"The Skin Of My Teeth"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 165

Context: Job, from the land of Uz, righteous in heart and blessed by God with many possessions and seven sons and three daughters, is tested by Satan, who has predicted that Job, under different circumstances, will turn against the Almighty and curse Him. When, however, Satan, with God's permission, takes away the wealth and children of Job and afflicts him with boils, the good man remains strong in his refusal to curse God. Visited by his friends Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite, Job laments his day of birth and his life of misery and insists on his innocence. His friends argue that God does not punish the innocent, that God's wisdom cannot be understood, and that the calamities of the wicked are many. Job reproves the three men, lists his agonies caused by God, and notes his wretched physical condition.

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