Section: Tanach Category: Iyov
|Part 19 Perek 23-24: Iyov - Is Partial Self Interest In Serving Hashem A Capital Crime?|
Iyov responds to Eliphaz, and rebuts his new shitah. Eliphaz had said that Hashem sends yissurim to the tzaddik in order to test him for his own ultimate benefit in Olam Haba. If tzaddikim were never afflicted with suffering, man would lack free choice, and would serve Hashem for superficial reasons. In fact, Iyov's friends hinted to him that his suffering was a result of that very reason - serving Hashem out of hope of reward and fear of punishment. Iyov, however, is not satisfied with this answer. He claims that it's illogical that Hashem would bring such severe suffering on someone for such a slight sin. If a man fulfills the mitzvos, and refrains from evil, does he deserve such severe suffering for momentarily thinking of attaining his own needs while serving Hashem?