Job pours out the depth of his pain. He is emaciated and nearly blind. His friends are hostile. They hope to gain a reward for supposedly defending God.
the grave is ready for me. Experts say that as people approach their own death, they will experience a time of depression.
This is normal. It is almost a necessary step.
If you accompany someone toward their own death, you can expect they will become depressed.
there are mockers with me. Job’s friends are mocking him.
their provocation. The words of his “friends” are hostile. They sting.
Job cannot direct his attention elsewhere.
VERSE 3. “Now give a pledge, be collateral for me with yourself. Who is there who will strike hands with me?
hidden their heart from understanding. Job’s “friends” lack understanding. They lack empathy.
They are utterly unable to provide comfort to a person who is suffering.
denounces his friends for plunder. Job’s “friends” attacked him, selfishly hoping to gain some personal reward for supposedly defending God.
They spit in my face. This is the most insulting, abhorrent act.
my members are as a shadow. That is, Job is emaciated.
VERSE 8. Upright men shall be astonished at this. The innocent shall stir up himself against the godless.
VERSE 9. Yet shall the righteous hold on his way. He who has clean hands shall grow stronger and stronger.
I shall not find a wise man among you. Job realizes his “friends” are ignorant fools.
VERSE 11. My days are past, my plans are broken off, as are the thoughts of my heart.
VERSE 12. They change the night into day, saying ‘The light is near’ in the presence of darkness.
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VERSE 14. If I have said to corruption, ‘You are my father;’ to the worm, ‘My mother,’ and ‘my sister;’
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