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“Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter in soul; Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures; Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave? Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in? For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters. For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me…” - Job 3:20-26.

Comment:

Job passed through several fiery trials but remained steadfast. First, he lost to Sabean bands his 500 yoke of oxen and 500 she asses. His servants who were with them were also killed. Then fire came from the sky and burnt up 7000 sheep and the servants (except one servant who came to tell the story). The Chaldeans also came in three bands and carried away 3000 camels and slew the servants and, lastly, his seven sons and three daughters were killed when “a great wind from the wilderness smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon them. Seeing that Job remained steadfast, the devil struck him with illness. Next the devil came through his wife who urged him to “curse God and die”. Even Job's three friends when they saw him from afar could not recognize him anymore. They lifted up their voices, and wept. (Job 1:1-22; 2:8-10) For passing the test of faith, Job was rewarded double for all he lost at the hands of the devil. (Job 42:10-17).

Apostle James stated, “Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” - James 5:10, 11.

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