Job’s justification of the purity of his integrity was meaningless to the comforters because they felt the proof was in the pudding. They regarded his trauma, bitter experience, unsightliness, and seeming complaining as evidences of his guilt. Concluding that indeed he must have done something wrong to merit such afflictions, they felt that his utterances were added proof of his guilt. In their minds, he deserved his sufferings, and they wanted to say, “Job, wake up to your situation.” How exasperating for Job! He could have done much better without their “comforting” and wished they would leave.
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Job’s experiences and the remarks of the three were like poison-tipped arrows that pierced him. To a certain extent, he was blaming God for permitting the experiences. Job was feeling a great loss and weakness, and as he meditated on his woeful condition, or estate, it got worse and worse. Later chapters provide details of the “terrors of God” that Job had experienced during the seven days of silence. In addition to his not eating or drinking for that period of time, all kinds of thoughts went through his mind and spirit.
At this point, Eliphaz was speaking a little tentatively and carefully, but as time went on, he (and the others) spoke more boldly. Certainly they were anything but comforters. At this point, the three were very perplexed about Job’s situation. They were trying to sort out his circumstance in their minds and to reconcile what was happening to him. It was as if their culture was winning out in spite of their wisdom. Those who are really wise weigh matters carefully and detach themselves as far as possible from their training, for they want to give the right counsel. The three were speaking tentatively now, rather than dogmatically.