J O B
This chapter is Job's answer to Bildad's discourse
in the foregoing chapter. Though his spirit was grieved and much
heated, and Bildad was very peevish, yet he gave him leave to say
all he designed to say, and did not break in upon him in the midst
of his argument; but, when he had done, he gave him a fair answer,
in which, I. He complains of unkind usage. And very unkindly he
takes it. 1. That his comforters added to his affliction, ver. 2-7. 2. That his God was the
author of his affliction, ver.
8-12. 3. That his relations and friends were strange to
him, and shy of him, in his affliction, ver. 20-22. II. He comforts himself with
the believing hopes of happiness in the other world, though he had
so little comfort in this, making a very solemn confession of his
faith, with a desire that it might be recorded as an evidence of
his sincerity, ver.
23-27. III. He concludes with a caution to his friends
not to persist in their hard censures of him, ver. 28, 29. If the remonstrance Job here
makes of his grievances may serve sometimes to justify our
complaints, yet his cheerful views of the future state, at the same
time, may shame us Christians, and may serve to silence our
complaints, or at least to balance them.