1 Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.
8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.
9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.
10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
We see a change here in Job's attitude. It is here that the end of the whole story is told.
"5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes."
This is the end result of all of the reasoning of Job, and his three friends. Job has reached another level of understanding and that is he, (and by extention we) cannot judge God's motives by our circumstances.
"Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not."
But notice that the three friends are rebuked by God but not Elihu.
Elihu = "He is my God"
the younger man who rebuked Job and his three friends. (Strong's concordance.)
As to whether or not the three friends are real friends or placed in the story by allegory as parts of Job's psyche, it matters not to me. They would be making the same arguments.
In other words, it is the soul level of understanding saying Job must have really screwed up to deserve this. Or it is Job saying I didn't screw up and I don't deserve this. Both are a partial view of what is going on here.
It is not until God starts listing all that He has accomplished that Job's eyes are opened to his inadequacy to understand;
Job 40:6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?
9 Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
10 Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.
11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.
12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
13 Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.
14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.
15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.
17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.
Etc., etc., This goes on for two chapters like this.
"Why couldnt he have explained this to Job and Job wouldve been quiet, yet at the end of Elihu's speech we have him requesting that Job be tried to the limit (Job 34:36)"
34:36 "My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of his answers for wicked men.
37 For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God."
He was tried to the limit. That was a good thing. He ended up with twice as much as he started out with. And a lot less self righteousness. I believe God was explaining to Job through Elihu. What he was explaining was that Job still had a lot of Ego left.
I'm not picking on Job, it is the human condition. And sometimes great trials are all that can get through to us. And sometimes God even uses Satan to accomplish this.
Like I said before Ego is a very subtle thing.
"If Elihu is the spirit then he would know this meeting and he would be in the position to tell Job that God knows he is righteous and his present sufferings are not because of wickedness, yet what we see is Elihu just saying that God punishes those who deserve to be punished, so in effect though what he is saying is true it is only half the story since not all suffering is due to the suffering one's wickedness.."
Yes, some suffering is due to self righteousness. And this is the lesson that Job had to learn. So, though Elihu might have been in a position to tell Job of that meeting, why would he? That would only make Job's ego grow rather than bring him to the end of himself.