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4 The Voices of the Three Friends

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The chapter finds an answer to why Job reads his three friends' voices in such a way by examining how each friend's voice responds to Job's voices. Eliphaz' perception of Job's identity can be clarified by hearing/reading Eliphaz' voice, since Eliphaz' voice reveals his own conception of Job's identity. Like Eliphaz, Bildad holds that only God can complain and bring charges against human beings, because God distrusts even His servants and charges His angels with error. Clearly, Bildad's assumption of Job's sinfulness leads him to doubt Job's piety, unlike Eliphaz who was sure of Job's piety. Zophar continues to offer Job a future. Consequently, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar may agree that the acknowledgement of the limit of a man's knowledge and wisdom may lead him to return to God and is certainly a wiser way for Job to find a way out of his suffering.

Keywords: Bildad; Eliphaz' voice; Job's fate; Job's identity; Zophar



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