7 Why do the wicked live on, Prosper and grow wealthy?
ma-DU-a r’-sha-EEM yikh-YU a-t’-KU gam ga-v’-RU KHA-yil
ז מַדּוּעַ רְשָׁעִים יִחְיוּ עָתְקוּ גַּם־גָּבְרוּ חָיִל׃
21:7 Why do the wicked live on
This question that Iyov asks is the crux of the entire book: Why do the righteous suffer while the wicked go unpunished? Though Iyov is troubled by this because of his personal experiences, he does not abandon his faith in God. If he did, the question would lose its meaning, for the seeming randomness of good and bad fortunes presents a difficulty only if one supposes that the world is ruled by a benevolent God. Iyov teaches that while it is acceptable to ask the questions, they must come from a place of faith in Hashem and His integrity, rather than denial and doubt.