Job 32-37

Jason Barrett
At this point there is silence. Job’s friends are angry that he will not admit his sin and that he is being punished justly. Job declares his righteousness and therefore insinuates that God’s actions against him are unjust.

Job and his friends are at an impasse.

It is here that a younger man named Elihu speaks up. The audience listening to the story of Job would have been shocked at his boldness and bravery to speak to his elders, especially in the manner he does.

He declares that he tried to let the wisdom of age speak, but that wisdom has failed, and now he will speak with the wisdom of God.

First, he rebukes Job’s friends for their failure to give Job an answer to his concerns, they were focused on getting Job to admit to their accusations.

Next, he confronts Job for Job’s insinuation that God would ever act unjustly. Job placed his sinlessness over God’s justice. Job believed he was sinless, so God must be the one in the wrong – acting unjustly.

Elihu corrects Job, reminding him that God is great and just.

What is left is for Job to ponder the solution. If he is righteous enough not to deserve God’s punishment, but if he is undergoing suffering, what is the answer?

Job’s theology is going to have to adjust as he ponders this.

Of course, we readers know behind the scenes that the answer is that the suffering is Satan’s doing, not God’s.