Job spoke to God

I was at the PhD conference in Inverness at the start of last month and my supervisor, Dr. Jamie Grant, was leading us through a devotion in Job. He picked up on Job 42:7 in which God commends Job for he has spoken rightly about God. Or did he? Jamie pointed out that the Hebrew word el is most often translated ‘to’ not ‘about’. In other words could it be that Job is commended not for speaking rightly about God, but for speaking to God which is right. That kinda changes the whole meaning of the book. Job isn’t righteous because he knows the right stuff about God, but because he knows God. It’s not what he says but what he does. It’s not clever philosophical answers to the problem of theodicy, but rather that, when the going got very tough indeed, Job talked to God, not just about God. Cool eh?