Job and His Friends by Ilya Repin (1869)
The dialogues of Job and his friends are followed by a poem (the “hymn to wisdom”) on the inaccessibility of wisdom: “Where is wisdom to be found?” it asks, and concludes that it has been hidden from man (chapter 28). Job contrasts his previous fortune with his present plight, an outcast, mocked and in pain. He protests his innocence, lists the principles he has lived by, and demands that God answer him. Elihu (a character not previously mentioned) intervenes to state that wisdom comes from God, who reveals it through dreams and visions to those who will then declare their knowledge.
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