9 Will Hashem hear his cry When trouble comes upon him,
ha-tza-a-ka-TO yish-MA AYL kee ta-VO a-LAV tza-RAH
ט הַצַעֲקָתוֹ יִשְׁמַע אֵל כִּי־תָבוֹא עָלָיו צָרָה׃
27:9 Will Hashem hear his cry
In this chapter, Iyov indicates that his colleagues who came to comfort him have instead brought about the opposite effect. Contemporary Bible scholar Amos Hakham explains that Iyov is so hurt by his friends that he calls them his enemies. He declares that even Hashem will ignore their cries when they call out for help, since in trying to defend God, they have misrepresented Him and also offended their fellow. One must be careful with the words he chooses to comfort those who are grieving, for it is easy to cause pain and distress while intending to console. Sometimes remaining silent, as the friends did for the first seven days they sat with Iyov, is really the best response.