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appears merely that might makes right (9:13-21).61 The whole point of this contention is most sharply put in Job's conclusion.

It is all one; therefore I say, he destroys both the blameless and the wicked. When disaster brings sudden death, he mocks at the calamity of the innocent. The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; he covers the faces of its judges-- if it is not he, who then is it?

Job 9:22-24 Otherwise, God is portrayed as a ruthless warrior who sets Job up as a target, whose archers surround him, who breaches him and runs against him.62 The war images are also present when Job claims that God has

walled up my way, so that I cannot pass, and he has set darkness upon my paths. He has stripped from me my glory, and has taken the crown from my head. He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone, and my hope has he pulled up like a tree. He has kindled his wrath against me, and counts me as his adversary. His troops come on together; they have cast up siegeworks against me, and encamp round about my tent. Job 19:8-12

In addition to these war images, God is portrayed as a hunter who has closed his net upon Job and as a wild beast

61 The doxology of 9:4-12 focuses attention entirely upon God's overwhelming might. 16:12-14; cf. also the "arrows of the Almighty" 62

(ydW-ycH) in 6:4.


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