“Why do the wicked live, reach old age, and grow mighty in power?” (v7). Job dared to ask very difficult questions, despite the constant criticism and mocking from his companions (v3). He wondered why people who rebelled against God seemed to “spend their days in prosperity” (v13), multiplying riches, singing and dancing, and living to an old age. The injustice of this frustrated Job. Not believing in God’s judgment, their philosophy was apparently “Eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” (I Cor 15).
Real comfort during suffering is not “empty nothings” or false blame (v34). It is bedrock belief that God’s justice and infinite love will have the final word.