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    Job's comforter



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    Re: Job's comforter

    Job is a biblical figure.
    Satan thought Job's affection for God is not Genuine.
    To prove that the opposite was true, God tested Job, whom he put through bitter physical anguish.

    Although Job was a man of great virtues, the four friends of his who visited him said he was actually a sinner, which was the reason for God putting him to much trouble.
    They expressed false sympathy and were insinuating rebukes to him.

    I would say Job's comforter is somebody who pretends to be a friend, therefore is a false friend.

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    Hi,
    In my experience the expression of 'Job's comforter' is someone who provides support for someone going through trying times.

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    Re: Job's comforter

    Apparently, a Job's comforter isn't much of a comforter. (I guessed on that one, and I got it wrong. The expression is, perhaps, used more in the UK than in the USA. (I had never heard it before.).)

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    The story behind this idiom is interesting.
    Job's comforter: Definition from Answers.com

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    Re: Job's comforter

    Thanks for adding another idiom to my vocabulary.

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    Re: Job's comforter

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Job is a biblical figure.
    Satan thought Job's affection for God is not Genuine.
    To prove that the opposite was true, God tested Job, whom he put through bitter physical anguish.

    Although Job was a man of great virtues, the four friends of his who visited him said he was actually a sinner, which was the reason for God putting him to much trouble.
    They expressed false sympathy and were insinuating rebukes to him.

    I would say Job's comforter is somebody who pretends to be a friend, therefore is a false friend.

    Svartnik
    First I must say I agree that the comforters are false. But it would be inaccurate to say that God tested Job because the narrative states that God allowed Satan to put Job under trial. This book further states at James 1:13, that God cannot be tested by evil nor will he test man by evil. So you are correct that the comforters are of no comfort, but the tests do not originate with God, but with Satan as directly stated.


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    Hi,

    Job's comforter:Someone whose comfort is actually discouraging.

    Thanks

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    Re: Job's comforter

    Yes! I got this right...

    Love the story of Job. His friends was more of annoying than encouraging.

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    Re: Job's comforter

    So I was right, then?

    A Job's comforter is someone who discourages you. Am I right?

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