Job

Job (Johb)

The book of, a book in the OT classed among the Writings, situated between the historical and prophetic books in English Bibles. A major example of wisdom literature, the book of Job explores the questions of undeserved suffering and the nature and purpose of human piety through conversations between Job and his so-called friends and divine speeches.


Outline of Contents

Job

I. Prose prologue: Job’s calamity (Job 1-2)

II. Job’s opening soliloquy (Job 3)

III. Dialogues with friends (Job 4-27)

A. First cycle of dialogues (Job 4-14)

B. Second cycle of dialogues (Job 15-21)

C. Third cycle of dialogues (Job 22-27)

IV. Monologues (Job 28-37)

A. Meditation on the inaccessibility of wisdom (Job 28)

B. Job’s concluding soliloquy and oath (Job 29-31)

C. The “inspired” utterance of Elihu (Job 32-37)

V. Dialogues with God (Job 38:1-42:6)

A. God’s first answer from the whirlwind (Job 38:1-40:2)

B. Job’s first response (Job 40:3-5)

C. God’s second answer (Job 40:6-41:34)

D. Job’s second response (Job 42:1-6)

VI. Prose epilogue: Job’s restoration (Job 42:7-17)

Job 1-2

Job and His Family
1There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. ... View more

Job 3

Job Curses the Day He Was Born
1After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.2Job said:3“Let the day perish in which I was born,
and the nigh ... View more

Job 4-27

Eliphaz Speaks: Job Has Sinned
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:2“If one ventures a word with you, will you be offended?
But who can keep from speaking?3See, ... View more

Job 4-14

Eliphaz Speaks: Job Has Sinned
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:2“If one ventures a word with you, will you be offended?
But who can keep from speaking?3See, ... View more

Job 15-21

Eliphaz Speaks: Job Undermines Religion
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:2“Should the wise answer with windy knowledge,
and fill themselves with the east win ... View more

Job 22-27

Eliphaz Speaks: Job's Wickedness Is Great
1Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:2“Can a mortal be of use to God?
Can even the wisest be of service to him?3Is it a ... View more

Job 28-37

Interlude: Where Wisdom Is Found
1“Surely there is a mine for silver,
and a place for gold to be refined.2Iron is taken out of the earth,
and copper is smelted ... View more

Job 28

Interlude: Where Wisdom Is Found
1“Surely there is a mine for silver,
and a place for gold to be refined.2Iron is taken out of the earth,
and copper is smelted ... View more

Job 29-31

Job Finishes His Defense
1Job again took up his discourse and said:2“Oh, that I were as in the months of old,
as in the days when God watched over me;3when his ... View more

Job 32-37

Elihu Rebukes Job's Friends
1So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.2Then Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite, of the fa ... View more

Job 38:1-42:6

The Lord Answers Job
1Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:2“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?3Gird up your loins like a m ... View more

Job 38:1-40:2

The Lord Answers Job
1Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:2“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?3Gird up your loins like a m ... View more

Job 40:3-5

Job's Response to God
3Then Job answered the Lord:4“See, I am of small account; what shall I answer you?
I lay my hand on my mouth.5I have spoken once, and I wi ... View more

Job 40:6-41:34

God's Challenge to Job
6Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:7“Gird up your loins like a man;
I will question you, and you declare to me.8Will you ev ... View more

Job 42:1-6

Job Is Humbled and Satisfied
1Then Job answered the Lord:2“I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.3‘Who is this that hi ... View more

Job 42:7-17

Job's Friends Are Humiliated
7After the Lord had spoken these words to Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My wrath is kindled against you and against ... View more

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