The Book of Job by AnonymousThe theme of The Book of Job is nothing less than human suffering and the transcendence of it: it pulses with moral energy, outrage, and spiritual insight.
Now, The Book of Job has been rendered into English by the eminent translator and scholar Stephen Mitchell, whose versions of Rilke, Israeli poetry, and the Tao Te Ching have been widely praised. This is the first time ever that the Hebrew verse of Job has been translated into verse in any language, ancient or modern, and the result is a triumph.
Job Bible Story Summary with Lesson
Jump to navigation. Job had a good life and trusted completely in God, but then many terrible things happened to him for example, he lost all his children and fell ill. In spite of his terrible fate, he continued to trust in God. Hast thou not put a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.
Set in Uz, an obscure land far from Israel, during an unknown time period, the book of Job focuses on questions about God's justice and why good people suffer. At the same time, it also asks the question we rarely think to ask, why do good people prosper? Throughout the book, Job, his wife, and his friends speculate on why he, an upright man, suffers. Job accuses God of being unjust and not operating the world according to principles of justice, and his friends believe that Job's sin caused his suffering. Job decides to talk directly to God. God reminds him that the world has order and beauty but is also wild and dangerous.
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See Important Quotations Explained. Job is a wealthy man living in a land called Uz with his large family and extensive flocks. Satan challenges God that, if given permission to punish the man, Job will turn and curse God. In the course of one day, Job receives four messages, each bearing separate news that his livestock, servants, and ten children have all died due to marauding invaders or natural catastrophes. Job tears his clothes and shaves his head in mourning, but he still blesses God in his prayers. Satan appears in heaven again, and God grants him another chance to test Job. This time, Job is afflicted with horrible skin sores.