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This story is about Job (from the land of Uz), a good man who feared God and stayed away from evil and who was quite wealthy. Satan (the Accuser) requested that God test this man Job by having him suffer. Job lost his children and his wealth. Job replied (Job1:21), "...The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the Name of the Lord be praised." Job then lost his health and wished he had never been born. Three of Job's friends tried to convince him that he must have sinned terribly to be in his condition. Job denied that he had done anything to deserve his pain but he questioned God, saying that his "Advocate" (i.e., possibly guardian angel) should witness his innocence (Job 16:19). Job said of wisdom (Job 28:17), "Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it, nor can it be had for jewels of gold." And (Job 28:28), he said that to fear the Lord is true wisdom and to forsake evil is true understanding. A new, young friend pointed out that his questioning God itself was wrong and that man could never understand God. God spoke to Job of the creation and of powerful creatures (Job 40 and 41), "behemoth" (possibly the elephant) and "leviathan" (with fire from its mouth and smoke from its nostrils -- like a dragon), thus showing His power and showing that man should not question God. Job repented for questioning God and was given twice the wealth as before and lived to very old age (140 years beyond this testing). The story points out that suffering or wealth should not be directly related to sin/evildoing: or, sometimes good people suffer and sometimes bad people prosper.


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