Explain the statement in Job: “God giveth and God taketh away”

Question: Explain the statement in Job: “God giveth and God taketh away.” Answer: “He said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD'” (Job 1:21). Job realized that we didn’t bring anything with us…

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The Plea for a Daysman

by Jarrod M. Jacobs Job chapter nine records one of the speeches Job made when defending himself against Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. This speech in chapter nine is somewhat different from the others. Job does not spend much of his speech responding directly to Bildad and what he said in chapter eight. In chapter nine,…

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What is the proper translation of Job 22:6?

Question: Dear Jeff, We use quite a bit of your material in our bulletin with links to your site. For your consideration: I found your article on Modest Apparel.  The context of Job 22:6 does not seem to support your contention that Job was disrobing the naked (as if humiliating the immodest person), but rather being accused…

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Which book should be first, Job or Genesis?

Question: I’m confused. A brother mentioned what I understood to mean that Job was to be the first book in the Bible and not Genesis. Since then I have done my own research and am now seriously confused. The way I see it is “Does it really matter?” There are considerably good points brought up…

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Becoming Wise Men

by Steven Harper When Job had suffered some great losses due to the devil’s personal attack on him, we are told “when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together…

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Is Job 36:26 saying we can never exhaust the knowledge of God?

Question: I would like to get your opinion to see if I am interpreting the Bible correctly on this one passage. Job 36:26 American Standard Version: Behold, God is great, and we know him not; The number of his years is unsearchable. Stated this way I believe it is telling me that God is greater…

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How long did Job suffer?

Question: During our midweek services the question was asked; “How long did Job suffer?” According to Job 2:13, it lasted for 7 days and 7 nights.  But then I read Job 7:3 and the implication is months. What are your thoughts? Answer: We don’t know. Job 7:3 says, “So I have been allotted months of…

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Was Job a Gentile?

Question: Was Job a Gentile? Answer: The word Gentile means “belonging to a nation, tribe, or clan.” The Israelites used it to refer to people who were not Israelites, foreigners who belonged to other nations. Job is believed to be a contemporary of Abraham because of some of the references to the flood in the…

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