Job's comforters

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Job’s comforters

maliciously torment Job while ostensibly attempting to comfort him. [O.T.: Job]
See: Cruelty
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As a practicing doctor, I became aware of the modern day equivalent of Job's comforters.
The poem's concluding two lines are an extra stroke of wise genius, bringing us back to our own helplessness before others' misfortunes and our almost comic efforts to help them bear it, to be Job's comforters.
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