I. The Prologue Job’s Good Life 1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. And that man was pure and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. 2 Seven sons and three daughters were born to him. 3 His possessions included 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 […]
This book is so called from Job, whose prosperity, afflictions, and restoration, are here recorded. He lived soon after Abraham, or perhaps before that patriarch. Most likely it was written by Job himself, and it is the most ancient book in existence. The instructions to be learned from the patience of Job, and from his trials, are as useful now, and as much needed as ever. We live under the same Providence, we have the same chastening Father, and there is the same need for correction unto righteousness. The fortitude and patience of Job, though not small, gave way in his severe troubles; but his faith was fixed upon the coming of his Redeemer, and this gave him steadfastness and constancy, though every other dependence, particularly the pride and boast of a self-righteous spirit, was tried and consumed. Another great doctrine of the faith, particularly set forth in the book of Job, is that of Providence. It is plain, from this history, that the Lord watched over his servant Job with the affection of a wise and loving father.
Satan’s Additional Charge 1 Again the day came when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also arrived among them to present himself before the Lord. 2 And the Lord said to Satan, “Where do you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roving about on the earth, and […]
II. Job’s Dialogue With His Friends Job Regrets His Birth 1 After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day he was born. 2 Job spoke up and said:3 “Let the day on which I was born perish,and the night that said,‘A man has been conceived!’4 That day – let it be darkness;let not […]
Eliphaz Begins to Speak 1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:2 “If someone should attempt a word with you,will you be impatient?But who can refrain from speaking?3 Look, you have instructed many;you have strengthened feeble hands.4 Your words have supported thosewho stumbled,and you have strengthened the kneesthat gave way.5 But now the same thing comes to […]
1 “Call now! Is there anyone who will answer you?To which of the holy ones will you turn?2 For wrath kills the foolish person,and anger slays the silly one.3 I myself have seen the fool taking root,but suddenly I cursed his place of residence.4 His children are far from safety,and they are crushed at the […]