Old Testament of the Christian Bible. It has been widely and often extravagantly praised for its literary qualities, with Alfred, Lord Tennyson calling it “the greatest poem of ancient and modern times”. The Book of Job consists of a prose prologue and epilogue narrative framing poetic dialogues and monologues. It is common to view the narrative frame as the original core of the knowing god personally pdf, enlarged later by the poetic dialogues and discourses, and sections of the book such as the Elihu speeches and the wisdom poem of chapter 28 as late insertions, but recent trends have tended to concentrate on the book’s underlying editorial unity.
Job’s Tormentors’ from William Blake’s Illustrations for the Book of Job. The prologue on earth shows the righteous Job blessed with wealth and sons and daughters.
God were to take away everything that Job had, then he would surely curse God. God allows Satan to afflict his body with boils. Job sits in ashes, and his wife prompts him to “curse God, and die,” but Job answers: “Shall we receive good from God and shall we not receive evil? His three friends Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, console him.
The friends do not waver in their belief that Job’s suffering is a punishment for sin, for God causes no one to suffer innocently, and they advise him to repent and seek God’s mercy. Job responds with scorn: a just God would not treat him so harshly, patience in suffering is impossible, and the Creator should not take his creatures so lightly, to come against them with such force. Where is wisdom to be found?
Job contrasts his previous fortune with his present plight, an outcast, mocked and in pain. He protests his innocence, lists the principles he has lived by, and demands that God answer him. God, who reveals it through dreams and visions to those who will then declare their knowledge. God speaks from a whirlwind.