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This last saying, however, indicates the true nature of Job's perception of his self-incrimination. This leanness which rises up against him is a consequence of the attacks which God has already initiated. This intolerable state of affairs is due to Yahweh's having constituted the situation in such a way that Job can only incriminate himself--even though he is innocent and blameless (9:20). Indeed, God has madel him an enemy of himself.52

Yahweh finally comes forward, in the introduction to his second speech, with his own accusation. He asks Job,

Will you even frustrate my justice? Will you condemn me (ynfywrt) that

you may be righteous (qdct)? Job 40:8

That Yahweh's accusations here are in the form of questions might leave some ambiguity to the charge (Will Job do such a thing? Has he already?), but the ambiguity is only apparent. Yahweh has already called him a contender and addressed him as the one who reproves with God (40:1). The accusations are probably phrased as questions then under the influence of Job 13:22 and, more closely, that of Job 40:7b ("I will question you, and you will declare to me") and in order to conform stylistically with verse 9.

this has been the testimony against me! My leanness has risen up against me-- this has been the evidence against me! Cf. 13:24 (33:10); 19:11. 52

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