It is interesting, though, isn’t it? – how eager we are to try to “rescue” some of the sentiments promoted by Job’s friends. I had heard too of others (Chris didn’t just pull that out of thin air I don’t think) trying to get Elihu exempted from God’s criticisms. They had their own song and dance about why he supposedly was “getting it right” after all the wrong friends had spoken their piece.
But I think it is revealing that even after their big smackdown by none other than God himself, so many still want to go beyond where Job himself would go and answer God back with a "but, … but … " and then proceed to correct God by rescuing our favorite bits and pieces from out of the friends’ mouths. But it was Job who showcased for us the more proper response before God: silence and submission.