The Book of Job

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What is the Book of Job about?

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The Book of Job is found in the Old Testament and is the story of one man's response when he loses everything he holds dear in his life. His losses are a test to determine whether or not he loves God solely because God has blessed him abundantly. Even in the midst of great loss, Job is determined to praise God.

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This book of the Old Testament opens with Job enjoying a contented life. He is wealthy, married, has a large family, and possesses a great quantity of livestock. Job is also a good man who pleases God, but Satan tells God that Job is only good because God has blessed him abundantly. Satan chides God, telling him that if Job's situation changed, Job would curse his creator. God gives Satan permission to torment Job to test this theory but forbids him kill Job.

Job loses everything he held dear in the span of a day. Four messengers arrive, each bearing a separate message of loss. Job learns that all ten of this children have died, his livestock have perished, and all of his servants have died. Job is devastated, tearing his clothes in despair. Yet he still praises God.

God gives Satan permission to test Job further, so Job then finds himself suffering with a horrible skin disease. His wife's faith is destroyed, and she advises Job to curse God and die. Job refuses.

Some of Job's friends arrive, giving him all sorts of advice about his losses. They tell him that God must be punishing Job for sins he has committed. They urge Job to try to seek the approval of God. They find Job's response lacks an appropriate fear of God. Job wants to ask God about his suffering and feels that human minds lack the ability to fully understand the wisdom of God.

God finally appears to Job, who acknowledges the omnipotence of God as well as his own limited understanding. God is pleased with Job and again blesses him abundantly. Job receives new children, twice as much property, and enjoys a long life.

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