Job 16

Comforters

1 Then Job replied:

2 “I have heard many things like these;
you are miserable comforters, all of you!
3 Will your long-winded speeches never end?
What ails you that you keep on arguing?
4 I also could speak like you,
if you were in my place;
I could make fine speeches against you
and shake my head at you.
5 But my mouth would encourage you;
comfort from my lips would bring you relief.

 

19 Even now my witness is in heaven;
my advocate is on high.
20 My intercessor is my friend
as my eyes pour out tears to God;
21 on behalf of a man he pleads with God
as one pleads for a friend.

 

From the beginning of this chapter, we can surmise a few lessons.

1. When a person is in trouble/difficulty, don’t offer to talk to him/her unless you are willing to provide comfort

2. Don’t talk for the sake of talking with long winded speeches

3. Don’t be judgmental

4. We should instead encourage and bring relief to a friend in trouble

 

Job still remained faithful to God. He still claims his innocence to God and will not allow himself to be judged by mankind. His intercessor, friend, and advocate is still God. In times of trouble, whose opinion matters to you the most? To whom shall you call upon?

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