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A Chinese proverb says, “Never speak unless you are improving on the silence.” Job’s so-called “friends” would have been much better at being quiet those seven days, than in speaking their hurtful words. Presence in silent love with one in grief releases more power than words.
However, silence it not enough for Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar. As you read their speeches, do so with the discerning heart that the Spirit will give. Their words are tempting fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Many of the verses are true and beautifully expressed in the dance of poetry that abounds in this book. However, it is not the whole truth, and nothing but the whole truth will do; anything less is a lie.
The friends become part of Job’s problem, instead of part of his solution. Be aware of the power of your silent presence.
What are these?
Committing my cause to God 5:8
The Lord lifting the lowly 5:11
Mourners being safe in You 5:11
The healing hands of the Lord 5:18
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