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Response to Satan?

Does the book of Job offer any guidance on how the wise respond to the Adversary? Certainly nothing is explicit in this regard. The fact that this figure disappears after Job 2:7 may intimate something. Human response to this heavenly Adversary is simply not an option. This is nowhere explicitly stated, of course, but it may be argued that had the writer wished to present a response to him he surely could have done so. His literary skills were quite adequate to the task. By refusing to mention the Adversary after the prologue he may well have intended to intimate that the problem of homo sapiens is not the Adversary but God. Otherworldly disputes may indeed be the backdrop to earthly events, but humans are to be concerned with one another, creation and God.

Qoheleth It was suggested earlier in this study that Qoheleth’s real enemies, those which pose a genuine threat to him, are life and God.87 Certainly, he mentions other enemy figures,88 but only life and God cause any real anxiety.

87 See above Chapter 2, pp. 123-124, and Chapter 3, pp. 166-169.

88 For example, "king," ''prince," "human beings"; see Appendices I and III.

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