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May 6, 2023

Job Chapters 31 - 35 Q&A

Job Chapters 31 - 35 Q&A

Job continues to defend his innocence and question why he is suffering

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Husband and Wife answer questions about Elihu and why the heck he just appears out of nowhere. Then we discuss the three "friends" and how they are different from the boozer.

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In these chapters, Job continues to defend his innocence and question why he is suffering. He claims that he has lived a righteous life, avoiding sins such as lust and deceit. He also challenges his accusers to provide evidence of his wrongdoing. Job acknowledges that God is powerful and just, but he questions why God allows the righteous to suffer.

Job's friend Elihu then speaks, arguing that God is just and merciful, and that suffering can serve as a means of discipline or instruction. Elihu also suggests that Job may not be seeing the full picture and encourages him to seek understanding from God. However, Elihu's words do not provide a definitive answer to the question of why the righteous suffer.

From an atheist perspective, these chapters of Job may be seen as an exploration of the problem of evil, which raises questions about why bad things happen to good people. Job's speeches can be seen as an attempt to grapple with this issue and defend his own sense of morality, while Elihu's response reflects a more traditional religious view that suffering can have a divine purpose. Ultimately, however, the book of Job does not offer a conclusive answer to this complex theological question.

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