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					Sunday School Lesson Notes                                                              The Calvary Class
The Book of Job: Study #52                                                                Santiago R. Lopez

                                 Miserable Comforters
                                 16:2, “I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.”

                                 Verses Covered: Job 16:1-6
                                 16:1-2, “Then Job answered and said, I have heard many
                                 such things: miserable comforters are ye all.”

                                     • Job answered after Eliphaz condemns Job for
        being wicked, Job has a chance to defend himself
    •   Said after being severely condemned by his friend, Job remained calm and did not
        lose his temper
    •   Many such things those obvious things Eliphaz mentioned in chapter 15 (i.e. the
        wicked man suffers for his wickedness)
    •   Miserable this is closely connected with wretchedness and worthlessness
        (Revelation 3:17)
    •   Miserable comforters this is Job’s review of his friend’s initial plan (Job 2:11)
            o Job also called them forgers of lies and physicians of no value (Job 13:4)
                and later mentions their comfort is vain (Job 21:34)
16:3, “Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?”

    • Vain words the words Eliphaz just finished speaking
            o This is a direct reference to what Eliphaz said in Job 15:2
            o If Eliphaz was wise, why is he uttering vain knowledge?
    •   Have an end? For Job, the answer is no
            o He has several more chapters of similar condemnation from his friends
    •   Emboldeneth this means “to gain confidence or strength” (I Corinthians 8:10)
            o It is related to the common word “bold”
    •   That thou answerest? When Job ended his speech in chapters 12-14, he was
        basically asking the Lord, “I don’t know what sin I have in my life that would
        deserve this type of punishment, so why am I suffering?”
            o Eliphaz attempted to answer (Job 15:1)
            o Here, Job is appalled that Eliphaz had the boldness to even attempt to
                answer his question

16:4, “I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up
words against you, and shake mine head at you.”

    • As ye do Job had the knowledge his friends had (Job 12:3)
    • Stead this means “place or position” (Genesis 22:13 and 36:33)
            o It is related to the common word “instead” meaning “in the place of”
    • Heap this means “a pile” (Exodus 8:13-14 and Nehemiah 4:2)

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The Book of Job: Study #52                                        Miserable Comforters
    • Shake mine head this is a bodily expression of disgust and scorn (Psalm 22:7)
           o It is the same as “wagging the head” (Matthew 27:39)
    •   Job is saying if the roles were reversed, and his friends were suffering instead of
        Job, then it would be easy for Job to falsely condemn his suffering friends

16:5, “But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should
asswage your grief.”

    • But although Job said it would be easy for him to condemn his friends, he would
        not take the easy way out
    •   Strengthen you with my mouth…moving of my lips Job would encourage his
        friends, just as his friends intended to do, but failed
    •   Asswage this means “to lessen or reduce” (Genesis 8:1)
            o In today’s language, it is spelled “assuage”
    •    True comforters should lessen or reduce the grief suffered by a friend

16:6, “Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased?”

    • Though I speak Job’s prayers directed to the Lord or his speeches to his friends
    • My grief it was a great burden his friends could not understand
    • Forbear this means “to refuse or stop doing a particular action” (I Kings 22:6 and
        Ezekiel 2:5)
    •   Though I forbear, what am I eased? whether or not Job speaks and reasons with
        his friends, he is not consoled
            o Complaining and arguing does no good during hardships


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