Confronted with the advice from his friends, Job said what we have all thought at one time or another:
12:2 You people really know everything, don’t you? And when you die, wisdom will die with you!
13:4-5 … As physicians, you are worthless quacks. If only you could be silent! That’s the wisest thing you could do. … 12 Your platitudes are as valuable as ashes.
But Job was convinced he was blameless:
13:17-18 Listen closely to what I am about to say. Hear me out.I have prepared my case; I will be proved innocent.
And proceeded to ask God how he had sinned.
Finally, Job pointed to the prospect of eternal life making all his present sufferings bearable:
14:14-15 Can the dead live again? If so, this would give me hope through all my years of struggle, and I would eagerly await the release of death.You would call and I would answer, and you would yearn for me, your handiwork.