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Book of Job Pain and Suffering Quotes Page 1 Theme

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Quote #1

One day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in the eldest brother's house, a messenger came to Job and said, 'The oxen were ploughing and the donkeys were feeding beside them, and the Sabeans fell on them and carried them off, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; I alone have escaped to tell you.' While he was still speaking, another came and said, 'The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; I alone have escaped to tell you.' While he was still speaking, another came and said, 'The Chaldeans formed three columns, made a raid on the camels and carried them off, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; I alone have escaped to tell you.' While he was still speaking, another came and said, 'Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house, and suddenly a great wind came across the desert, struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; I alone have escaped to tell you.' (NRSV 1:13-19)

And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brothers house:
And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:
And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brothers house:
And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. (KJV 1:13-19)

Yikes. Talk about the Worst Day Ever. How does Job deal with all this pain?

Also, what's the deal with that one messenger calling the blaze "The fire of God"? Wasn't this Satan's doing? He doesn't even say, "look man, this freak accident happened." He is pretty stinkin' sure that this is God's fault.

Quote #2

So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and inflicted loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. (NRSV 2:7)

So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. (KJV 2:7)

Satan is definitely doing the dirty work here. Has God pulled a fast one on Satan, getting him to take care of the tough stuff? Or is this Satan's doing through and through?

Quote #3

'This would be my consolation;
I would even exult in unrelenting pain;
for I have not denied the words of the Holy One.' (NRSV 6:10)

Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One. (KJV 6:10)

Job has been doing a lot of complaining, but here he justifies himself. After all, God put him through a great deal of pain, and he just wants some answers. What do you think? Is Job violating his principles by questioning God?

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