justified himself rather than God" (32:2). Furthermore,
He was angry also at Job's three friends because they had found no answer, although they had declared God to be in the wrong.
Accordingly, his speeches are all disputational.75
Elihu agrees with the conventional understanding of righteousness and blessing and wickedness and disaster. He argue,
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 complete (Mlw, pi.) for 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 34:10b-12
Although his statements are perhaps more subtle in regard to repentance than those of the friends, his admonitions to
"take heed!" (rmw, ni., 36:21) and to “hear!”
(hnyzxh), “stop!” (dmf) and "consider!" (Nnvbth,
37:1d) point in that direction.
Yet, he does differ with the friends in at least one respect. He concedes that it is possible for the righteous to suffer. God may be testing and disciplining them. Thus,
Murphy, Wisdom Literature, p 42.
Cf. 34:21-30; 36:5-7.