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The book of Job is the story of a "righteous sufferer" (Job 1-2; 42) framing a set of dialogues (Job 3-41) in which Job's plight is debated.

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Should Job 22:23-25 be understood as a sequential list?

I'm a 2nd year undergrad Bible student so I haven't been able to take Hebrew so I don't know how to interpret this- don't be afraid to give me details however, I am still nerdy and like to use ...
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Why does Job in 9:20 persists to plead his case later on?

Job desires to present his case before God in many chapters, one being 13:3. However, in 9:20 he recognizes that if he did this, he would condemn himself and God would prove him wrong. Even if I ...
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What's the basis for the Book of Job being history and not a parable?

And in addition, what is the basis behind the popular notion that it was set in the 2000s BC, also the same time period that Abraham allegedly lived in according to a conservative model of the Bible's ...
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Is Luke 21:28 alluding to Job 10:14-17?

[Luk 21:28 ESV] (28) Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." [Job 10:14-17 ESV] (14) If I sin, you watch me and do ...
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How often should we visit those in distress according to James 1:27?

In James 1:27 it says Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. - James 1:27 ...
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In Job 8:11-19 what ancient wisdom is Bildad quoting?

In Job chapter 8, Bildad the Shuhite, in an attempt to show that Job was a hypocrite, makes an appeal to ancient wisdom (verses 8-10). Job 8:11-19: For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, ...
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Was sin the cause of the death of Job's children as stated in Job 8?

Earlier on during a conversation between God and Satan it seems what was on trial was Job's faith. Job 2 (NIV) 3 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one ...
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Which words were spoken by the Lord in Job 42?

Job 42:7 NASB 7 It came about after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, because you ...
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In what sense did Job see God? (Job 42:5)

I had heard about you with my ears, but now my eye sees you; — ‭‭(Job)‬ ‭42:5‬ ‭ Given that in some situations no man can see God and live (Exodus 33:20), yet in other situations God is seen and ...
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Does Job 38:13-14 say that God sees the earth “as a clay seal”?

Is G d seeing the earth as one big clay/wax seal or is He being misleading to suggest that it looks this way or is He just operating within the cosmology of those alive then despite it conflicting ...
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In Acts 26:1 why does Paul stretch out his hand before beginning his defense?

In a courtroom setting and facing serious charges before King Agrippa II Paul is permitted by the king to make his defense. Luke says "Paul stretched out his hand" and began his defense: [Act 26:1-...
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Why did testing come to Job? (Job 23:10) ERV

Why did testing come to Job? (Job 23:10) ERV (Easy-to-Read Version) "But God knows me. He is TESTING [caps, mine] me and will see that I am as pure as gold" (Job 23:10). I.e., why do the ...
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How had God hedged in Job? (Job 3:23)

How had God hedged in Job in Job 3:23? Job Speaks Job 3:23 Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in? Compare or contrast Job 1:10 (1:8-10 but especially ...
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Job 9:13 and the word “Rahab?”

I’ve seen plenty of dispute over the meaning of the word “Rahab” in Job 9:13. (not Rahab the prostitute) It can mean “haughty,” but it also can mean “sea monster” (like the word “Leviathan” in Job 3:...
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In Job 26:5 why are Rephaim under the ocean?

YLT Job 26:5 The Rephaim are formed, Beneath the waters, also their inhabitants.
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Why did ancient people think that mountains have roots?

The Bible mentions in Jonah 2:6 and Job 28:9 that mountains have roots. Why would they believe that? Edit: I was more interested as to why, in the absence of any evidence, they would think so. What ...
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In Job 42 why was Elihu not equally rebuked?

In the final chapters of Job, what happened to Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite, of the clan of Ram? In Job 42:7 God rebuked job’s friends and ordered them to offer burnt offering to Job for ...
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What is Job's complaint in Job 24:1?

Young's Literal has this: YLT Job 24:1 Wherefore from the Mighty One Times have not been hidden, And those knowing Him have not seen His days. There seems to be some concern about the "times" ...
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What is Job 24:22 saying about the rich and powerful?

Some take this to say that God establishes the powerful, others that he "drags them away". The ESV says God "prolongs" the life of the rich and powerful: ESV Job 24:22: Yet God prolongs the life ...
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Is the Book of Job a parable or an actual account?

It seems there are so many instances in the Book of Job that could force interpreters to classify it as a parable/allegory. Let me point out one of them here. There seems to be a sharp literary ...
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Why did Satan take everything Job had (his sons, daughters, and all his wealth) but spared his wife?

Why did Satan take everything Job had (his sons, daughters, and all his wealth) but spared his wife? In Job 1:12, 2:6 - the only thing Satan did not have permission to do was to take Job’s life.
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Who was the original audience for the story of Job?

Was the story Hebrew in origin? Would it have been intended as a metaphor for the people undergoing a period of suffering, and to encourage them not to turn against God, or was it adapted from another ...
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I am seeking examples of “interludes” (an abrupt change of tone and content which breaks the flow of the surrounding passages) in the Bible ala Job 28 [closed]

Job 28 is often considered to be an interlude because there is an abrupt change of tone and content which breaks the flow of the surrounding passages (the dialogues between Job and his friends). Are ...
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Are the Sons of God divine or human in Job and Genesis 6? [duplicate]

I have always assumed they were Divine, in accordance with the views of Michael Heiser, but these websites suggest otherwise: enter link description here https://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/...
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Why could Satan take the lives of Job's servants and Children but not touch Job's? [closed]

Why could Satan take the lives of Job's servants and Children but not touch Job's? I know in the text the answer is that God didn't give him permission to take Job's life, but God also didn't say you ...
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Who is the source of Job's afflictions in Job 1& 2?

In one instance it seems like God is afflicting Job Job 1:11 (KJV) 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. Job 1:16 (KJV) 16 While he ...
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Is Job 32:8 equating “the breath of life” of Genesis 2:7 with the Holy Spirit?

International Standard Version Job 32:8 However, a spirit exists in mankind, and the Almighty's breath gives him insight." https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/Job/32/8 New International Version ...
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Why is there no pronoun attached to the reflexive 'abhor' of Job in 42:6?

Last year I put the book of Job into poetic verse, referenced from selected translations as I am not an Hebrew scholar. I have never been content with the last verse as there appears to be a ...
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What is Eliphaz explaining in Job 4:12-21?

Job's friend Eliphaz shares: 12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof. 13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men, 14 ...
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Is Job 15:7 referring to wisdom from Proverbs 8:25 or to Adam?

NET Bible Job 15:7 Were you the first man ever born? Were you brought forth before the hills? Proverbs 8:25 before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth, ...
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“Satan” as a proper name [duplicate]

I have heard that, in the entire Tanakh, "satan" always appears as "ha satan"--that is "the satan" and that it is at best a title, not a proper name so that even Jewish translators who write it in Job ...
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Job 16:8 - translation

I'm struggling to understand Job 16v8, specifically why it is translated as it is in the majority of versions. This link gives many translations; http://biblehub.com/job/16-8.htm You can see that ...
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In Job 14:17, what is the meaning of the phrase “my transgression is sealed up in a bag”?

In Job 14:17, it is written, My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity. KJV, 1769 חָתֻם בִּצְרוֹר פִּשְׁעִי וַתִּטְפֹּל עַל עֲוֹנִי ḥātum biṣrōwr pišʿî wattiṭpōl ...
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Does Job take place between Genesis and Exodus?

I started reading a Bible plan that claims to be chronological. However, after the last chapter of Genesis, it started Job. After the end of Job, it continued into Exodus. All of my attempts at ...
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Why is the description of Leviathan much longer than the Behemoth's in Job?

Towards the end of God's speech in the book of Job, he presents to Job two seeming beasts: Behemoth and Leviathan. These two seem to be somewhat parallel to each other, the former perhaps being the ...
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What is Job saying he believes about death and what follows in Job 14?

Job makes several interesting statements in chapter 14 about death. 10 But a man dies and is laid low; man breathes his last, and where is he? 11 As waters fail from a lake and a river ...
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Does the book of Job describe a Dragon?

Towards the end of Job are two passages which describe beasts that resemble dragons: Job 40:15-20: “Behold, Behemoth, which I made as I made you; he eats grass like an ox. Behold, his strength in ...
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Meaning behind Job's three daughters' names? Job 42:14

And he called the name of the first daughter Jemimah, and the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-happuch. (Job 42:14) These are his three new daughters after God restored ...
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Different chapter verse numbering in Job 40 between Masoretic and other texts

Can someone explain how there came to be different chapter/verse numberings in Chapter 40 of the book of Job? MT 40:25 becomes 41:1 in many other Bibles. Thanks!
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Whose נְבָלָ֔ה in Job 42:8?

When translating Job 42:8, most English Bibles are basically the same as ESV: Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. ...
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Not keep silent or to make silent in Job 41:12?

Job 41:4 (MT; v. 12 in English versions): NRSV: I will not keep silence concerning its limbs ... ESV: I will not keep silence concerning his limbs ... NASB: I will not keep silence concerning ...
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Hope or no hope in Job 13:15?

Job 13:15a NRSV: See, he will kill me; I have no hope ... ESV: Though he slay me, I will hope in him ... BHS: הֵן יִקְטְלֵנִי לֹא [לוֹ] אֲיַחֵל The difference rests on whether to prefer the ...
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Why does Job use “bless” to mean “curse”?

This is bizarre to me, and as far as I can find HALOT (a Hebrew lexicon) doesn't even mention it.1 There are 8 instances of brk – the normal word for "bless" – in Job.2 The ESV is ...
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What is the literary genre of Job: history or story?

Since the Book of Job says that God allowed Satan to attack, or test Job, and also that God already knew the outcome, is it possible that this is just a story, an extended parable, etc.? Or, does ...
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God and angels in Job 4:18 and 15:15

Two related verses in Job seem to place God in an unexpected relationship with his angels: 'He puts no trust even in His servants; And against His angels He charges error. Job 4:18 (NASB) ...
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Translation and historical background of Job 29:6a

Various Translations Job 29:6a is translated various ways. The apparently more literal one's being: (KJV) When I washed my steps with butter (NASB) When my steps were bathed in butter [NET ...
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What does “in” mean in Job 2:2?

The King James Version of Job 2:2 reads: And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and ...
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Job1:6: Who are the “sons of God”?

Who are the sons of God in the following verse? Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. (KJV, Job 1:6)
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Why does the singular form of שַׂעֲרָה appear in Job 4:15?

In the Book of Job, Eliphaz relates one palpable experience he had with a "רוּחַ" (translated spirit in the NASB), which had caused the hair of his body to stand on end. In Job 4:14-16 we read the ...
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What did Satan mean, when he replied to God, “Skin for Skin”?

In the Book of Job, after Job has went through his first test from Satan there is another gathering in Heaven and, once again, Satan is there (Job 2:1-3). The result of this gathering is that Job will ...