n. — a person who commiserates with someone who has had misfortune.
I have heard many such things; miserable comforters (נחם) are you all.
Job 16:2 (NRSV)
Lack of a comforter appears to be a theme in the Hebrew Bible. The oppressed have no one to comfort them (Ecc 4:1). Jerusalem has no comforter in the time of siege (Lam 1:2, 9, 16-17, 21). Nowhere will comforters be found for Nineveh in its destruction (Nah 3:7). Job’s situation here may actually, however, be much worse. His problem is not only that he has no one to comfort him. His problem is that those who are supposed to be comforting him are actually making his situation worse. Examine the verbal sense of “to comfort” and ask yourself “how we might comfort those without a comforter and not make matters worse for people who we may be trying to comfort?”
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