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Part 24 - Perek 41-42: THE GRAND FINALE - Surprise Ending, Iyov Was The Real Tzaddik All Along... and His Friends....
"I knew that You can do everything, and no design is restrained from You."
At this point, Iyov admitted that the opinions he expressed during the debate were not his true opinions. In his heart, he never doubted hashgacha and the everlasting life of the soul. He was aware that Hashem's wisdom encompasses all and He is aware of every man's actions, but yet man retains free choice. He was cognizant that Hashem's justice is perfect and each man will be rewarded and punished for his deeds. However, he expressed his denial of these concepts in order to test and investigate, and reach the truth through iyun and sechel.
"Now it came to pass after Hashem had spoken these words to Iyov, that Hashem said to Eliphaz the Temaini, ‘My wrath is kindled against you and your two friends because you did not speak correctly, as did My servant Iyov.'"
Iyov spoke words of sin in his mouth, but was "shalem" with Hashem in his heart. Conversely, his friends debated for Hashem, but their hearts did not agree with their mouths, as Iyov had chastised them. The essence of dibur to Hashem is dibur halev.
"And now take to yourselves seven bulls and seven rams and go to My servant Iyov and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves, and Iyov My servant will daven for you, for I will favor him not to do anything unseemly to you, for you did not speak to Me correctly, as did My servant Iyov."
"Now the Lord returned Iyov's captivity when he davened for his friends, Hashem gave Iyov twice as much as he had had before."
Iyov forgave his friends and davened for them, and Hashem rewarded him by restoring his children and possessions. According to Chazal, his children never actually died, and his possessions were never plundered. The Satan had hidden them and sent a messenger to Iyov to inform him of the bad news.
"And Hashem blessed Iyov's end more than his beginning, and he had fourteen thousand flocks and six thousand camels and a thousand yoke of cattle and a thousand she-donkeys.
"And Iyov lived after this one hundred and forty years, and he saw his sons and his sons' sons for four generations. Then Iyov died, being old and sated with days."
With the help of Hashem this concludes our Iyov series. Thanks for joining us and we hope you enjoyed. BeEzras Hashem we will shortly begin the next segment of the Revach Tanach Series.
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