Job began his reply to Eliphaz with a defense of his complaint. Well-fed animals do not cry out for food without a reason, but they remain content. His words had been harsh because the pain of his misery was so great. He longed for the relief of comforting death from a life that had no hope.
True friends should show love, kindness and comfort to their suffering comrades. Eliphaz had been a disappointment to Job. Like winter streams that disappear in the summer when they are needed, his friend’s words had hurt him instead of easing his mind.
When one is accused of a wrong, he deserves to be informed of the nature of his offence. Job sought an explanation for the sin of which Eliphaz had accused him. If none could be presented, Job asked for a concession of his righteousness.
After replying to Eliphaz, Job turned to speak to God. His was not a prayer of thanksgiving, but a lament and question of why. He felt that his faithfulness deserved a reward as the hired servant desires rest and refreshment at night and looks for his pay. Nights were long and filled with scary dreams. There were no antiseptic lotions or creams to soothe his scabbed worm infested flesh. In those days, the worms may have been literal or figurative. However, his death would be a welcome blessing.
Job asked God for an explanation of his sin, if he had sinned; why He had allowed him to suffer and would there be a pardon for whatever his transgression had been.