Job 21:34 How then comfort ye me in vain, Seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?
Job’s friends have come to comfort him. They actually end up attacking him more than helping him. They are constantly overstating facts, finding fault, and not telling the whole story.
They didn’t find out the truth before they started talking. God will affirm this at the end of the story. They hadn’t studied even what they were saying.
Comforting is not attacking or correcting. Comforting would be to listen, to sympathize, and to be a blessing. Job’s friends seemed to be all to happy that he was in trouble. He was finally not the most blessed man in the room.
I want to learn to be a friend. I want to learn to comfort and not antagonize. I want to listen and say what is true instead of hurting my friend with half truths.