Job’s Reply to Eliphaz (16:1 – 17:16) — continued
Job was weary of both his illness and the cruel counsel of his friends. Job asked God to furnish him with the guarantee that his innocence will be made evident.
Job expressed the feeling that he had become a byword, the butt of jokes to others (17:6). He had grown weary of his condition (17:7) which even appalled the upright (17:8-9).
Job rejected the false hope of recovery held out to him by his friends who promised that night would turn into day if he would only confess his sin and get right with God. At this point, the only hope Job saw was the relief that would come from the grave (even if it meant he would experience no vindication before his death).