The famous/infamous fable of Job. How much shit can one man take? I find it interesting that he blames himself for his blight. He just assumes he's sinned against God.
This book brings us the first real appearance of Satan as a character. We don't learn much about him in these early chapters other then he likes to wander the Earth and show up at Gods morning meetings from time to time.
Satan raises some interesting questions thou.
1. What relationship does he have with God? There seems to be no animosity (yet anyway) between them.
2. Did Satan trick God into letting him destroy Job's life? Their interactions read like a Huck Finn story.
3. Why would God allow this to happen? He allows Satan to kill Jobs children, slaves and livestock.
It seems God holds life in low esteem to allow these horrible actions to take place. Has he got a trump card hidden up his sleeve? Will he make everything right again after this cruel wager?
I do find the chapters rather poetic. Almost Shakespearian.
Favorite line, One of Jobs friends tells him;
5:25 Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth.
This comes after all of Jobs kids were killed. whoops!