Acquainted With Grief

In the Old Testament book of Isaiah, Jesus is described with these words:

He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

A man of sorrows who was also acquainted with grief … both phrases could easily be applied to Job. Continuing to compose sonnets through The Book of Job, we’ve arrived today at chapter 16. In some ways, it seems as though the narrative repeats itself. Job is suffering, his friends are superficially comforting (or attempting to comfort) Job, and all this wrangling has gotten them nowhere.

Except for the first two chapters which reveal (to the readers) events Job and his friends are not privy to, God has yet to make His thoughts known to the humans … but He will.


In the previous chapter, Eliphaz (one of Job’s friends / comforters) has spoken a second time. This know-it-all friend blames Job’s suffering solely on his own cussedness related to the obvious sin in his life. In the opinion of Eliphaz, his observation is (to borrow a phrase) settled science … beyond dispute. Essentially, Eliphaz communicates, it’s your fault you’re suffering, Job. (Here’s a review of last week if you care to click over.) Continue reading “Acquainted With Grief”