I’m reading Eliphaz’s second accusation against Job today and am struck with how harshly he “comforts” Job.  It’s no surprise that the first thing Job says in response is: Job 16:1-2 (HCSB)

 Then Job answered:
 I have heard many things like these.
You are all miserable comforters.

     How is Eliphaz a miserable comforter let me count the ways:
     Insist that Job’s claims of innocence are proof of his sin: Job 15:5 (HCSB)  Your iniquity teaches you what to say, and you choose the language of the crafty.

     Insist that Job is full of sin which is why God is punishing him: Job 15:15-16 (HCSB)
If God puts no trust in His holy ones
and the heavens are not pure in His sight,
 how much less one who is revolting and corrupt,
who drinks injustice like water?

     Insist that disaster is proof that Job is opposing God: Job 15:25 (HCSB)
For he has stretched out his hand against God
and has arrogantly opposed the Almighty.

     Insist that Job has no children because he is among the “company of the godless” but use the third person so he can’t really respond to your accusation: Job 15:34 (HCSB)
For the company of the godless will have no children,
and fire will consume the tents of those who offer bribes.

     Sad to say but we often use variations of these same arguments to attempt to justify God when something bad happens to someone.  God never seems bothered by our worries about his character, or by what people think of him.
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