Job 16:2
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New International Version
"I have heard many things like these; you are miserable comforters, all of you!

New Living Translation
"I have heard all this before. What miserable comforters you are!

English Standard Version
“I have heard many such things; miserable comforters are you all.

New American Standard Bible
"I have heard many such things; Sorry comforters are you all.

King James Bible
I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.

Christian Standard Bible
I have heard many things like these. You are all miserable comforters.

Contemporary English Version
I have often heard this, and it offers no comfort.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have heard many things like these. You are all miserable comforters.

International Standard Version
"I've heard many things like this. What miserable comforters you all are!

NET Bible
"I have heard many things like these before. What miserable comforters are you all!

New Heart English Bible
"I have heard many such things. You are all miserable comforters.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I have heard many things like this before. You are all pathetic at comforting me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have heard many such things; Sorry comforters are ye all.

New American Standard 1977
“I have heard many such things; Sorry comforters are you all.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Many times I have heard such things; miserable comforters are ye all.

King James 2000 Bible
I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are you all.

American King James Version
I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are you all.

American Standard Version
I have heard many such things: Miserable comforters are ye all.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have often heard such things as these: you are all troublesome comforters.

Darby Bible Translation
I have heard many such things: grievous comforters are ye all.

English Revised Version
I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.

World English Bible
"I have heard many such things. You are all miserable comforters!

Young's Literal Translation
I have heard many such things, Miserable comforters are ye all.
(2) I have heard many such things.--Trite rather than true, or at least the whole truth.

"Common is the common-place,

And vacant chaff well meant for grain."

I have heard many such things,.... As those Eliphaz has been discoursing of, concerning the punishment of wicked men; many instances of this kind had been reported to him from his preceptors, and from his parents, and which they had had from theirs, as well as Eliphaz had from his; and he had heard these things, or such like, told "many times" from one to another, as Ben Gersom interprets it; or "frequently", as the Vulgate Latin version, yea, he had heard them his friends say many things of this kind; so that there was nothing new delivered, nothing but what was "crambe millies cocta", the same thing over and over again; insomuch that it was not only needless and useless, but nauseous and disagreeable, and was far from carrying any conviction with it, or tracing weight and influence upon him; that he only gave it the hearing, and that was all, and scarce with any patience, it being altogether inapplicable to him: that wicked men were punished for their sins, he did not deny; and that good men were also afflicted, was a very plain case; and that neither good nor hatred, or an interest in the favour of God or not, were not known by these things; nor could any such conclusion be fairly drawn, that because Job was afflicted, that therefore he was a bad man:

miserable comforters are ye all; his friends came to comfort him, and no doubt were sincere in their intentions; they took methods, as they thought, proper to answer such an end; and were so sanguine as to think their consolations were the consolations of God, according to his will; and bore hard upon Job for seeming to slight them, Job 15:11; to which Job here may have respect; but they were so far from administering divine consolation, that they were none at all, and worse than none; instead of yielding comfort, what they said added to his trouble and affliction; they were, as it may be rendered, "comforters of trouble", or "troublesome comforters" (k), which is what rhetoricians call an oxymoron; what they said, instead of relieving him, laid weights and heavy pressures upon him he could not bear; by suggesting his afflictions were for some enormous crime and secret sin that he lived in the commission of; and that he was no other than an hypocrite: and unless he repented and reformed, he could not expect it would be better with him; and this was the sentiment of them one and all: so to persons under a sense of sin, and distressed about the salvation of their souls, legal preachers are miserable comforters, who send them to a convicting, condemning, and cursing law, for relief; to their duties of obedience to it for peace, pardon, and acceptance with God; who decry the grace of God in man's salvation, and cry up the works of men; who lay aside the person, blood, and righteousness of Christ, the consolation of Israel, and leave out the Spirit of God the Comforter in their discourses; and indeed all that can be said, or directed to, besides the consolation that springs from God by Christ, through the application of the Spirit, signifies nothing; for if any comfort could be had from any other, he would not be, as he is called, the God of all comfort; all the creatures and creature enjoyments, even the best are broken cisterns, and like the deceitful brooks Job compares his friends to, Job 6:15, that disappoint when any expectations of comfort are raised upon them.

(k) "consolatores molestiae", Vatablus, Drusius, Mercerus, Cocceius, Schmidt, Michaelis; "molesti", Beza, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Codurcus, Tigurine version; "molestissimi", Schultens. 2. (Job 13:4).16:1-5 Eliphaz had represented Job's discourses as unprofitable, and nothing to the purpose; Job here gives his the same character. Those who pass censures, must expect to have them retorted; it is easy, it is endless, but what good does it do? Angry answers stir up men's passions, but never convince their judgments, nor set truth in a clear light. What Job says of his friends is true of all creatures, in comparison with God; one time or other we shall be made to see and own that miserable comforters are they all. When under convictions of sin, terrors of conscience, or the arrests of death, only the blessed Spirit can comfort effectually; all others, without him, do it miserably, and to no purpose. Whatever our brethren's sorrows are, we ought by sympathy to make them our own; they may soon be so.
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