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Eliphaz Vigorously Attacks Job
Job 15

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)
    • Charges 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 you." (5,6)
    • Accuses Job of being lifted up with the prideful thought that Job was wiser than the the ancients and the aged. (7-13)
    • Proclaims 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)

Pat Gates

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"Miserable  Comforters"

by Pat Gates

Job 16:1-5

I have heard many such things;
Miserable comforters are you all!
Shall words of wind have an end?
Or what provokes you that you answer?
I also could speak as you do,
If your soul were in my soul's place.
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
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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 no comfort.

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). 19:1
♦ 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 his spirit. 

♦ "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.
♦ Eyes 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.

"To him who is afflicted, kindness should be shown by his friend, even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty," Job 6:14.


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



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More Thoughts on
"Miserable Comforters"

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: Pulpit Commentary

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

Sweet as refreshing dews or summer showers,
To the long parching thirst of drooping flowers;
Grateful as fanning gales to fainting swains
And soft as trickling balm to bleeding pains
Such are thy words.
     
        -
John Gay

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"He Has Worn Me Out"
(Job 16:6-22)

Pat Gates

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. (16:7)
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 God.

You have 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 greatly.

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.

I 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 the ground.
He breaks me with wound upon wound.
He runs at me like a warrior. (1:12-14)
In Job's 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.

Although 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.

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The Disease Satan Chose
(the horrifying 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.

Boils...not 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.

Have you 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 30:17.

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).

Scaping 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.

Have 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.

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My Spirit is Broken
(Chapter 17)

17:1-2  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 provoke him.

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 his innocence.

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.

17:10  Job sarcastically invites all to come back again and to give "wisdom" another shot. He knows wisdom does not exist in them.

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.