How do you think Job's definition of justice changed as a result of his life experiences? (Job from the Bible.) I'm doing an essay and one of the questions in the essay I have to respond to is this one.  Could you help me answer it correctly please?

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Given the fact that question states "How do you think..." I might not go so far as to say there is a "correct" answer to this question.  The best answer is going to be your honest opinion backed up by evidence from the text.  In order to come to a conclusion about this you could consider the following:

  1. How do people commonly define justice?  (Maybe think, how do you define justice?  How would you explain justice in simple terms?  Is it possible that Job also believed in this way?)
  2. What happened to Job?  (Jot a quick list of all the terrible things he was afflicted with.)
  3. What was Job's attitude before, during, and after he was afflicted with the above?

Consider the following textual clues/examples:

blameless...upright...feared God and shunned evil. (Job 1:1)

As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made me taste bitterness of lips will not speak wickedness, and my tongue will utter no deceit...I will not deny my integrity. (Job 27:2-5)

I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.  (Job 42:2)

Though he wanted God to establish his innocence in the sight of his friends and restore his losses, he had to submit to God's timing.  However, he does not lose his faith in this.  It is clear that throughout his testing and affliction, though he questions God and begs for mercy, he also continues glorifying him and clarifying his belief that God is in full control and has ultimate authority, wisdom and power.  Likewise, Job gives God continued obedience and submission.

Keeping all of these things in mind, finally consider, how might an experience like Job's change your idea of justice?  It is possible that Job had a similar attitude.

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