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2 Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!

3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.

How fail and feeble we realise we are when ill-fortune comes as it inevitably will (5:7). 

Without Yahweh's blessings and protection we are liable to all the dangers and calamities that can befall the animal nature. But sorrow and suffering will come to all. The elect have the consolation that in their case it is divinely guided to bring forth perfection of character.

4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of Eloah do set themselves in array against me.


His complaints are not against God's overall justice, but against His seeming injustice in the affairs of this life -- especially that one who tried so hard to obey should be picked out for the most terrible of afflictions, while all men gloated, and the wicked were at ease. Job knew that at last all would be righted, but why this special, dreadful, unprovoked affliction of a righteous and faithful man?

Bro Growcott - Doth Job fear God for nought?

9 Even that it would please Eloah to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!

He didn't understand that the righteous must suffer for the perfection of their character

Job speaking words without knowledge as he concedes when he comes to a fuller understanding that all things work together for good for the elect (42:3). 

Then he understood exaltation to the immortal state is the reward of patience in faith under the pressure of fiery trial bringing forth a character reflecting the divine attributes of the Yahweh name...

'And Yahweh passed by before him, and proclaimed, Yahweh, Yahweh Elohim, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth', (Ex 34:6).