But now it is come upon you, and you faint; it touches you, and you are troubled.
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Ephrem The Syrian
“See, you have reproached many.” Eliphaz shows Job that he has corrected many with his action and has brought them back to a fitting moderation with his advice and warnings. “And you have strengthened the weak hands,” that is, since you exhorted others to endure with a strong soul the calamities that befell them, now it is fair that you exercise patience in your own afflictions. - "Commentary on Job 4.3"
And thou. Septuagint, "and has touched thee. But thou makest haste "(Haydock) to flee. Hebrew, "art consternated. "We may easily prescribe for others, but when we are sick we know not what to do. (Calmet)
32. All men of froward mind assail the life of the righteous in two ways; for either they assert that what they say is wrong, or that what they say aright they never observe; and hence blessed Job is reproved by his friends further on for his mode of speech, whereas now he is torn in pieces for having spoken right things, but not having observed them. And so at one time the speech, and at another time the practice of the good meets with the disapproval of the wicked, in order that either the tongue being rebuked may hold its peace, or the life, being convicted by the testimony of that same tongue of theirs, may give way under the charge. And mark that first they bring forward commendations of the tongue, and afterwards complain of the weakness of the life. For the wicked, that they may not openly shew themselves to be evil, sometimes say such good things of the just, as they know to be already received concerning them by others also. But as we have said above, these very points th...
“You have instructed many.” The present facts battle with the former opinion. In fact, you supported others after they fell into despair and offered the aid of your hands to those lying down so that they might rise up. Why do you now not follow the stable footsteps of your constancy? Why are you unable to escape from your ruin? The things that you have often taught others should be sufficient for your consolation. These words are spoken either as a consolation through the search for a more virtuous life or as an ironical remark, not because Job had actually helped others but because he had simply believed he was doing so. - "Exposition on the Book of Job 4.3"