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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Such philosophizing, as Job's comforters found out, never goes down well with those who actually have to do the suffering.
Job's comforters tried to do it, and "J.B.," Archibald MacLeish's modern retelling of the biblical story of the righteous man who suffers unjustly, poses the problem succinctly: "If God is God, he is not good: if God is good, he is not God."
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