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Wisdom In Book Of Job

             The book of Job is a fable rich with intellectual meanings and lessons to be learned. The book attempts to rationalize the ways of God and human suffering. The themes of the story are faith in God, fate of the wicked human being and wisdom. These elements are developed dramatically in the story. Among these elements the theme and quest for wisdom is more visible than others.
             Job was a righteous man who lived in Utz with his seven sons and three daughters. He was a very wealthy man of his time. Each year, he held a banquet where Job would have each of this children purified for fear they might have sinned and cursed God in their hearts. However, his fate was changed when God's wrath came down to him invoked by the accusing angel. He lost his children, wealth and his health was destroyed in the most horrific form. Hence, Job refused to commit sin by cursing God for all of his sufferings. Job had three friends: Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Nammatite. They heard about his misery and came to offer their sympathy and grief to him. .
             Job finally broke down and curses the day he was born. He wondered why life was given to a person who desires only death. In his words "Who wait for a death that never comes, though they would rather dig for it than gold" (verse 3:22). Eliphaz, the most significant among the three answered him first by saying that Job helped others in their bad times and his innocence and righteousness will restore his fate back. However, he tries to put blame on Job that he has committed sin and therefore he is suffering. His deceiving comments are found in verses 4:20 and 15:13 where he states, "God does not trust His own courtiers sees folly in His own angels." He went on by saying, "How can mortal man be guiltless, how can woman's brood be innocent". Job however, doesn't accept Eliphaz's view that he must have committed sin and feels that his argument was irrelevant for the circumstances.

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