Dave Burnette's Commentary

Job Chapter 16

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's Second Discussion (v 1-22)

Job 16 Commentary

(16:1) Miserable Comforters - Job's friends were supposed to be comforting him in his grief. Instead, they condemned him for causing his own suffering. Job began his reply to Eliphaz by calling him and his friends "miserable comforters." Job's words reveal several ways to become a better comforter to those in pain: (1) Don't talk just for the sake of talking; (2) don't sermonize by giving pat answers; (3) don't accuse or criticize; (4) put yourself in the other person's place; and (5) offer help and encouragement. Try Job's suggestions, knowing that they were made by a person who needed great comfort. The best comforters are those who know something about personal suffering (see 2

Corinthians 1:3-7).

(16:19) A Witness - Job was afraid that God had abandoned him. Yet he appealed directly to God (his witness and advocate) and to God's knowledge of his innocence. A witness is someone who has seen what has happened, and a record can be consulted to prove the facts. By using these terms, Job showed that he had cast all his hope for any fair defense upon God in heaven because he would probably die before he got one on earth. In the New Testament we learn that Jesus Christ intercedes effectively on our behalf (Hebrews 7.25; 1 John 2:1); therefore, we have nothing to fear.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

A Miserable Comforter

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 16. In our text today we see Job replying to the words of his friends calling them "miserable comforters" as they offered no comfort in their words as they didn't even listen to Job but rather gave their opinion on what they felt Job had done to cause such pain in his life. In making application we see that we too can be miserable comforters to our brothers and sisters in need by not listening to their words, encouraging them, having compassion, and placing ourselves in their situation. The most important thing in my life in times of need is simply having someone be there and praying for me. How about you? Are you a miserable comforter to those we face in need. Let us learn from our text today and the poor example of Job's friends to insure that we encourage others in their time of need and not be a miserable comforter. 


Job 16

Job 16

 1Then Job answered and said,

 2I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.

 3Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?

 4I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.

 5But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.

 6Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased?

 7But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate all my company.

 8And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me: and my leanness rising up in me beareth witness to my face.

 9He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me.

 10They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.

 11God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked.

 12I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark.

 13His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground.

 14He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant.

 15I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust.

 16My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;

 17Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure.

 18O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place.

 19Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.

 20My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.

 21O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!

 22When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return.