"He Saith Among The Trumpets, Ha, Ha!"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 185

Context: Job, an upright man in the land of Uz, has seen his wealth and children destroyed and felt himself tortured with boils because Satan has declared that with suffering Job would eventually turn against God. Stoutly refusing to curse God, but bitterly lamenting his condition, Job hears the condemnations of Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite, but affirms his innocence and the injustice of the suffering. Elihu, arguing with more understanding, proclaims that pain warns the sinner from the pit, that Job has blasphemously judged God, that God cannot commit evil, and that man cannot understand the wisdom of the Lord. The Almighty, speaking to Job from the whirlwind, reminds him of his puniness and asks what he knows of the power of the Creator of the world and the creatures therein. Who, for example, gave the horse his strength?

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He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men. . . .
He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha! and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

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