You probably noticed the two concepts in the title are repeated in various form. In these five verses we see comfort 10 times and affliction or suffering 7 times. Now that we have that repetition, what do we do with it? We ask questions:
- What does the repeated term or theme mean?
- Why does the author repeat it?
- Why repeat it here?
- What are the full implications of repeating these terms?
- How does this repetition move the theme or argument of the book forward?
Take a shot at those. I will share some thoughts tomorrow.