(2) If we assay.—Rather, perhaps, Has one ever assayed? or, Has a word ever been tried? It appears from Job 29:9-10, that Job was held in great honour and reverence by all, and Eliphaz regarded him with awe such as would have constrained him to be silent, but he is so convinced that Job is wrong and deserves reproof, that he cannot refrain from speaking. He strikes a note, however, which the friends all sound, namely, that it is the wicked who suffer, and that all who suffer must be wicked. This, in a variety of forms, is the sum and substance of what they have to say.
Secretly brought to me.—Literally, was stolen for me. Joseph uses the same expression of himself in Genesis 40:15.
Mine ear received a little, compared with the inexhaustible resources remaining unrevealed. The word used for little is only found once again, and in the mouth of Job (Job 26:14).
Are crushed before the moth?—That is to say, are so frail that even the moth destroys them.
The next verse, however, may seem to imply that they themselves are unmindful of their decay, it is so insidious and so complete.