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Part 11: Perek 12-14: Iyov's Second Big Question
"The tents of robbers prosper, and those who provoke Hashem are secure." Iyov now presents a new question which was not debated until this point. This is the question of the tranquility of evildoers. The three different theories his friends imparted on the suffering of the righteous did not answer this question. When a rasha, whose evil ways are known and obvious, prospers, where is the mishpat of Hashem?
Iyov also argues with Tzophar's answers regarding free choice. He continued to assert that man cannot have free choice because of Hashem's previous knowledge of all man's actions.
After addressing his friends, Iyov addresses Hashem directly. "Why do You hide Your face and regard me as Your enemy? Will You frighten a rattling leaf? Will You chase dry stubble?" Iyov feels as if Hashem is treating him like an enemy and afflicting him with useless suffering.
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