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Yahweh as an Enemy

Job's response to this intolerable situation of self- incrimination, in spite of his innocence, is to accuse God of acting the part of an enemy. It should be recalled in this connection that Job is actually quite reticent about designating God with explicit enemy terms, but all such reticence is gone when it comes to describing Yahweh's behavior towards him: Yahweh acts like an enemy.

Before examining Job's charges, however, it may be well to note that Job's friend Bildad denies such allegations against God by means of a rhetorical question demanding a negative response.

Will God pervert justice? Or, does the Almighty pervert righteousness? Job 8:3

Elihu uses the same device (36:23) as well as making an explicit denial.

Therefore, hear me, you men of understanding, far be it from God that he should do wickedness, and from the Almighty that he should do wrong. For according to the work of a man he will requite him, and according to his ways he will make it befall him. Of a truth, God will not do wickedly, and the Almighty will not pervert justice, Job 34:10-12 53

53 In spite of these denials by Job's interlocutors, especially Bildad, it must be remembered that they did "cause God to be wicked" according to the narrator's summary in 32:3; cf. n. 42 above.

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