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who tears and gnashes his teeth.63 He may even be construed as a common criminal from whose attack one would cry out (as Job claims to have done), "Violence!" (19:7). Job's final speech builds to a climax in his identifi-

cation of God (ydW) as the one who is his legal adversary.

His cry for justice demands that God come forward with his accusations.

Oh, that I had one to hear me! (Here is my signature! let the Almighty answer me!) Oh, that I had the indictment written by

my adversary (ybyr-wyx)!

Surely I would carry it on my shoulder; I would bind it on me as a crown; I would give him an account of all my steps; like a prince I would approach him. Job 31:35-37

Job's confidence in this demand to meet his accuser can only stem from his conviction that he is innocent while God is unjust. Only one who is confident of his own innocence can issue such a bold challenge to an accuser.

In the Yahweh speeches, Yahweh assumes an enemy stance in his interrogation of Job.

Gird up now your loins as a man, I will question you am, you shall declare to me. Job 38:3(=40:7)

Yahweh is here assuming the part of the enemy who asks of Job things which he does not know. Yahweh assumes the same kind

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19:6; 16:9.

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