In this, the eleventh week of writing sonnets through the Book of Job, we encounter another of Job’s purported friends, a man named Zophar. As the third man to observe Job writhing in agony and scraping the oozing wounds that cover his entire body, Zophar is perhaps the least sympathetic of the trio. Without hesitation, he moves immediately to accusation … no small talk or niceties.
In my personal study, I’ve always thought of Zophar as the younger of the three friends. He’s impetuous and hasn’t yet learned the finer points of diplomacy. Maybe he even possesses a graduate parchment from LUU (Land of Uz University) and believes he’s got the world figured out. He’s listened to Eliphaz and Bildad explain their points of view about why Job is suffering. He’s also heard Job’s attempts to deflect their assessments. Continue reading “Better Off Dead?”