Something to think about
As they try to come to terms with Job’s sufferings, his friends resort to the accepted wisdom: ‘what sages have told and their ancestors have not hidden’. This is the traditional wisdom that has been handed down from generation to generation.
Such ‘wisdom’ still exists. We come across it when something is spoken of as self-evidently true and used to explain why a person or group is suffering. We can often identify it by when someone talks about ‘they’ - often accompanied by the word ‘always.’
The power of this ‘wisdom’ was such that Job’s friends could not move past it to really listen to Job’s experience. The only cure for such flawed wisdom is, in fact, good listening.