Verse 4 – Job felt as though he was under God’s personal attack. God is often portrayed as the divine warrior whose arrows shatter the enemy. Job felt as if he was becoming God’s enemy.
Verses 6, 7 – Job said Eliphaz’s advice was like eating the tasteless white of an egg. We should be slow to give advice to those who are hurting. They often need compassion more than advice.
Verses 8, 9 – Job wanted to give in and die. However, God didn’t grant Job’s request. Our tendency, like Job, is to give up and quit, but God had a greater plan. To trust God in only the good times never exercises our faith in Him. Remember Romans 8:28–“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Verse 19 – The oasis of Tema served as a trade center in northwestern Arabia.
Verse 21 – Seeing how severe Job’s condition was, his friends were afraid to get too close for fear of God’s judgment coming on them.
Verses 24-26 – The Hebrew word behind “what I did wrong” is “shagah.” It speaks of unintentional sin. Job’s friends had not yet disproved his claim of innocence, they had only dismissed it.
Verse 27 – Job compared his friends to merciless creditors who would take an orphan or sell a friend into slavery in payment for a debt.
Verses 29, 30 – Job referred to his own integrity, 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.