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Job is a manblameless and uprightone who feared God and turned away from evil 11 He is pious rich and the head of a large family Then on a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord 16 God asks his adversary Satan what he thinks of Jobs righteousness Satan proposes that Job would curse God if he were to lose all his wealth so God and Satan agree to test Job Satan proceeds to take away Jobs possessions his sons and finally inflicts Job with a hideous skin desease Job refuses to curse God Three of his friends having heard of his misery now arrive to comfort him but are shocked at their first sight of Job After Job complains of this terrible outcome the story consists of speeches from his three friends The gist of the speeches of the three friends is that Jobs misfortunes and suffering must result from some form of wickedness on the part of Job and therefore he is justly served Jobs friends can only offer and spout dogma and fail to offer any type of empathy to his personal experience Job the sufferer is to his three friends who observe and judge as personal experience is to religious dogma Job claims that he is innocent and becomes angry and impatient with his friends and God As a result Job seeks explanation for his sufferings Oh that I had one to hear me Here is my signature Let the Almighty answer me 3135 Elihu a fourth friend enters the sory and proposes that Job had added rebellion to his sin 3437 by questioning Gods judgment Elihu believes the Almightyis great in power and justice 3723 In the next section God speaks from out of a whirlwind and puts a stop to Job and his friends argument God seems to ignore Jobs desire for an
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