I have friends who think Job was self righteous.
In Job 27:6, Job does say he will not deny his integrity, but the footnotes in the 1986 NIV go to Ephesians 4:24 and 6:14.
Ephesians 4:24 continues from verse 20: “You did not, however, come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self…to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
If that’s not enough, there is Ephesians 6:14 which continues from verse 10: Finally, be strong in the Lord (emphasis mine) and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.”
The verses the footnotes point to reveal the devil’s schemes and how we are to stand in light of them. Paul goes further, in 2 Corinthians 10:4, to tell us that we have “divine weapons” we use to “demolish strongholds” and that these weapons are both “defensive” and “offensive”.
This tells me Job’s integrity was in the new self; he knew Christ and was clothed with His righteousness, wearing the armor of God and taking a stand against the enemy’s schemes.
Job’s story becomes a how to/example and tells me that we can do this, too. Note that Paul wrote “when the day of evil comes…” not if.
I knew I loved the story of Job, but not until this writing did I realize how deeply why I love it. I kind of think Job’s story may be a kind of glue/centerpiece that explains the rest of the story.