it happens that
Man is also chastened (hky, ho.) with pain upon his bed, and with continual strife (byr) in
his bones; so that his life loathes bread, and his appetite dainty food. Job 33:19-20
The point of this divinely enforced disciplinary suffering is, however, that one repents: he prays to God, is accepted, and then sings a song of thanksgiving (33:26-28). Ultimately, Elihu would have Job believe that God acts this way in order
to bring back his soul from the Pit, that he see the light of life.
Only once does Yahweh accuse Job of being his enemy. As noticed in Chapter 3 above, Yahweh's accusation takes the form of rhetorical questions which intend to claim that Job would "frustrate" (ryph) God's "right" (Fpwm) and
"condemn" (fywrh) him in order to accomplish his own
justification (40:8). Yahweh's response to this hostile action of Job is to rebuke him by pointing to human ignor- ance and divine wisdom. The outcome of this divine rebuke is Job's penitent confession in chapter 42:2-6. Surely,