Dec. 15. Job Replies to Eliphaz and Prays

Job 16:1-17:16

Job bluntly replied to Eliphaz with his own harsh words. He had expected comfort from his friends, but instead had received condemnation. Jesus commanded, “Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Mt. 7:12) Job expressed that same sentiment as he spoke to Eliphaz. He stated that if Eliphaz had been in his position, he could have spoken against him, but he would have strengthened and comforted him instead. Job was worn out. Nothing he said helped and to remain silent brought no ease either. His body even spoke against him by revealing the torment that seemed to be evidence of a sinful man’s punishment. However, Job knew that his conscience was clean and he was confident that God also knew of his innocence.

Most people have a sympathetic feeling for those who are near death. Job felt that the end was near for him, but instead of sympathy, his friends were heaping mockery upon him. In prayer to God, Job lamented that his life was over and his only future was a bed in the darkness of the grave.