If Solomon was the author, the date would be around 950 B. They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter. How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him? He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world. In addition, Satan's hatred of Job is explained on the basis of Job's having previously destroyed an idolatrous temple, and Job is portrayed in a much more heroic and traditionally faithful vein. If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort myself: I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent.
Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait into a broad place, where there is no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table should be full of fatness. Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold. Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him. He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain: So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat. The framing story complicates the book further: in the introductory section, God allows to inflict misery on the righteous Job and his family.
God distributeth sorrows in his anger. Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished? If so, what does that tell me about the character and purposes of God? Analysis The Book of Job is one of the most celebrated pieces of biblical literature, not only because it explores some of the most profound questions humans ask about their lives, but also because it is extremely well written. They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth. My experience in teaching the book in academic and pastoral settings is that almost everyone in the room knows someone who has undergone a Job-like experience—or they are suffering one themselves. Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth. What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? Hast thou an arm like God? Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed? My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome.
By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not. Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me: Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me. For example, King Solomon faced multiple invading enemies near the end of his reign, Hadad the Edomite and Rezon, son of Eliada 1 Kings 11:11, 23. He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.
Oh that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour! Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? Should he reason with unprofitable talk? They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the hungry; Which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst. God remains enough, deserves and requests our love and praise in all circumstances of life. Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to me. The prologue and epilogue are also thought to have been added by a later editor to provide a more acceptable context for the theologically disturbing dialog. For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty. The play was performed at the in and in in 1963, , in 1966, and , , in 1971. Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said, Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind? Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese? Where, O death, is your sting? For sighing comes to me instead of food; my groans pour out like water.
Did not he that made me in the womb make him? God gives Satan power over the Job's property, his slaves, and even his children. By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened. Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are? For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him. He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for thee? Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle. And where is now my hope? I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me. Oh that ye would altogether hold your peace! But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it. Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.
The message of the book is offered at the end, in the speeches of God, not in the opening scenario, which only sets up the thought experiment. What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? Should I lie against my right? What will happen when bad things happen to a God-fearing Man? Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me. The very same page of Talmud suggests that Job is not a real person and that the whole book is just an allegory; also, that Job was the contemporary of Jacob or Abraham. Omnipotence and other Theological Mistakes. The language in Job is unlike any other found in the Bible, or outside it.
Curtis Canfield, the cast included James Shepherd as J. Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it. One would think from this outcome that Job's fiends were in the right: Job had , and only the appearance of God brings him to the admission of this. And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment? This response pleases God, but he is upset with Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar for spouting poor and theologically unsound advice. One of Job's more hopeful declarations is also used, particularly by Christian preachers, to demonstrate Job's faith in the of the dead at the second coming of. If now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words.