if he fails to do so we feel ourselves to be unkindly treated, or at least
we miss a comfort for which we were looking.
2. Weariness. The sufferer wants quiet. The look and tear
of sympathy may console him, but many words are wearying to him. He is too full of his own sad thoughts to find room for the
ill-judged observations of untimely advisers.
3. Injustice. You cannot be just to a man without sympathy,
because you cannot understand him till you enter into his deeper feelings. But nothing is more distressing than unjust treatment.
Much of Job's greatest trouble came from this source.
We need Divine grace to
help us to be true comforters.
Perhaps we shrink from the task, seeing its difficulties. We would avoid the
house of mourning lest our bungling attempts at consolation should add to its sorrows. But this is not brotherly. The Christian
duty is to "weep with them that weep," Romans 12:15. To be true sympathizers we need to have self conquered by the
grace of Christ.
The following is an example of a self-focused friend
who visits the suffering one in the hospital.
"How are you, my dear? [Doesn't wait for response] How is your care at this
hospital? [Doesn't really want to know, but rather uses the question to lead into her hospital experience.] I was in the hospital
for a week and... [10 minutes later]. I know just what you are going through. I had a 2nd cousin with your problem and
I saw her before she died from it, and she looked very well up unto the end. I'm sure you'll be out of here in no time.
Now, now you shouldn't be crying. Christians should be happy and you need to pray and have faith. I must run along now."
Let's take another look at this conversation,
but in the light of one who is a thoughtful comforter:
"How are you, my dear? [There is silence as she
listens.] How is your care at this hospital? [She really wants to know if the patient is being well cared for and she remains
silent about her own experience.] I don't know what you are going through, but I know you have been having difficult days
and I'm sorry [if the patient says she is doing better than a comment is made about being thankful for the improvement]. I
had a 2nd cousin with your problem and I saw her before she died from it, and she looked very well up unto the end. I'm
sure you'll be out of here in no time. [This comment is completely deleted because thoughtfulness prompts hope in the sufferer
and does not take the opportunity to share bad news that doesn't need to be shared at the time.] It's OK to cry. [She proceeds
to give the patient a hug and allows the tears.] Let's pray together. [After giving the patient time to express herself and
seeing she has been strengthened she then says her good-byes as she doesn't want to overextend her visit. She never leaves
the patient more discouraged than when she arrived.] You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers and I'll check with
you in a couple of days to see how you are doing. [She keeps her promise.]
Which comforter would you prefer? Which one are you?
"Weep with those that weep" means to weep
for their problem
refreshing dews or summer showers,
To the long parching thirst of drooping flowers;
Grateful as fanning gales to
And soft as trickling balm to bleeding pains
Such are thy words.
"He Has Worn Me Out"
Job turns his attention from his "miserable
comforters" to God. He states in verse six that whether he speaks or remains quiet, his suffering isn't eased as
he stills receives no answers from God. In his ignorance, he begins to do the very thing he accuses his miserable comforters
of doing -- he misjudges God and accuses Him of great wrong.
Job complains about God's great mistreatment of him:
He has worn me out.
Job was worn out mentally, emotionally, and physically. He was tired of life and tired of listening
to his "miserable comforters." He longed for rest.
Have you ever reached the state of exhaustion
because of your trials? If so, this chapter will teach you to keep watch on your negative thoughts, being careful not to blame
made desolate all my company. (1:7)
His family 1:13 ♦ His servants 1:17 ♦ His kinsfolk and friends 19:13-19 ♦
Household servants 19:15 ♦ His wife 19:17 ♦ Young children
Loss of friends and family members come with the territory of ongoing suffering, but with Job's extreme physical condition,
comes extreme loss and loneliness. In our weariness let's remember not to blame God for man's rejection.
You have shriveled me up...my leanness rises up against me.(1:8)
Job's weight loss was
a witness of the great trials that had come upon him. (Again, looking at himself as being on trial.) I'm not sure if
Job had just lost a great deal of weight or if he was actually emaciated (fat and muscle loss) from the disease. If nausea
and a lack of appetite was a great problem, which I imagine it was, there is a possibility Job could have become emaciated
and looked skeleton-like. The loss of nutrients would contribute to weakness in strength as well as in his immune system's
ability to fight infection. His heart, bowels, kidneys and various organs may be affected for the lack of nutrients, adding
more symptoms to an already suffering man.
Emaciation, if this occurred in Job, is shocking in itself, not to mention
the boils that covered him. I've had loved ones in this state and the skeleton is distinguishable, with the arms and
legs not much wider than the bones themselves. It hurts to sit and, of course, there is great weakness. Even if Job had
not reached this state, he had lost enough weight that even without the boils, his leanness proved his great suffering.
He tears me in His wrath and hates me. He gnashes at me with His teeth.
My adversary sharpens His gaze on me.(1:9)
Job severely charges God with being his adversary or enemy. He
proclaims God hates him so much that out of His anger He is acting like a wild animal attacking his prey and that God
is looking into Job's life to find opportunity to strike.
How often do we hear of a suffering person lashing out
at God and feeling as if God is his/her enemy? Mankind seems to be tempted so easily to blame someone for their problems,
even if it's no one's fault. Again, Satan is forgotten in our troubles and we are tempted to place all blame on our heavenly
Father, who loves us and desires us to go to Him for comfort. If you think you'd never be tempted to get angry with God in
extreme suffering, you are ignorant of Satan's devices. Remember Job was a blameless man in God's eyes -- if such a man can
be tempted, so can we.
They gape at me with their mouth, they strike me
reproachfully on the cheek, they gather together against me. God has delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over to the
hands of the wicked. (1:10-11)
Job even charges God for the injustice and mistreatment he has received from
man, saying God delivered him to the ungodly and wicked. He has received no comfort from others, but rather astonishment for
his condition as they banded together against him, viewing his suffering as punishment for some great sin(s). The ungodly
has smote him on the cheek; was this literally or figuratively? Did they strike Job in anger at hearing Job's words? Either
way, literal or figuratively, Job felt the sting.
Most of us who are chronically ill have at some time have felt
the sting of mistreatment due to the misjudgment of others. Usually this comes in their misunderstanding of what they cannot
see, but here is Job with a disease that is disfiguring, obvious to others of his great suffering, but still he is mistreated
Have you ever had continual persecution (verbally or otherwise) from someone that had previously been
your friend? It is so painful and so tiring and we may be tempted to wonder why God does not come to our aid and stop this
person from hurting us. God will, in His time, take vengeance on our persecutor and that may not necessarily mean after judgment.
During our persecution He does command us to try as much as depends on us to live at peace with all men and not to be tempted
with avenging ourselves, "giving place to wrath." (Romans 12:18-19) This command takes a great deal of
stress off of us if we will obey it and be patient and wait on our God.
was at ease, but He has shattered me. :
He also has taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces.
He has set me
up for His target.
His archers surround me.
He pierces my heart and does not pity.
He pours out my gall on
He breaks me with wound upon wound.
He runs at me like a warrior. (1:12-14)
estimation, it was God who changed his life so drastically. Job views God like a giant shaking him to pieces. He sees himself
as a target with God's archers piercing him with arrows over and over again. And in a very sad judgment, misjudgment, Job
accuses God of having no pity. The misjudged is misjudging the God of love.
We hear Job say God does not pity
him and we are shocked, but does that thought ever come into our minds, but unlike Job we would never verbalize this out-loud
or even to ourselves? If the thought comes into our mind, even for a second, that God does not care about us or is not hearing
our prayer, whether we admit it or not, we are believing, even for that very moment, that God does not pity us. Let's be watchful
during stressful times and make sure our thinking is in line with God's true character.
Job overwhelmed with sorrow,
but remains confident of his innocence.
I have sewn sackcloth over
my skin, and laid my head in the dust.
My face is flushed from weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death. (16:15-16)
Job's outward sign of his great inward grief.
no violence is in my hands, and my prayer is pure.
O earth, do not cover my blood, and let my cry have no resting place.
Surely even now my witness is in heaven, and my evidence is on high. (16:17-19)
Job never wavers
from his statement of innocence (at least from the standpoint of being such a sinner as to be punished so severely, Job never
proclaimed he was a perfect man). Job's attitude should help us when we are tempted to give in to other's misjudgments of
us and begin to question ourselves as we so often do living with chronic illness.
Job did not want his innocent
blood to be covered as he was not afraid of examination as he was confident he did not deserve such punishment. If he could
plead his case before God, he knows God would be a witness of his innocence.
Job views his life as one that will
be brief and the "grave was ready" for him (17:1).
My friends scorn
me; my eyes pour out tears to God.
Oh, that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleads for his neighbor.
For when a few years are finished, I shall go the way of no return.
The Disease Satan Chose
complications of full-body boils)
by Pat Gates
Satan, the very essence of evil and the hater of mankind wants
Job to fail, to turn away from God in order to prove a point that Job only serves God because of his material blessings and
ease of life. In order for Satan to win his argument he must come up with a plan that would elicit enough pain to tempt Job
to turn from God. Killing all Job's children, killing the servants of Job (at least the field servants), and taking away
Job's possessions was a great start, but it failed; Job still trusted in God.
Satan then received permission
to "touch his bone and flesh" and now Satan had to come up with a disease that would ravage Job's flesh enough
to crush his spirit. Remember, this is God's adversary, as well as Job's adversary, choosing an affliction of such
magnitude that it would change the very core of Job's character. It had to be of such horror that it would completely
annihilate any faith that remained in Job's torturous soul. Satan's decision was made: boils.
exactly high drama and not what we would expect from such a despicable character as Satan. After all, it's just sores
covering his body; not that big a deal...or was it?
Let's take a closer look
at why Satan chose head to toe boils as the great temptation for Job to turn from his God. We will see the
reality of his situation and will be more capable of understanding why Job is in the state of mind he is and why
Satan chose this horrible torturous affliction.
ever had a boil? When I was a child I had one on my leg and at one point it was so painful to walk my dad carried me. They
get raised, hot, red and very tender to the touch. I don't understand how Job could sit or lay down as painful boils
covered his body; this means his backside as well. Job describes them as "gnawing pains that take no rest," Job
Have you ever had a cut get infected? You know the
pain and itching that is involved. The infection can affect your entire body, not just the surface area. Not long
ago I had an infection after surgery and I was very ill with fever, chills, extreme nausea, bad muscle
pain, and just an overall very sick feeling. My leg was red, swollen and hot. Most likely it was a staph infection (cellulitis)
-- the very bacteria that may also cause boils (boils are usually from streptococcus or Staphylococcus
aureus). I don't imagine Job sat there calmly scraping boils but at times may have been ravaged with the
symptoms of infection that made him very ill. Job 30:30 mentions his "bones burning with fever." He's either
talking about actual fever or his skin is hot and burning and that, most likely, would be cellulitis which produces fever.
Have you ever had a part of your body swell and cause disfiguration?
Job said, "By a great force my garment is distorted; It binds me about as the collar of my coat," Job 30:18. I'm
not sure but it sounds to me like the swelling of his body is distorting the shape of his clothes and is tight on him at places,
as the collar of his coat.
Have you lost a great deal of weight due to
illness or disease or have you known someone who has? I have seen people become so emaciated from illness that you can see
and feel the outline of their skeleton. It's as if their muscle just melted away. In Job 19:20, he mentions his bones
clinging to his flesh. What would cause such a great loss of weight in Job? Boils and infection in or around his mouth could
make eating painful. Nausea and vomiting from infection could contribute, as well as the infection itself stealing nutrients
from the body. Diarrhea could also have been a problem with Job. Because of the great stress on Job's body, the energy
demands of his body increases. Imagine how hard his immune system was working and the energy needed to combat a full-body
infection. Turning fat into energy requires a lot of work in the body, so in order to help save energy, the body may
go after protein to fuel its energy needs. Protein is much easier to convert than fat and the protein can help repair damaged
organs and to replace immune system cells lost during illness.
OK, now the gross one:
Have you ever had any type of rash, boil, incision, or cut ooze? Last year I had melanoma surgery
on my leg. Because of the depth of the incision, as well as a lymph node biopsy, both incisions oozed for a
month. Even having nice, clean sterile gauze as well as a clean environment, it was not only gross, but miserable. Job, on
the other hand, was oozing pus as well as normal body fluid, all over his body! He sat on an ash
heap, scraping. The ash would have stuck to him, making even more of a mess, as well as flies, gnats, maggots etc. In Job's
own words, "My flesh is clothed with worms and a crust of dirt, my skin hardens and runs" (Job 7:5).
the boils was a way to relieve pressure, but the scaping itself is very painful and the pus is contagious, which can lead
to more boils, as well as the chance of bacteria escaping into the bloodstream. The discharge is also contagious to others
so this may have further contributed to the fear and isolation of friends and family.
you ever had gangrene or been around someone who has? Or have you or someone you know had an illness that adversely affected
your sense of smell? Job mentions his "breath" being offensive to his wife and being "loathsome" to his
brothers (Job 19:17). Most likely his breath was bad from all the infection, possible dehydration and such. Using the term
"breath" may have meant his very being is offensive to his wife, but either way, most likely his odor was something
to contend with as the bacteria in the discharge of pus has an unpleasant smell.
Job mentions his skin turning
black and falling from him (30:30). Cellulitis can result in necrotizing tissue (death of tissue). As describe on an internet
site: The skin may look pale at first, but quickly becomes red or bronze and warm to the touch, and sometimes becomes
swollen. Later, the skin turns violet, often with the development of large fluid-filled blisters (bullae). The fluid from
these blisters is brown, watery, and sometimes foul smelling.
Areas of dead skin (gangrene) turn black. Some types
of infection, including those produced by Clostridia and mixed bacteria, produce gas. The gas creates bubbles under the skin
and sometimes in the blisters themselves, causing the skin to feel crackly when pressed. Initially the infected area is painful,
but as the skin dies, the nerves stop working and the area loses sensation.Along
with the torturous condition of his skin, Job probably dealt with fatigue and weakness, headaches, and other symptoms of dehydration
from fluid loss.
No one wanted to be around Job. He was the essence of
horror in sight and smell. A filthy, misshapen, oozing skeleton. He evoked fear in others (6:21). His brothers, acquaintances,
relatives, and intimate friends don't come to see him and they are as strangers to him. Those who live in his house and
his servants are strangers to him. Children mock him, associates abhor him, and those he loves turn against him. He is offensive
to his wife. (Job 19:13-19)
I don't believe any of us can imagine the horror of not only what Job looked like,
but the constant misery he was going through. These boils were a painful, itchy, hot, runny sticky mess. No wonder the friends
did not recognize him when they arrived! Satan knew what he was doing when he chose this affliction for Job; not only was
it continual torture to live with, but it would have repellent to others
In all this unimaginable suffering we
hear Job cry out in chapter 19:21, "Pity me, pity me, O you my friends!" Job felt completely alone. No comfort
from friends and family. No answers from God.
And we begin in chapter 17
with Job's words, "My spirit is broken, my days are extinguished. The grave is ready for me." With all the symptoms
mentioned above, Job could come to no other conclusion than he was nearing death.
My Spirit is Broken
Job is sure his days are coming to an end. In what he deems as his final days he must spend them with mockers who continually
17:3-6 Job, longing for vindication (16:18) now pleads
with God for a guarantee of such. For whatever reason, Job believes God has withheld understanding from the mockers who surrounded
him. He knows God will not exalt them and this holds true as is told at the end of the book. Although Job accuses God unfairly
at times, as he does in verse 6 when he accuses God of making him a byword among the people, he has confidence that God knows
17:6-9 Job was looked upon with such contempt from
others. When others heard of all Job lost and then saw such a vile, repugnant man, just a "shadow" of what he was,
they had no other thought but this is a terrible sinner who deserves no better treatment than to be spit upon. Can you imagine
this? Here we aren't suffering near as badly as this righteous man and if someone gives us the least bit of disbelief
or lack of understanding we get upset. Job had no one who cared, no one who pitied, no one to comfort his grief.
However, he knew when righteous men hear about him they will be astonished at not only his condition but at his treatment
from others. The righteous (I would think he is referring to himself as well) will remain firm and will only grow stronger.
Job has never allowed others to sway him into thinking he was at fault for what has happened to him. He knew he was righteous
(not sinless) and did not deserve such punishment as others thought he did.
Job sarcastically invites all to come back again and to give "wisdom" another shot. He knows wisdom does not exist
17:11-16 As death draws near (in Job's mind), his purpose
in life has been broken off. His desires and dreams go unfulfilled. He awaits the grave, without hope.