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His character does not provide a guide for how we ought to think or act. Much of what Job thinks and says is at least partially wrong. How Job responds is ultimately important so that we can consider how God runs the world and whether there can be such a thing as disinterested righteousness (serving God for nothing).
Their disagreement concerns the whys and where-fores of God’s dealings with Job, just as the story began with God and the Satan disagreeing over the character of Job. But Job’s faith is stronger than theirs, more imaginative and adventurous, and, in consequence, more exacting and painful.
Francis I. Andersen
John H. Walton; Tremper Longman III
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