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Hi Kim,

In the Book of Job, the entirety of Job's family (save his wife) is slaughtered by Satan, and all his material goods are carried off. And he said:

Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. (Job 1:21-22)

Next, Job's health is trashed -- the adversary afflicts him from head to toe with boils.

And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes. (Job 2:8)

Finally (and I still get a good chuckle every time I read this), his wife gives up, and she herself becomes a test -- perhaps THE most daunting test this "perfect and upright" man was yet subjected to:

Then said his wife uto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? Curse God, and die. (Job 2:9)

You see, what is oftentimes overlooked in a study of this text is that Job's wife was likewise subjected to all the horror Job was. Those were also her children that were butchered. That was also her substance being driven off over the horizon. That was also her husband sitting in the ashes scraping his boils. Seeing it from her perspective, everything associated with her was being eaten up. It's telling, I think, that the boils was the last straw -- I think she had every reason to believe that she was next in the adversary's testing of her husband . . .

Regards,
Mark

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