MISERABLE: "Wearisome" (RV mg). Job's friends continue
to propound same old theory. "I must reflect on how many times I too have been a
miserable comforter. What is that makes us think we have the freedom to judge
others according to their sins, when we are equally sinful but we can't see it?
This is clearly wrong and yet we do it all the time. Perhaps our reflections on
Job's situation and suffering at the hands of his friends will make us stop and
I COULD MAKE FINE SPEECHES AGAINST YOU: As Eliphaz's
maxims (Job 15:20-35).
AND SHAKE MY HEAD AT YOU: Astonishment,
Job is estranged from his former friends.
IT HAS BECOME A WITNESS AGAINST ME: That is, "it is
interpreted as a witness against me."
Job's former friends rush to support what they perceive to be
MY GALL: "My life blood".
OVER MY SKIN: Or, "on my skin" (AV). Figuratively, so
that it can never be removed. Cp Gen 37:34; 2Ki 6:30.
BURIED MY BROW IN THE DUST: Lit, "my horn" -- sym of
power, authority: 1Sa 2:1; Psa 89:17,24; 92:10; 75:4,5. Job's power of former
days is laid low.