8 Now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to My servant Iyov and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. And let Iyov, My servant, pray for you; for to him I will show favor and not treat you vilely, since you have not spoken the truth about Me as did My servant Iyov.”
v’-a-TAH k’-KHU la-KHEM shiv-AH fa-REEM v’-shiv-AH ay-LEEM ul-KHU el av-DEE i-YOV v’-ha-a-lee-TEM o-LAH ba-ad-KHEM v’-i-YOV av-DEE yit-pa-LAYL a-lay-KHEM KEE im pa-NAV e-SA l’-vil-TEE a-SOT i-ma-KHEM n’-va-LAH KEE LO di-bar-TEM ay-LAI n’-kho-NAH k’-av-DEE i-YOV
42:8 And let Iyov, My servant, pray for you
By praying for his friends who have sinned Iyov ultimately demonstrates compassion, thereby walking in the footsteps of Avraham. In Sefer Bereishit (chapter 20), Avraham’s wife Sara is taken by Abimelech, king of the Philistines, who thought she was Avraham’s sister. After Abimelech is punished and Sara is returned, Avraham prays for the Philistine king’s return to good health and the amelioration of the punishment Hashem had inflicted upon him. The inclination to be kind and forgiving is one of the reasons Avraham merited the Land of Israel as a permanent inheritance for himself and his descendants. By emulating these traits of kindness and compassion Iyov proves his righteousness, even in the face of his pain and suffering.