Job 6:14-23 Job’s Complaint – Part II.

Job utters/writes a simple truth: “To him who is afflicted, kindness should be shown by his friend, even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty.” (14) In other words, even those outside the covenant know this (cf. Prov. 17:17). Instead, Eliphaz, and later his other ‘friends’ suggest that Job could only be so afflicted because he had sins unrepentant of. These men were ‘brothers’ in the covenant (15). They are like one’s need for water, but it is either frozen over in winter, or evaporated in summer (16-17). Their ways condemn one to perish (18). Again, those with whom Job once conducted business with, are confused about his current state, but his ‘brothers’ are sure they know the cause (19-21). His business associates are confused because they knew Job as a man of integrity, who never accepted bribes, or even ‘protection’ money (22-23). Something more must be going on.

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