him a target for attack (v. 20), among other things. Perhaps the most scathing indictment of God is in Job 9:22- 24 where he claims,
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 hands of the wicked; he covers the faces of its judges-- if it is not he, who then is it? 85
Job's final response to Yahweh is repentance. This "repentance" of Job's, however, does not appear to be over any sin(s) in particular. It is not as if he now agrees with the friends (or Elihu) that he was guilty of some offense which brought on all his misery. Nor can this be taken as a repudiation by Job (or the author of the book) of his previous speeches.86 Rather this is the only pos- sible response of a man who is "blameless and upright, one who feared God, and turned away from evil" (1:1) when he is confronted by the Living God. Of course, he "despises"
(ytsxm) and "repents" (ytmHn, 42:6), but it must be
noticed that he does so absolutely; no objects are construed with the verbs. How else can a human behave when face to face with God?
85 Other accusations of God are found in 6:4; 9:17-21; 10:3-17; 13:24-27; 16:6-17; 19:6-22; 30:19-23. Contra Tur-Sinai, pp. 577-578. 86