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FRAMEWORKS: Job 16: Job (5) Part 1 of 2: Worn out but remaining true


[Preliminary Comments: Eliphaz hasn't been able to satisfy Job and so Job comes back at all of them, calling them ‘miserable comforters' [v.2] and says he could speak similarly except he would bring encouragement and comfort [v.5]. Yet he doesn't feel like doing that because he is too worn out by what has happened to him [v.7-9] and it feels like he's been thrown to the ungodly mockers [v.10,11] that just makes him feel, as their target, hurt and crushed [v.12-14]. Although he feels utterly wrung out, he still wants to try to remain true [v.15-17]. All he knows of God makes him feel that he has an advocate who will speak up for him in heaven [v.19-21]. A remarkable faith assertion.]



v.1-5 I could speak like you but I would bring encouragement


v.1  Then Job replied

v.2  “I have heard many things like these; you are miserable comforters, all of you! 

v.3  Will your long-winded speeches never end? What ails you that you keep on arguing? 

v.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. 

v.5  But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief. 


v.6-14 But God has worn me out allowing the ungodly to come against me


v.6  “Yet if I speak, my pain is not relieved; and if I refrain, it does not go away. 

v.7  Surely, God, you have worn me out; you have devastated my entire household. 

v.8  You have shrivelled me up—and it has become a witness; my gauntness rises up and testifies against me. 

v.9  God assails me and tears me in his anger and gnashes his teeth at me; my opponent fastens on me his piercing eyes. 

v.10  People open their mouths to jeer at me; they strike my cheek in scorn and unite together against me. 

v.11  God has turned me over to the ungodly and thrown me into the clutches of the wicked. 

v.12  All was well with me, but he shattered me; he seized me by the neck and crushed me. He has made me his target; 

v.13  his archers surround me. Without pity, he pierces my kidneys and spills my gall on the ground. 

v.14  Again and again he bursts upon me; he rushes at me like a warrior. 


v.15-18 Although in anguish I seek to remain pure


v.15  “I have sewed sackcloth over my skin and buried my brow in the dust. 

v.16  My face is red with weeping, dark shadows ring my eyes; 

v.17  yet my hands have been free of violence and my prayer is pure. 

v.18  “Earth, do not cover my blood; may my cry never be laid to rest! 


v.19-22 Yet I have an Advocate in heaven


v.19  Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high

v.20  My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; 

v.21  on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend. 

v.22  “Only a few years will pass before I take the path of no return.



[Concluding Comments: In the midst of his darkness, somehow, something, in Job stirs a ray of hope that the love and justice of God (assumed) means there is one in heaven who will speak up for him. The next of these glimmers of hope come in 19:25]


So, a reminder, what has Job been saying in this chapter? He

•  doesn't want to be discouraging like they have been [v.1-5],

•  but he just feels absolutely worn out and it's from God [v.6-14],

•  yet he still wants to remain pure [v.15-18]

•  and something in him says he has an advocate in heaven [v.19-22]

To sum up: Perseverance, Persistence & Faith!]



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