About this book
In this book we read the story of a man called Job. Job was a rich man. But
Some of the events that you read about in this part of the book (to Chapter 2 verse 7) happen in
Satan destroys everything that Job owns Satan kills Job’s children
What Job did
Job’s friends come to try to help him
So many bad things have happened. Job knows that God is good. So he does not understand why these things have happened. He thinks that God is not fair. And he has so many troubles and so much pain that he wants to die.
Job speaks to God about the things that have happened
Forget the night when a son was born to my parents.
I want it to be as dark as night.
Hide it from the thoughts of everyone.
Do not let people be happy on that date.
Let those people
Do not let the sun shine at dawn.
My mother should have let me die.
Those kings had lived in buildings that had been beautiful. And I would be with them.
Then I would not have lived to wake each day.
Then I would not have had a life full of trouble.
This is true for people who have done wrong things during their lives.
And people who have been very tired during their lives can rest.
It is a place where slaves do not hear the voice of a master.
Slaves are free there. They do not have a master there.
So I want to know why God lets people like me live.
They would rather die than discover gold.
They do not know what will happen to them.
They feel like people that God has put in a prison.
I cannot drink because I weep all the time.
Now Job’s friend Eliphaz tries to explain to Job why bad things have happened. He says that God is kind to good people. And he
Job’s friend Eliphaz speaks to him
But I have to say something because this is important.
You have taught many people.
And you have helped weak people.
And you have helped weak people to hope.
And you feel sad and weak because of your troubles.
Go on being afraid to make God angry.
And try to live the right way.
Many people live the right way. They do not die while they are young.
God does not kill people who only do good things.
Bad people have trouble in their lives.
In fact they have troubles that they cause for themselves.
They are like a farmer.
The things that he has planted grow in his field.
And he will kill them.
When God is angry it is like a strong wind.
When he is angry bad people die. They die like they would in a bad storm.
But if God breaks a
And the young
Bad people may be strong too.
But, if God is angry, they cannot fight him.
Someone spoke to me and told me a secret.
Even my bones were
My hairs stood up.
Everything was quiet and then I heard the voice. I heard these words:
He knows that no one is completely good.
And we are as weak as insects that fly.
So we cannot hope to have lives with no troubles.
Insects are born after dawn and they die before the end of the day.
No one will ever see them again.
Our lives are so short that they seem like that.
When you remove the
So a small thing can cause us to die.
And often people learn nothing during their lives.” ’
‘You may shout, Job, and ask someone to help you. But no one will answer you.
Even if you ask the
He may want to have the things that they have. He may die because he wants them too much.
And his life seems to be comfortable. But soon God sends trouble to him.
Then no one will say that his children are honest.
And other people use his money to buy their drinks.
And troubles do not come from the ground.
So every man that is born has troubles in his life.
I suggest that you tell him about your problems.
Nobody can count the surprising things that he has done.
He sends water for the fields.
Some people are sad because someone has died. But God makes those people safe.
But God will not let them do such things.
And he causes them to stop doing those things.
They can see no better in the day than at night.
And he stops bad people from hitting them.
But those who do wrong things must be quiet.
He may decide that you should have difficulties in your life.
Do not be sad if the
He may hurt you, but he will give you health again.
Many times, he will keep you safe from danger.
And he will also keep you alive if there is a war.
And you will not be afraid when people attack you.
You will not be afraid of wild animals.
And there will be no danger in your fields.
And you will find that they are all there.
It will not be any easier to count them than to count the grass in a field.
So you will live until it is the right time for you to die. And you will have good health until you die.
So listen to what we say. And do what we suggest.’
Now Job tells Eliphaz that he has not done any wrong things. His friends have disappointed him because they have not been able to help him. And he is angry with God, too.
Job replies to Eliphaz
or to weigh my pains!
That is why I have spoken so quickly. And I did not think before I spoke.
Their poison is in my body. I am very afraid of what God is going to do to me.
If you only eat the white part of an egg, it will not be very nice.
Whatever I eat makes me ill.
When I pray he does not answer.
And I have always done what he has told me to do.
So, because I know that, I am ready to die.
There is no reason why I should be patient.
God did not make my body from
And there is nowhere that I can go to get help.
Friends who are not like that have stopped being afraid to make God angry.
You are like some rivers. Sometimes there is water and sometimes there is no water.
They leave the proper paths and they die in the
But they are all disappointed.
But when they arrive, they are disappointed.
You see what has happened to me. And you are afraid.
Nor have I asked you to pay money so that I could be free.
Nor have I asked you to help me get free from cruel people.
Tell me if I have done something wrong.
You may argue with me. But the things that you say mean nothing.
There is nothing more that I can hope for in this life. You know that.
You would even sell your best friend.
I only tell you things that are true.
Think again. I want people to know that I am an honest man.
I know what is right. And I know what is wrong.
They have to work every day like servants.
A servant waits until his master pays him.
Every night, when I lie down to sleep, I am sad.
But it does not end, and I cannot sleep. At last, dawn comes.
All of my skin is painful.
But I cannot hope that it will get any better.’
I know that I will never be happy again.
You will look for me, but I will have gone.
That is like a person who dies. He never returns to the earth.
People who knew him soon forget him.
I will speak to say how very sad I feel.
But I do not understand why you have to watch me every day.
Perhaps my pain will be less when I am asleep.
I am afraid when I see things in the night.
My life has no meaning.
So let me die alone.
You seem to have a lot of interest in men.
And you seem to check what they are doing at each moment of the day.
I would like to know why you are like that.
It seems that I cannot be alone, even for a moment.
You watch what men do. I know that. But I do not know what I have done to you.
I do not know why you have chosen to watch me.
You seem to think that I have caused trouble for you.
I do not know why you do not
Soon I will die and my friends will bury me.
Then you will look for me, but you will not find me.’
Now Bildad tells Job that God is powerful. And he says that God is always fair. So if Job lives the right way, his life will soon be better. In chapters 9 and 10, Job will answer Bildad. Job knows that God is powerful. He knows that God is
Job’s friend Bildad speaks to him
He spoke to Job. And this is what he said.
Your words are like the wind.
Because of the things that they did, God
and you should ask the
You may have lived the right way.
Then he will hear you when you speak to him.
And he will give back to you the things that you have lost.
God will give you much more than you had before.
Try to discover what they learned.
They are so short that we learn nothing.
Listen to what they said. Then you will learn from them.
And plants can only live if they have water.
But if they have no water, they will soon die.
They cannot hope to live. They, too, will die before they are old.
It is as weak as a
He holds all his things as well as he can. But in the end, they will leave him.’
The weeds grow all over the garden.
and they find space between rocks.
Then no one will remember that they had been there.
But other plants will grow in the ground where they had been.
Nor will he hurry to help a bad man.
And you will have reasons to laugh again. And you will smile again, too.
And they will even lose their homes.’
Job replies to Bildad
But God will not agree that anyone is completely honest.
But God can ask 1000 questions which we cannot answer.
It is impossible to argue with him.
When he is angry he can knock them down.
He can even move it from the place where it belongs.
He can stop the stars shining at night.
He did not need anyone to help him. And he tells the seas what they should do.
He made the
They are all there in the shapes that he decided.
And nobody can count the surprising things that he has done.
He may go somewhere else. And I cannot see where he has gone.
No one can ask him what he is doing.
They may fight against him but they will not beat him.
There are no words that I can use.
I can only ask him to be
But even then he would not listen to the things that I say.
He would hurt me for no reason.
Instead, he would make me very sad.
And no one can ask him to explain what he has done.
But my words do not show that this is true.
I may be completely honest.
But when I speak, no one believes me.
But my life is not important and I hate myself.
So I say, “God kills both good people and very bad people.”
But even if he is very sad, God does not do anything to help him.
It must be God who lets those things happen.
I do not know anyone else that would do that.
But even if I live for many years, I will not be happy.
A bird can catch a small animal in a moment. My life seems to be as short as that.
And I may try to forget about all my troubles.
God does not agree that I am an honest man. I know that.
So I do not see why I should continue to argue with him.
and I might clean my hands with powder.
I would be so dirty that I could not wear my own clothes.
We cannot argue with each other in
What I say may be true. But no one can check if it is true.
If that were possible, then I would not be afraid any more.
But it is not possible, so I cannot speak.
So I will speak about the thoughts that are in my mind.
You may believe that I have done wrong things. Tell me what they are.
And you seem to help very bad people even when they are doing very bad things.
And you seem not to see things as people see them.
You life does not have an end like ours does.
I do not know why you have to do that.
But you also know that no one can save me from you.
But now it seems that you want to kill me.
Now it seems that you want to make me into
So you made my body with only a little material.
and you covered them with skin.
You have always watched me to save me from danger.
I know the thoughts that were in your mind.
And then you would not
But you never see the good things that I do.
Whatever I do, I am ashamed.
Whatever I do, my life is full of trouble.
But then you catch me as a
And you use your power against me.
You become more and more angry with me.
You attack me again and again.
I should have died before anyone saw me.
Or perhaps I should have died straight after my birth.
Turn yourself from me so I can be happy for a moment.
Then I will go to a place from which I cannot return.
In that place, it is as dark as midnight in the middle of the day.” ’
Job’s friend Zophar speaks to him
Now Zophar is really angry with Job. He tells Job that only God knows everything. And he says that Job will be happy again. But he must stop doing wrong things. And Job must say sorry to God for the wrong things that he has done.
Even if you talk a lot, God will still not excuse you.
You are saying wrong things about God. Someone should stop you doing that.
I am an honest man and I live the right way.”
And I wish that he would explain to you his thoughts.
You have done things that were wrong.
But God has forgotten some of those wrong things.
You do not know how powerful he is.
You cannot do that.
He knows what happens after death.
You do not know that.
Neither is the sea big enough to contain it.
you will not be able to answer him.
He sees the wrong things that they do.
And fools do not change their nature and become
You should raise your hands and pray to God.
Do not let people do wrong things in your home.
Instead, you will be strong. And you will not be afraid.
It will be like water that has gone under a bridge long ago. No one remembers it.
All day, it will seem brighter than noon. Even the dark night will seem like the morning.
Then you will know that it is safe to rest.
Many people will ask you to help them.
It would be better if they died.’
Job replies to Zophar
In chapters 12 to 14, Job speaks, first to Zophar and then to God. The things that Zophar has said do not help Job. Job knows everything that Zophar has told him. The wrong things that he has done have not caused his troubles. He knows that. Then Job speaks to God. He asks God to stop making him afraid. And he asks God to stop all the bad things that are happening.
And you think that, after your death, no one else will be
Everyone knows the things that you have told me.
But I pray to God and he answers me.
I have always lived the right way.
But still my friends think that I am a fool.
It is easy for them to think that they are better than people with troubles.
It is easy to push a man who is nearly falling already.
And those people with no troubles are doing something like that.
They make God angry. But they think that they are safe.
Or ask the birds in the air. They will tell you things that are true.
Or let the fish that are in the sea speak to you.
And he decides what the lives of men will be like.
And we learn the things that we hear with our ears.
And they understand more things if they live for a long time.
He is strong and he makes us strong too.
And if God puts someone in prison he must stay there. No one can help that person.
If he sends too much rain, there are
He has power over good people and over bad people.
And he causes leaders to seem like fools.
He gives them instead cloths to tie round them.
Because of what he decides, important men lose their jobs too.
And he removes
And he destroys the power of strong men.
And he makes the shadows of the night shine like the day.
And then he sends them to walk about in the
And he causes them to walk like men who have drunk a lot of alcohol.
I have heard everything that you have said. And I have understood all of it.
You are no better than I am.
And I want him to explain the things that he has done to me.
You are like doctors who cannot make sick people better.
That would be a
Listen to the things that I say.
You are saying things on his behalf; but they are not true.
But I cannot believe that you are really trying to explain his thoughts to me.
Other people may not understand.
But he will see the wrong things that you have done.
Even so, God will still
I am sure that you will be afraid of him.
You are not strong enough to save yourself.
Then I will not cry about the things that happen to me.
But I do want to say what I really think.
But I will explain to him the reason why he should not kill me.
So if I speak to him, it will save me.
Do not forget the things that I say to you.
I have not done anything that was wrong. So I know that he will excuse me.
If you can do that, I will be quiet. And then I will die.
So I want to ask you to do two things.
And stop making me afraid of you.
Or let me speak, and then reply to me.
Show me one wrong thing that I have done.
You seem to think that I am your enemy. I would like to know why you think that.
I am only as strong as dry grass.
So I do not understand why you want to frighten me.
I may have done wrong things when I was young. And you remember them.
You watch me to see where I am going.
You even put marks on my feet so that you can follow me.
I am like an old coat that the insects have eaten.
And his life will be full of trouble.
We are like shadows that soon pass by.
You always want me to explain the wrong things that I have done.
I would like to know why you want me to do that.
No one can change them so that they live like that.
You know the number of months that we will live. And we cannot change that.
I may live like a servant. But please let me enjoy my life.
Instead, new branches will grow.
Its branches may have fallen off and the tree may be nearly dead.
And its branches will start to grow again.
Then they die and they can never live again.
they both become dry.
They will not wake while the sky is above the earth.
Hide me until you are no longer angry with me.
Then decide when you will remember me.
So I will wait until my troubles have stopped.
Then I might hope to have a better life.
Then you will have pleasure, because you made me.
But you will not still remember the wrong things that I have done.
And you will hide them so that you never see them again.
and rocks move from their places.
When the rain falls, nothing remains on the earth.
And in the end, because of the things that you do,
no man can hope to have a better life.
You change his face and you send him away.
Nor does he know if they have wasted their lives.
He does not think about the pain that other people feel.
And when he is sad, he thinks only about himself.’
Eliphaz speaks to Job again
This time, Eliphaz says that Job should not say such bad things about God. He asks Job why he is so angry with God. Job may be a good man. But he cannot be good enough for God. Eliphaz tells Job what will happen to bad people. He seems to think that Job is a bad person. He believes that Job has done wrong things. And he believes that God is
Nor would he use words that mean so little.
The things that you say do not mean anything.
Nor do you want people to pray to him.
You try to be clever. And you try to make people believe you.
Your words themselves show that you are wrong.
You were not alive when God made the hills.
You are not the only
We have as much
They have grey hair and they are older than your father.
That ought to be enough for you.
When we look at you, you seem very angry.
You should not say such bad things when you speak to him.
Nor can anyone say that he has never done wrong things.
When he looks at them, they seem to him to be bad.
Something inside them causes them to want to do wrong things.
Let me tell you what I have seen.
They learned such things from people who lived before them.
So they did not learn any foreign ideas.
Instead, he will have pain during all the years that he lives.
He may think that he is safe. But bad people will attack him and they will rob him.
He is saying, “Where is it?”
He knows that he will soon die.
He is like a king who is frightened before a war.
A man like that thinks that he is more important than the
He even tries to attack God.
And he may be very fat.
And he will not have a home because people will have destroyed his house.
He may have had many valuable things. He will have lost those too.
He will not get back anything. His money will have no value.
He will not be able to do all the things that he wanted to do.
Such people may have done wrong things to get homes for themselves.
If they have done that, fire will destroy those homes.
Other people have trouble because of the things that they do.
And through all their lives they do things that are bad.’
Job replies to Eliphaz
Now Job replies to his friends. Nothing that they have said has helped him. They have not been able to make him happy again. Job understands that God
Nor do you make me any happier.
You have no reason to answer me.
I could speak about the wrong things that you have done.
I would say things that made you happier.
And if I stop speaking, my pain is still there.
You have killed my whole family.
And you do not let me move.
I am so thin that people can see my bones.
People think that you made me like this because of the wrong things in my life.
And I can see how angry he is.
They are not afraid of me and they even slap my face.
He let them do these things to me.
Then he held me and everything changed.
He held my neck and he hurt me.
He has made me his
He tears my body and my blood falls on the ground. Still he does not feel sorry for me.
He rushes at me like a soldier.
I sit among ashes to show that he has beaten me.
I am so tired that there are shadows under my eyes.
And when I pray, I speak honestly to God.
I want them always to hear my cry for help.
I have a friend in that high place who knows about God’s rules.
My tears fall to the ground.
I want someone to speak to God on my behalf.
And I will never again return to this earth.
Then my friends will bury me in the ground.
I have to stand and watch them.
There is nobody else who can help me.
But I do not want them to think that they were right.
They wanted people to think that they were clever.
Now I want you to make their children
Do this, God, because of what they have said about me.
You, God, have caused them to be like this.
I am so thin that I am like a shadow.
They are angry because I seem to be so bad.
And people who only do good things get stronger.
I will not find a
I will not be able to do the things that I wanted to do.
They say that it is nearly morning. But I know that it is still dark.
There I will lie in the dark.
And I might say to the
Or I might speak to the
I might say to them, “Hello, my mother. Hello, my sister.”
No one can find anything that is better for me.
I will have lost everything that I had hoped for.’
Bildad speaks to Job again
Now Bildad tells Job how God will
You should not think that we are as silly as that.
You may be very angry, but you will not be able to change anything.
You may be angry. But that will not make the earth move.
Nor will you be able to make the rocks move from their place.
His fire will stop burning.
And the light that is near him will go out.
The things that he decided to do have confused him.
It is on the path in front of him.
He thinks that there is trouble everywhere.
If he makes a mistake, he will have many troubles.
When he is nearly dead, he will not be able to use his arms or his legs.
It will be like a man who goes to meet a bad king. Then the bad person will be really afraid.
They will live there after they have lit a fire to clean the house.
He is like a tree whose branches have fallen off.
No one will remember him now.
He will go to a place where it is always dark.
He will have no family to live in his house where he lived.
People who lived in the west heard about them too.
And they were all afraid because of what they heard.
They happened because he is a bad man.
And they happened because he did not know God.’
Job replies to Bildad
Now Job is angry with his friends because of the things that they have said. He thinks that God has gone away. He feels that he is alone. He is sad because his friends and his family see him as a stranger. But then Job says something that is very special (verses 25 to 27). He believes that God will save him. Even if he dies, God will make him alive again. He is sure that, some day, he will see God.
You should not still be doing that after such a long time.
And you have been quick to say bad things about me.
But the things that I have done have not hurt you.
My troubles do not mean that I am a bad person.
But you seem to think that they do mean that.
He is trying to catch me in a
I shouted and I asked for help. But no one came to help me.
He made my path dark so that I could not see the way to go.
He has caused people to think that I am a bad person.
I am like a tree that he has dug out of the ground.
There is nothing more that I can hope for in my life.
I am one of the people that he sees as his enemies.
They are all round me.
And my friends think that I am a stranger.
And my best friends have forgotten me.
And my servants think that I come from a foreign country.
Even when I ask him again, he still does not come to me.
My brothers will not come near me.
When I appear, they turn away from me.
People that I have loved do not want to be my friends.
I could easily have died.
Be kind because God has been cruel to me.
I want to know why you do the same thing.
I want him to write my words on a
I want people to be able to read them always.
I know that, in the end, he will stand upon the earth.
A ‘redeemer’ is someone who pays another person’s debts. Job uses it here as a name for God. In the
But in this, my body, I will see God.
I really want that to happen soon.
And because of that, you cause me to have even more trouble.
God will decide if you have done good things or bad things.
He may decide that you have done bad things.
And then he may
Zophar speaks to Job again
Sadly, Zophar now says things that do not help Job. He tells him, again, that God will
I have troubles in my mind but I must answer you.
But now I know how to reply to you.
It has been true ever since men lived on the earth.
He will only enjoy his life for a few moments.
He may be very powerful and his head may seem to touch the sky.
‘His head may seem to touch the sky.’ This means that important people seem to be taller than other people.
His friends will ask where he is.
He will be like things that you put into the toilet.
They, too, go away and never come back.
He will have gone, like something that you saw in your dream.
No one will see him in the house where he lived before.
So his children must pay that money back to them.
But he will die and his bones will lie in the ground.
They are like something sweet in his mouth.
That is like a man who keeps something in his mouth to taste it again and again.
It will be like the poison of a snake inside him.
God will say that he should give it all back to them.
But he will not enjoy that oil.
He may have as much cream as there is water in the river.
But he will not enjoy that cream either.
Nor will he enjoy rivers of cream and other sweet things.
He will not enjoy the things that he has worked for.
And he took houses that someone else had built.
But his riches will not save him.
So his good health will not continue.
but he will soon have many troubles.
God will show him how angry he is. And God will
But another soldier, with a bow, will catch him and he will shoot an
Its point hurts him and he is very afraid.
God will send a fire to kill him and to destroy everything that he had.
People on earth have also seen him do those wrong things.
It will be like a
God has decided that this will happen to them.’
Job replies to Zophar
In this chapter, Job says that he wants to argue with God. His friends have told him that God
You can only help me if you hear my words.
You may not agree with me. Then you may want to say bad things about me.
I do not understand why I should be patient.
Put your hand over your mouth.
Then I am afraid and my body becomes weak.
As they get older, they become more powerful. I do not know why this happens.
Their grandchildren make them happy.
God does not
And the children love to dance, too.
And they are happy when they hear the sound of a
They do not have any troubles until the day that they die.
We do not want to know about your ways.”
And they do not see why they should pray to him.
So I do not listen to the things that they say.
Even when God is angry, they do not have troubles.
Nor are they like something that a storm can sweep away.
But I say that God should
Then they will know that they have done wrong things.
They should know that God is angry. And they should know what God will do to them.
So God should
He sees the things that important people do. And he decides if those things are right or wrong.
He has been happy and he has had plenty of money.
And he has never been ill until the day when he dies.
He has never had good health and he has never enjoyed lots of money.
You want me to do things that are wrong.
You say that people destroy their houses.
You should listen to the things that they say.
The bad man may have done wrong things but often nothing will happen to him.
And no one
And then they stand near the place where his body lies.
And many people come to say “goodbye” to the man who has died.
But nothing that you have told me is true!’
Eliphaz speaks to Job a third time
In this chapter, Eliphaz suggests three things to Job. First, we cannot give to God anything that he needs. But second, he suggests that Job must have done many wrong things. That is why God has
It would not give him pleasure if you always lived the right way.
It is not because you are a good person.
And you have done so many wrong things that nobody could count them.
That is why he is
But you wanted to be sure that you would get your money back. So you took his clothes.
Sometimes in the Bible, ‘your brother’ means someone in your
And when you met hungry people you did not feed them.
But you kept for yourself everything that grew on that land.
And you were cruel to children who had no parents.
And that is why you are so afraid.
And that is why you seem to be drowning in deep water.
From there, he can see everything that happens on earth.
He cannot see us from so far away.”
So he does not see us as he walks on the circle of the sky.
Eliphaz says that God ‘walks on the circle of the sky’. This is poetry (a special way to use words).
That is what bad people have done for a long time.
They thought that they were safe.
But they were not safe.
They were like people who had drowned in a
And they thought that God would not do anything to them.
So I do not understand the thoughts of bad people.
Good people see that when it happens. And they are happy because they have seen it.
“Fire has destroyed all the things that they owned.”
Then your troubles will end and you will be rich again.
And remember all that he says.
And you should stop doing wrong things. Then your life will be comfortable again.
So you should throw it into the dry valley where, years ago, there was a river.
And he is more valuable than
This verse is about the things that are most important in Job’s life. He may have valuable things like
You will enjoy your life more if you
And you will do the things that you have promised to him.
And God will say that you are living the right way.
And when you pray, God will make their lives better.
He will do that because you have lived a good life.’
Job replies to Eliphaz
In chapter 23, Job says that he wants to find God. God seems to be very far away. But God sees everything that Job does. Job knows that. And Job has tried to obey God and to live in the right way. But still he is afraid of God.
In chapter 24, Job speaks about the bad things that happen in the world. He does not understand why God does not
He was cruel to me even when I asked him to help me.
I would like to go to the place where he lives.
I would say many things to him.
I would try to understand all the things that he would say to me.
But he would be fair and he would listen to me.
He will listen to such people.
If I have lived like that, he will listen to me.
And he will agree that I have not done wrong things.
And if I go to the west, I cannot find him there either.
And when he goes to the south, I still cannot find him.
Many bad things have happened in my life.
But he will check the way that I have lived.
Then he will see that I am a good man.
I will be like gold that has been in a fire.
People see that it really is gold.
I have never done things for my own pleasure.
They are more important than the food that I eat each day.
But he will not change them. Whatever he wants to do, he does.
And there are many things that he wants to do to me.
And when I think about all this, I am afraid of him.
Everything may be dark. But I will still want to speak about all these things.
I do not know why he will not decide.
In the end, he will
But good people will have to wait a long time to see this happen.
They do this to take fields that belong to other people.
Then they take the sheep that belong to those people.
And they bring them to eat the grass in their own fields.
They will take a cow from a woman who has no husband.
She may have to pay them some money.
So they keep the cow until she pays that money to them.
And poor people have to hide because they are afraid of such bad men.
There is nowhere else that they can go to find food for their children.
They pick the plants and the fruit that grow there.
They do not have anything with which to cover themselves.
So they hide among the rocks where they try to keep dry.
These men also take the children of poor people who cannot pay their debts.
They may be hungry. But they cannot eat the plants that they pick from the fields.
But they still do not have anything to drink.
But God does not do anything to the people who have hurt them.
He does not understand it. Nor does he follow where it leads him.
In the night, he goes out to take things that belong to other people.
He waits until it is dark.
Then he thinks that no one will see him.
And he covers his face so that no one will recognise him.
But in the day, they stay in their homes and sleep.
And they are not afraid of things that happen at night.
Bad people go from the earth as quickly as that.
Nothing grows in their fields.
And there are no
And people who do wrong things soon die.
No one remembers people who have done wrong things.
Like a dead tree, they will never live again.
And they are not kind to women whose husbands have died.
They may be important. But they do not know when they will die.
But he always watches them. And he sees the things that they do.
They are not different from anyone else and they soon die, like weeds in the ground.
Then the words that I speak will be as good as nothing.’
In this chapter, Bildad tells Job that God is great. He says that God is powerful. So we cannot help God. This does not answer Job’s questions about all his troubles.
Bildad speaks to Job a third time
And his light shines over all the earth.
But he does not see anyone who is really good and completely honest.
they do not seem to be very bright.
In his mind they are no more important than insects.’
Job replies to Bildad
In chapters 26 and 27, Job says two things. First, he does not agree with the things that his friends have said (chapter 27, verse 5). Second, he is sure that he has never done wrong things (chapter 27, verse 6).
And nothing that you have said has helped me.
And still you think that you are very clever.
I think that someone has told you the things that you should say.
But even there, they are afraid of God.
There is nothing that can hide it from him.
And he hangs the earth in the skies and he holds it there.
The clouds are full of water but they do not break.
He causes clouds to cover it.
You can see the end of the sea.
There the sky begins.
God decided where that place should be.
And because he is angry, they are afraid.
And he is
And he is able to kill the sea
No one really knows how powerful God is.’
And God, who can do anything, has made my life to be very sad.
But while I am alive, I will promise this to God.
And I will always be honest.
Until my death, I will never say things that are wrong.
During all of my life, my
I pray that God will
In the end, God will cause him to die.
But because he does not do that, he does not enjoy his life.
And I will explain to you the things that God will do to bad people.
So you should not still say things that mean nothing.
I will tell you how God will
Some will die in the war. Other people will die because they do not have enough food to eat.
And their wives will not weep when they are dead.
And he may have more clothes than he could ever wear.
And an honest man will spend all that money.
Nor will it be any better than a worker’s hut.
But soon he will find that all his money has gone.
A storm will come in the night and it will kill him.
It removes him from his home.
He can only do one thing. He can try to run away from it.
And God will make them happy when they see that.’
This is an important chapter. In verse 28, we learn how we can find true
‘People know how to dig under the ground to find
And they know how to heat gold to remove all the dirt from it.
And they know how to choose the stones that they can get
They take lights with them that help them to see in the dark.
They work alone. And they hang on strong lines to help them climb down into the hole.
But deep under the ground there is fire.
And among the stones there, people can find pieces of gold.
And they find things that birds have never seen.
And they look beneath the mountains.
And they discover stones that are very valuable.
And they bring into the light the things that they find there.
Nor do they know where they can learn to be
And in none of the places where people live can anyone find
Even in the deepest sea, no one will find it.
You may have lots of gold and
It is worth more than
If you sold all your gold, you still could not buy
The price of it is more than the price of
Nor can anyone buy it, not even with the best gold.
In verse 6, the writer speaks about ‘sapphires’. And in verses 16 to 19, he speaks about ‘onyx’, ‘sapphires’, ‘coral’, ‘jasper’, ‘rubies’ and ‘topaz’. These are all things like stones. But these things are valuable. They are like stones that shine. And they have many different colours. People use them, for example, to make rings.
But they do not know where to find
Even the birds that fly above the earth cannot see it.
But they cannot tell us where we can find it.
And only he knows where we can find
And he sees everything that happens on the earth.
And he decided the size of the seas.
And he decides where storms should go.
He knew that it was valuable. And he said that it was good.
“If you want to live the right way, you must not do wrong things.
If you want to be
You should do these things because I am God.” ’
Job explains the way that he feels
In chapter 29, Job remembers his life before all his troubles. He was a happy man. And God was always with him. He remembers, too, all the people that he helped.
In chapter 30, Job speaks about his troubles. He has no money. He has no friends who can help him. But he does have a lot of pain. And the worst thing is that God will not answer his questions any more (verse 20).
In chapter 31, Job says that he has always lived the right way. He says that he has always spoken true words. He says that he has always been fair. And he has helped other people who have had troubles. He is sure that God knows this. But God may think that it is not right. So he should tell Job about the wrong things that Job has done.
At that time, God watched the things that I did.
And because he was with me, bad things did not happen to me.
His light seemed to shine on my head.
God was my best friend and he kept my home safe.
And my children were still alive.
And I got lots of oil from my
There I sat down with the people who ruled the city.
Even the old men stood up when I arrived.
And they covered their mouths with their hands.
They closed their mouths and they did not say anything.
And they were happy because of them.
And if children had no parents, I helped them.
I was always fair and I was always honest.
If people could not walk, I fetched things for them.
I helped strangers when they had no one else to speak for them.
I saved the people that they had attacked.
And then I would die in my own house with my family round me.
I was like a tree that had plenty of water.
I thought that I would always be a great man.
They knew that I was
They were happy to hear the things that I said to them.
The things that I said were valuable to them, like rain in the spring.
And my smile made them happy.
And when they were sad, I helped them to be happy again.
I would not even let their fathers help me with my sheep.
And they are so weak that they cannot do any work for me.
At night, they run and hide in the
And to keep warm at night, they burn the
The same people shout at them as they would shout at robbers.
Or they live in holes that they make in the sides of hills.
And they hide together among the bushes to try to get warm.
And people do not want them to live near them.
They enjoy it when they are cruel to me.
But if they see me, they
So they can do to me anything that they want.
They are like an army that waits to beat the enemy. And I am their enemy.
And they know that no one will come to help me.
When I fall down, they rush to attack me.
And my money has gone as quickly as a cloud passes across the sky.
Every day I have pains in my body.
The pains that I feel never go away.
And my skin does not seem to be the right shape any more.
I am no better than ashes on the ground.
When I stand to pray, you do not listen to me.
You are strong. And you can attack me when you choose.
And you destroy me in the storm.
That happens to everyone who lives on this earth.
They do not refuse to help someone who asks for help.
I was sorry to see poor people who needed help.
And when I looked for light, everything round me was dark.
Every day I have pain and I feel sick.
I stand up in a public place and there I shout to ask for help.
After dark, I make noises like birds in the night.
And I have a
Now I am not happy. So I only sing songs that are sad.
He will cause bad things to happen to me if I do that.
And bad things will happen to people who do not live the right way.
And he watches where I go.
And I have always been an honest man.
He should know that I have never done any wrong things.
Or he may think that I have not always obeyed him.
Perhaps, in some other way, I have done something that was wrong.
And they can eat the plants that have grown there.
I have not waited outside her door until she was alone.
And she should have sex with other men.
But I have not done those things.
I want God to kill me if I ever do something as bad as that.
It could destroy my whole life as a fire can destroy everything round it.
But if they spoke to me about their problems, I always answered them fairly.
But if I had not listened to them, I could not have answered him honestly.
He made us both and we both grew inside our mothers.
And I have always helped
I have always given some of my food to
And I have always been kind to
I have met people who had no coat to wear.
And they thanked me because I was very kind to them.
But I was never cruel to them.
But if they are not true, then someone can break my arm.
He hates people who do wrong things. And I was afraid that he would kill me.
And if I own lots of gold I will still not be a powerful man.
But that has never been the most important thing to me.
And sometimes I watch the moon when it shines at night.
Nor have I ever wanted to
And God would have been angry if I had done something like that.
It does not make me happy when I see my enemy’s troubles.
That would have been a wrong thing for me to do.
They know that I always welcome strangers.
And no stranger has ever slept in the street outside my house.
I have never done that.
I am not afraid to hear the things that people say about me.
I am an honest man.
And I will speak about the wrong things that I have done.
All the things that I say are true.
God may believe that I have done wrong things.
If he does, then he should write them down.
Or I would put it on my head like a
I would come to speak to him, as a king would come to visit another king.
I have not taken it from other people who owned it.
And I have never been so cruel to farmers that they died.
I do not want
I want very bad weeds to grow there instead.’
That is the end of all the words that Job spoke.
In the next six chapters, we read the words of a man called Elihu. In chapters 32 and 33, he tries to help Job to understand several things. First, Job had said that God had not answered his questions. Elihu tells Job that God does speak to people. He speaks if people will listen (chapter 33, verses 14 to 17). Second, Job thinks that God has not been fair. This is how Elihu answers that: Sometimes God sends an illness to teach people the right way to live (chapter 33, verses 19 to 28).
Elihu had been listening to everyone and now he speaks to Job
‘I am young and you are old.
So I was afraid to tell you the things that I know.
They should be able to teach other people how to be
And the Spirit helps men to be
It is not only older people who know the right way to live.
I too will tell you the things that I know.
And I listened while you tried to find the right words to say to him.
And none of you was able to answer his questions.
Do not say, “God, not man, will explain to Job why Job is wrong.
But I will not answer his questions in the way that you did.
There is nothing more that they can say.
But surely I need not be quiet because they do not say anything.
I, too, will tell you what I know.
It is now time for me to tell you my thoughts.
I am like a bottle of
I must open my mouth and reply to you.
Nor will I say good things about anyone if they are not true.
If I am not honest, then God will remove me.
Listen carefully to everything that I say.
I am ready to tell you the thoughts that are in my mind.
All the things that I will say are true.
I am alive because of him.
Prepare yourself and get ready to speak with me.
God made both of us from dirt.
I will not do anything that might hurt you.
And these are the words that you spoke.
I have not done anything that was wrong.
And he thinks that I am his enemy.
And he always watches me. So he knows where I go.”
You know that God is greater than any man.
You should not say that he does not answer any of your questions.
He speaks to him again and again.
But often the man does not listen to him.
And he does not hear the things that God has said.
He speaks by the things that he dreams about.
And sometimes he is afraid because of the things that God says to him.
A man may think that he is important.
But God tells him that he is not very important.
He saves him from death.
God can send an illness like that to teach a man the right way to live.
He cannot eat even the food that he likes most.
He is so thin that people can see his bones.
Then he will go to the place where all dead people go.
And God will say, “I have found someone to pay on behalf of this person. So keep him alive.”
And he will be strong, like a young man.
He will again be God’s friend.
And he will enjoy that.
God will know him to be a good man again.
I did not live the right way but God
And now I will live to enjoy the light.”
He does them twice and sometimes three times.
Then he lets them again enjoy their lives.
Be quiet, and I will speak to you.
Then I will be able to say to everyone that you are a good man.
Be quiet and I will teach you about
The things that Elihu says in this chapter do not help Job. Elihu may be speaking to Job’s friends (verse 2). He says some bad things about Job (verses 7 to 9). Then he says things about God that do not help Job. God cannot do anything wrong (verse 12). God is powerful but he is always fair (verse 17). God knows everything (verses 21 to 23). And Job has not said sorry to God. So Elihu says that God will not
Listen to me, you men who have learned many things.
And you ought to understand the words that you hear.
And we should agree together what is true.
But God does not agree with me.
But nobody believes me.
I have not done anything wrong.
But I am like a man who has his last illness.”
He laughs at God as easily as a man drinks water.
And his friends are bad people.
If they do, they will not get anything back.
But God will do to a bad man the things that he has done to other people.
All the things that he does, he does fairly.
And nobody gave that job to him!
So he can decide if he wants to take them from us.
And people would become dirt again.
And listen to me when I speak to you.
He is powerful and he is always fair. So you cannot say that he has been cruel to you.
He may do this if they have been bad kings or bad rulers.
And he is no kinder to a rich person than he is to a poor person.
People die, even if no person has tried to kill them.
They can go anywhere that they want. But he will always be able to see them.
It does not matter where they are. He can always see them.
But God does not need to tell them when they will have to do that.
And he will make other men rulers instead of them.
So, in the night, he kills them.
He does this because they have done wrong things.
And they have not done the things that he told them to do.
And God heard those poor people and he helped them.
And no one could say that he was wrong to decide that.
If he hides himself, no one can see him.
But he rules over men and countries.
In this way, he saves the people from bad rulers.
But I am sorry and I will not do them again.
Tell me about such things and I will not do them again either.”
So there is no reason why God should
You must decide what you will do. I cannot decide for you.
So give me a true answer - what have you decided?
This is what they will say to me.
He does not understand the things that he says.”
You have spoken like a bad man would speak.
You are playing games with us. And you have now said many bad things against God.’
Job has asked why he should live the right way. Elihu answers him now. Job may do good things or bad things. It does not matter to God, Elihu says (verses 1 to 8). Job has also asked why God does not answer his
“God knows that I have not done anything wrong.” That is what you say.
You ask this also. “What do I get if I only do good things?”
And I will speak, too, to the friends who are with you.
Look at the clouds that are so high above you.
If you do many wrong things, it will not change him.
He does not receive from you because you do good things.
And only other people get something as a result of the good things that you do.
They ask for help when powerful people attack them.
But none of them asks where he is.
And he makes us
But he does not help them because they do so many wrong things.
So God does not even listen to them.
So there is no reason why he should listen to you either.
But you think that he does not see them.
And the words that you speak do not mean anything.’
Perhaps the most important thing that Elihu says is in this chapter. God does help people who have trouble. Often this is the best time for them to hear God. And in chapters 36 and 37, Elihu describes for Job what God is like. God is always fair (chapter 36, verse 3). He is powerful and he does not
I want to say something else on behalf of God.
And I know that God is always fair.
You can be sure about that because I am a really
But when he decides to do something, he does it.
But he is always fair to people who have problems.
And he makes them famous so that they rule like kings.
And they cannot discover what has caused their trouble.
They have done wrong things and they have not listened to him.
And he tells them that they must not continue to
If they do that, they will be rich. And they will be happy until they die.
Such people do not know the right way to live.
And someone will fight against them and kill them.
Even when God
They have wasted their lives. They have lived among men who have sex with other men.
And he causes them to hear his words.
He wants to make you safe and to take your problems away.
He wants you to have a comfortable life.
And he wants you to have plenty of nice food.
But, in the end, he will be fair to you.
Rich people often do wrong things to get even more money.
Even if you try, you will not be able to get out of trouble.
Do not take people away from their homes in the dark.
So be careful that you live the right way.
And he is also the best teacher.
And no one can say to him, “You have done things that are wrong.”
You should do that, too.
But we can only see them from far away.
We do not know how long he has lived.
Then he makes it into rain.
And so there is enough water for everyone.
And nobody understands the noise that storms make.
It shines even on things that are deep under the sea.
He sends storms. But he gives to people all the food that they need.
And he tells them what they should hit.
Then even the cows in the fields know that there will soon be a storm.
Listen to the loud noise when he speaks.
It goes in all directions.
When he speaks, it is like the sound of
He does things that we can never understand.
And when it rains, he causes lots of rain to drop on the ground.
And when the weather is bad like that, people are not able to work.
Or they stay in the places where they sleep at night.
And the cold winds come from the north.
The cold wind that makes the ice is like God’s
And he sends the
They go where he sends them.
Sometimes he does this when he has to
Sometimes he does it to show them that he loves them.
Stop, Job. Think about all the great things that God does.
But you do not know how he does that.
He makes the
But you do not know how he does that either.
Only God can do all these things, because he knows how to do everything.
And you are too warm in the clothes that you wear.
God has made it like that. And you cannot help him do it.
Help us, Job, because we do not know what to say to him.
If I ask, he might kill me.
Now no one can look at the sun, which shines brightly in the sky.
He is too bright and too beautiful for us to look at.
But he is always kind and fair to everyone.
But they are afraid of him, because only he is really
In chapters 38 to 41, God speaks to Job. He tells Job all about himself. He tells Job how he made the world and the stars. He tells Job about all the animals that he has made. He tells Job about the biggest animals in the world. Job could not catch such animals - but God made them.
There are a lot of things that only God knows. Job does not know these things. There are a lot of things that only God can do. Job cannot do any of these things. All God’s words show that only he is really
LORD speaks to Job
But you do not really understand the things that you say.
There are many things that I want to tell you.
If you know so many things, tell me about that.
I am sure that you know that!
But it was I who put it in the right place.
And even the stars seemed to sing, too.
I decided where it should begin. And I decided how far it should go.
And everything was dark.
And the sea could not come there.
This is where you must stop.”
And you could not tell the morning when it should start.
But you could not tell the light when to cover the earth.
And the shape of the earth becomes clear, like someone who is wearing a coat.
In the day, they stop doing things that are wrong.
Nor have you gone to the deepest part of the sea.
Nor do you know the way to that place.
Tell me, Job, if you know all these things.
And you do not know how the dark begins.
You do not know how to get there.
So perhaps you do know all these things.
And you have not seen the place where I keep the
I keep them to use when there are wars.
Nor do you know how the wind from the east blows over the earth.
And I tell the storm which way to go.
And it falls in the
And it makes the grass grow again.
No one knows where
No one knows why the ground is cold and hard in the morning.
And there is even ice on top of the sea.
And you cannot change the shape of
And you cannot tell the Great
Pleiades, Orion, the Great Bear and the Little Bear are groups of stars.
And you do not understand, either, how I rule the earth.
You cannot tell them to cover the earth with water.
Even if you tried to do that, nothing would happen.
And you do not understand everything about the weather, either.
Nor can you send water from the sky, like a person who pours it from a pot.
But you cannot cause the rain to fall.
The mother of the young
She brings them food while they wait in the bushes.
When the young
You are not there to see the young
Nor do you know when they will be born.
Then they have no more pain.
When they have grown, they leave their parents. And they will not return to them.
I let them do that.
And I decided that they would live there.
They do not listen to people who might want them to work.
They look for nice green grass to eat.
Nor will it stay in your farm at night.
Nor will it plough the fields for you.
But you cannot be sure that it will help you to do your work.
Nor will it help you to bring them into your farm.
And it lets them get warm in the sand.
And it does not know that a wild animal may walk on them.
They were the result of its work. But it will not be sad if someone breaks them.
And I did not make it able to think properly.
It can run past the fastest horse.
Nor did you give them all the long hair that they have on their necks.
And horses also frighten people because of the loud noises that they make.
It hits its foot on the ground when it is ready to fight.
It is not even afraid when it carries a soldier with his
And the horse feels the
When it hears the
People may be far away. But it can hear them when they fight.
It can hear the officers in the army when they shout to the soldiers.
You do not teach it to fly toward the south in winter.
You do not show it where to build its home up in the mountains
It knows that it is safe there.
It can see small animals that it wants to catch.
And then the young
You say that I have done wrong things. Now you must explain what you mean.’
I put my hand over my mouth and I will not say anything.
There is nothing more that I want to say.’
I will speak to you, and you must answer me.
And you think that you are always right.
And your voice is not as loud as mine is.
And you could show everyone how beautiful you are.
People think that they are very clever. You could show them that they are not so clever.
And, when you find them, you could kill bad people, too.
You could send them to the place where dead people go.
Then I would agree that you could save yourself.
I made it and I made you. It eats only grass, like a cow.
And how powerful its stomach is!
Its legs are thick and they are strong.
Its back legs and its front legs are as strong as iron.
And only I am stronger than the Great Animal.
But the Great Animal comes and eats the grass next to them.
It hides among the plants that grow at the edge of the lake.
Then it can stay cool because the sun does not shine on it.
The River Jordan may be all round it, but it still feels safe.
No one can put a ring in its nose and lead it away.
Nor can you tie its mouth to stop it biting you.
Nor can you put a
And it will not speak to you politely.
And you cannot make it your slave for always.
And it is not the kind of animal that your children can play with.
And no one will cut it up and try to sell it in shops.
Nor can you put a sharp stick into its head to kill it.
It will fight with you and you will never touch it again!
As soon as you see it, you will be afraid of it.
And I made it! So no one will be able to fight against me.
Everything in the world is mine.
It is strong and it has a large body and powerful legs.
And people are afraid to go near it.
Anyone who sees its teeth would be very afraid.
There are no spaces into which you could put a knife.
Not even air can pass between them.
And no one can separate them.
Its eyes are as red as the sky at dawn.
It is like smoke that comes from a fire of weeds under a pot.
It frightens people when they see it.
Its whole body is as strong as iron.
It is as hard as a stone.
They run away because it might hit them with its tail.
None of your sharp
It can break
Stones cannot hurt it.
It laughs when it hears the sound of a
When it moves along, it leaves marks on the ground, like a plough.
When it swims down deep, the water is like a pot of oil.
The water seems to have become white.
And it is not afraid of anything.
It is like the king of all the wild animals.’
Job replies to the
Job has heard God speak. Job has heard God speak about himself. And now Job sees that God’s
At the end of this chapter, God speaks to Job’s three friends. He tells them that Job was right. And he tells them that they said wrong things about Job. But he asks Job to pray for them and he promises to
You are powerful. And you can do anything that you want to do.
I have talked about the surprising things that you do.
But I did not understand them.
Now I have seen you with my own eyes.
I sit here in the ashes.
I am doing that to show you that I am sorry.’
The end of the story
‘The things that my servant Job has said about me are true. But
the things that you said were not true. So I am angry with you and your two
- to say that someone else has done bad things or wrong things.
- a dangerous kind of snake.
- a name that people give to God; it means that he is over everything.
- God’s angels live with God and they bring messages from God to people; but there are bad angels too; they were good but now they work for
- a stick with a point at one end that you shoot from a bow.
- a plant; people make bread from its seeds.
- a large animal.
- a blind person cannot see.
- the air that goes in and out of the mouth.
- to take air in and out of the mouth.
- a kind of metal; you mix two metals to make it.
- a male cow.
- a young cow or a young bull.
- an animal that can carry people or things; it can walk for a long time without a drink.
- wet material from the ground; people use heat to make pots out of it.
- something in you that says to you if a thing is good or bad; our thoughts inside us that help us to know good and bad things.
- a soft red metal that you can make very thin; you can make a lot of useful things out of it.
- a valuable material that people find in the sea; it is like rock but you can make it pretty.
- people go there. Then a
judgecan say who is right.
- a long animal that lives in rivers; it can also walk on the land. Some crocodiles are very large and they are very dangerous.
- a special hat that a king, queen or other ruler wears; it shows that they have authority.
- to say very bad things about someone; to say that you want bad things to happen to someone.
- an animal that is like a small cow to look at; it often lives in woods.
- a child, grandchild, their grandchild and so on.
- a dry place with much sand; not many people live there.
- water that you find on the ground in the morning.
- an animal like a small horse. It carries people or things.
- many small parts of the dry top part of the ground make dust.
- a big bird that lives in the mountains.
- a time when there is not enough food, so people become hungry; often people die because they cannot eat.
- an illness that makes your body very hot.
- the shining things that you see when something is burning.
- when it rains and there is too much water everywhere.
- people use their mouths to make music with it.
- to show love and not to remember bad things.
- fruit of a
vine; people can make winefrom grapes.
- a place where people have buried a dead body.
- rain that is so cold that it has become ice.
- it has lines across it. People pull the lines with their fingers to make music.
- the opposite of love.
- a very large bird that sometimes eats other birds.
- the place where God lives; the place where God and Jesus are.
- what God is like; all good with nothing bad in him.
- a piece of metal that someone has bent.
- humble people do not think that they are great.
- a kind of wild dog.
- a kind of valuable stone; it is often red.
- a person with authority to say what is right or wrong; person who has authority to
punishpeople who do wrong things.
- a young sheep.
- a long sharp thing that soldiers fight with; they do not throw it; they push it into the enemy’s body.
- the bright light that happens during a storm.
- a big animal (like a cat) that can kill a man.
- large insects that eat all the green parts of plants.
- a special name for God that his people use.
- a merciful person is kind to bad people.
- a frightening animal that may not be real.
- all the people who live together in the same country.
- New Testament
- the last part of the Bible, which the writers wrote after Jesus lived on earth.
- an important person in a country.
- fruit that people use to make a kind of oil; they use the oil to cook with.
- the tree that
- a kind of valuable stone.
- the name of a certain group of stars.
- a child who does not have living parents.
- a very large bird that cannot fly.
- ox, oxen
- a big, strong cow; if there is more than one ox we say ‘oxen’.
- a small piece of wood that you can push into the ground.
- the name of a certain group of stars.
- to say that somebody is very great; or, words that say that somebody is very great.
- when we talk to God or ask him for something.
- a man who burnt animals as a gift to God.
- the son of a king.
- to hurt someone for the wrong things that they have done. For example, a person who has robbed another person must go to a prison.
- a large black bird that lives in the mountains.
- someone who pays another person’s debts; in this book - someone who pays for the bad things that another person has done.
descendantof your grandparents or of their parents.
- the part of a plant that grows below the ground.
- a kind of valuable stone; it is pink or red.
- to kill an animal and to burn its body as a gift to God.
- a kind of valuable stone; it is often blue.
- the worst of the bad
angels. He is also called the devil and he is God’s enemy.
- a very long piece of paper or other material that people wrote on; they fixed it round two pieces of wood.
- a serpent is like a very large snake.
- move from one side to another and back again very fast many times.
- a thing that you use to make cloth; you have to throw it between the lines of cotton.
- a white metal; it shines and it is very valuable.
- not to obey God; or, what you do when you do not obey God.
- the ground that people put seeds into.
- a very little piece of burning material; it can jump out of a fire or it can start a fire.
- some people call it an insect; but it is not an insect because it has 8 legs; it catches and eats insects.
- spirits are alive but we cannot see them.
- to send water out of your mouth very quickly.
- a big white bird.
- a long, sharp knife that soldiers use to fight people with.
- people hit it or move it about quickly to make music.
- something that you shoot at.
- a home or a house that people make from cloth or from animals’ skins.
- the loud noise in the sky during a storm.
- a kind of valuable stone.
- a hole that someone cannot see is an example of a trap; someone may want people to fall into it.
- a metal pipe with a wide end; people use their mouths to make music with it.
- to believe that someone will be good to you; or to believe that someone will not rob anyone; or to believe that someone will do their job well.
- a plant that climbs; its fruit is called a
- something that soldiers use to fight with.
- a person who makes cloth.
spideruses its web to catch insects.
- this woman’s husband has died.
- a drink with alcohol in it. People make it from
- the part of a bird that it uses to fly.
- a person who has wisdom always knows the best thing to do.
- when we understand God’s word; when we know what God wants us to do; wise people know what is good and right; and they do it.
- little animals, like snakes, that live under the ground.
- to give thanks to God; to show God that we love him very much.
David Atkinson ~ The Message of Job (The Bible Speaks Today) ~ IVP
Deryck Sheriffs ~ The Friendship of the Lord: an Old Testament Spirituality ~ Paternoster Press
The New Bible Commentary Revised ~ IVP
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