The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJob 4:2
[If] we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved?
Eliphaz speaks in the name of himself and his two friends, who had
doubtless consulted together, and compared their sentiments of Job;
which appearing to be the same, they formed a plan and scheme in which
they should attack him, and the part which each should take, and the
order in which they should proceed: these words are said, either as
seemingly doubting whether they should speak or be silent; for they may
be rendered, "shall we try", or attempt, to drop or speak a "word to
thee"; to enter into a conversation with thee? or, "shall we take up a
discourse", and carry it on with thee, "who art grieved" already? or
art weary and heavy laden, and bore down with the burden of affliction,
with sorrows and troubles; or art impatient F8 under them; we fear,
should we, that thou wilt be more grieved and burdened, and become more
impatient; and therefore know not well what to do: or else, as
supposing and taking it for granted that he would be grieved and
burdened, and made more restless and uneasy, impatient and outrageous,
yet they had determined to enter into a debate with him; for so the
words are by some rendered, "should we speak a word unto thee"; or,
"against thee" F9; even should the least word be spoken against thee,
thou wilt be weary F11, or burdened, or grieved, or take it ill: we
know thou wilt; yet, nevertheless, we must not, we cannot, we will not
forbear speaking: or else interrogatively, as our version and others,
"wilt thou be grieved?" we desire thou wouldest not, nor take it ill
from us, but all in good part; we mean no hurt, we design no ill, but
thy good, and beg thou wilt hear us patiently: this shows how great a
man Job had been, and in what reverence and respect he was had, that
his friends bespeak him after this manner in his low estate; however,
this was artifice in them, to introduce the discourse, and bring on the
debate after this sort:
but who can withhold himself from speaking?
be it as it will; Eliphaz
suggests, though Job was already and greatly burdened, and would be
more so, and break out into greater impatience, yet there was a
necessity of speaking, it could not be forborne; no man could refrain
himself from speaking, nor ought in such a case, when the providence of
God was reflected upon, and he was blasphemed and evil spoken of, and
charged with injustice, as was supposed; in such circumstances, no
good, no faithful man, could or ought to keep silence; indeed, when the
glory of God, the honour of the Redeemer, and the good of souls require
it, and a man's own reputation with respect to his faithfulness lies at
stake, silence should not be kept, let the consequence be as it may;
but how far this was the case may be considered.
F8 (halt Kyla rbd honh) "num suscipiemus verbum ad te, qui impatiens
es?" Schmidt; "qui jam dum lassatus", Michaelis.
F9 "Contra te", Piscator.
F11 "Forsitan moleste accipies", V. L. "fatisces", Schultens.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 4:2". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=job&chapter=004&verse=002>. 1999.