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Part 17 - Perek 21: Iyov - If I Am A Rasha, Am I The Only One?
The three friends have concluded their answers on the question of the serenity of the wicked, and Iyov now includes all of their answers in his rebuttal. Iyov complains that his friends have all pointed their fingers at him when discussing the evils which occur to reshaim. Iyov is a rasha in their eyes, and they considered Iyov's suffering as proof that the success of the rasha does not last forever. Iyov contended that his question included all of mankind, including the successful reshaim among them, and none of their answers took this into account. How could they draw conclusions from what happened to one individual? Eliphaz said that reshaim are constantly fearful and are insecure in their success, but reshaim are found that are secure and serene. Bildad maintained that the households of reshaim will be destroyed, but reshaim are found who remain alive and successful, and their households exist for a lengthy amount of time. Bildad had also said that the souls of the reshaim will be cut off, and they will eventually receive their punishment in the everlasting world. Iyov complained that man is not cognizant of this hidden punishment which is hidden from the eyes of all man. Death spreads its wings on all living beings without distinction. Who really knows if there is wisdom and accounting in the nether depths where the dead descend?
Iyov also did not agree with Tzophar's answer - that the rasha dies suddenly and descends to the grave. Iyov asserted that a quick and easy death without suffering can be considered part of the success of the rasha, and is what he desires. How could it be fair and just that the tzaddik who suffered from pain will die a bitter death, and the rasha will die in serenity, and both of them will descend to the grave equally? The rasha's sons may be cut off after his death, but the rasha won't be affected by this punishment, since he is no longer alive. It would be more fitting if the rasha himself would receive punishment for his sins while he is still alive, and consequently will recognize Hashem's justice.
Finally, Iyov complains that the purpose of his friends' answers were not to comfort him and express the truth, but were a breach of brotherly love. Instead of comforting him like a brother, they accuse him of being a rasha.
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