The Hand of the Lord Has Done This
I. Bad Counsel
A. Their Superiority
An imaginative paraphrase of 12:2 might run something like this: Truly you are world-class wise men! Whatever will mankind do when you die? For wisdom will vanish from the face of the earth with you! Go soak your heads!
Sensing that Zophar has implied that he is lacking in wisdom, Job counters with the assertion that he is in no way inferior to (nāp̄āl)
B. Their Humiliation
C. Their Contempt
II. Bad Theology
A. A Simple Observation
B. A Sound Objection
1. God is the absolute controlling force in the universe (12-16)
The longer one lives, the wiser one becomes. Since God is the oldest by far, he certainly is the wisest.
All aspects of wisdom—connoted by the four terms wisdom (hoḵmâ), might (ḡəḇûrâ), counsel (ʿēṣâ), and understanding (ṯəḇûnâ)—reside in God (cf. Isa. 11: 2). That is, God possesses both the wisdom to plan the best course of action and the might or power to carry out that course.