Dave Burnette's Commentary

Job Chapter 6

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Unknown, possibly Job, Moses, Solomon, and Elihu
Date Penned: (2000-1800 BC)
Overview: Faith in God's Sovereignty Through Trials (c 1-42)
Theme: Three Friends Answer Job (c 3-31)
Message: Job Speaks (v 1-30)

Job 6 Commentary

(6:1-7) Job's Reply - Job's reply to Eliphaz had three key points: (1) You are giving me all this advice without sympathizing with my situation. (2) Your criticisms are not based on fact but only on your own experience. (3) You still have not answered my basic question: Why am I suffering like this? Although Job could not understand why he was going through this extreme suffering, he was determined to remain true to God while seeking an answer (6:10).

(6:4-5) Satan's Strategy - Job miserably lamented, 'The arrows of the Almighty are within me." He knew of God's power and rule over creation, so he felt that God had targeted him for suffering. When we respond this way to suffering, we serve Satan's strategy. As the enemy of God and his people (Genesis 3114-15; 1 Peter 5:8-9), Satan delights when we become afraid of God and resent him. Being absorbed with pain and grief makes living and trusting God very difficult. God does not target good people to suffer. Much of suffering comes from natural disasters, accidents due to free will, disease in a fallen world, or sinful people who hurt others or themselves (by addiction or neglect). When Satan makes us feel singled out or we become preoccupied with the Why me? question, his strategy to stifle our relationships with God is working. We must not doubt in the dark times of trial what God has taught us in the light.

(6:6-7) Bad Council - Job said that Eliphaz's advice was like eating the tasteless white of an egg. When people are going through severe trials, ill-advised counsel tastes bad. They may listen politely, but inside they are probably upset. Be slow to give advice to those who are hurting. They often need compassion more than they need advice.

(6:8-9) Job Wants To Die - In his grief, Job wanted to give in, to be freed from his discomfort, and to die. But God did not grant Job's request. He had a greater plan for him. Our tendency, like Job's, is to want to give up and get out when the going gets rough. To trust God in the good times is commendable, but to trust him during the difficult times tests us to our limits and exercises our faith. In your struggles, large or small, trust that God is in control and that he will take care of vou (Romans 8:28).

(6:20-30) Job Defends Himself - Job referred to his own righteousness, not because he was sinless, but because he had a right relationship with God. He was not guilty of the sins his friends accused him of (see Job 31 for his summary of the life he had led). Righteousness is not the same as sinlessness. Job was not claiming to be sinless--free from all wrong thoughts and actions (7:20-21; 9:20). No one but Jesus Christ has ever been sinless. Even Job needed to make some changes in his attitude toward God, as we will see by the end of the book. Nevertheless, Job was righteous and blameless, a person of integrity (1:8). He carefully obeyed God to the best of his ability in all aspects of his life.

Dave Burnette's Life Application


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Job with Chapter 6. In our text today we see Job speak and address the critical unfounded words of Eliphaz. Job said his advice what like eating the whites of an egg, "tasteless". In making application we see that ill-advised counsel is just as tasteless. Be Quick to give Compassion but be slow to give advice to those who are hurting. A wise man once said," folks will listen to what you know - when they know how much you care" How about you? Are you quick to criticize others in their time of need? Let us learn from our text today and the life of Job to quick to give compassion and slow to give tasteless advice.  


Job 6

Job 6

 1But Job answered and said,

 2Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!

 3For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.

 4For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.

 5Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?

 6Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

 7The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.

 8Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant me the thing that I long for!

 9Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

 10Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One.

 11What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my life?

 12Is my strength the strength of stones? or is my flesh of brass?

 13Is not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?

 14To him that is afflicted pity should be shewed from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.

 15My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, and as the stream of brooks they pass away;

 16Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid:

 17What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place.

 18The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.

 19The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them.

 20They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed.

 21For now ye are nothing; ye see my casting down, and are afraid.

 22Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance?

 23Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty?

 24Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.

 25How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?

 26Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, which are as wind?

 27Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your friend.

 28Now therefore be content, look upon me; for it is evident unto you if I lie.

 29Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it.

 30Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?