| Quote #1
'he will not let me get my breath,
He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness.
If God is ever-present, does Job even need to summon him? Shouldn't he just be there waiting? This kind of thinking makes our brains hurt, but that's the point; it's supposed to be confusing—for us and for Job. Many scholars think the ending doesn't pack enough philosophical punch to solve anyone's problems—least of all God's and Job's. What do you think?
| Quote #2
'For he is not a mortal, as I am, that I might answer him,
For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment. (KJV 9:32)
Humans have ways to solve their disputes—we call them trials, and so does Job. Do God and men have that same luxury? They don't have documented manuals for trial practice, that's for sure.
If you think back to the frame story, though, you'll remember that heaven seems to work kind of like the human world—you know, imperfectly. Once again, the poetic narrative clashes a bit with the prose frame. But it definitely gives us a lot to think about.
| Quote #3
'Can you find out the deep things of God?
Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
You tell him, Zophar.
But you know what? The scale question still holds for us: how can one person know the boundaries of the earth as well as the one who supposedly created those boundaries?
P.S. Check out Zophar's use of rhetorical questions. Job has no choice but to agree with him, right?