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@Joseph's reference document (positing this statement as "euphemism"; mentioned in his comment above) is most compelling to me. Here are some similar suggestions from scholarly commentaries: From John Hartley, NICOT (p. 65, n.7): The word translated "curse", barak (also in 2:5. 9), which usually means "bless," is used euphemistically. Many consider it a ...


It is obvious that Satan's greatest test of Job was brought to bear through the three friends. The over-arching chiastic structure begins and ends with a storm; what happens between is thus of most importance. If the Accuser's attack is viewed as complete before chapter 3, how is one to make any sense of the book? Chapters 1 and 2 set the stage; with ...

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