In “The Book of Job” suffering was a major theme exhibited throughout. Suffering is unavoidable because it is necessary and part of life. According to the dictionary, when someone suffers, they undergo something painful or unpleasant. For example, when you break your leg, you are suffering from a pain. Also, you can consider being robbed a type of suffering. In “The Book of Job,” Job was considered as the greatest man to ever live.
God was so surprised, and pleased with him, that he actually bragged about Job to Satan. God told Satan to overlook at what a great man Job actually was. After time, Satan was dismayed by the way Job lived his precious life. Satan believed that the only reason Job was so faithful to God, was because he was always healthy and prosperous. Satan believed if he took everything away from Job, he would no longer respect God as he would have before. God on the contrary, believed that Job would do everything he could to continue and live the same way he always did.
Right after, Satan had destroyed everything Job had in his life, including his health and wealth. In the passage which was assigned to me, Job raises many questions which he spends a great deal of time pondering about it. Job asks, “Is there a time of hard service for man on earth?” When Job asks that, he basically is asking when is life easy? He then asks, “Are not his days also like the days of a hired man?” He compares a man’s life with a hired laborer, and says that they are both extremely hard. Job then says, “Like a servant who earnestly desires the shade.
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And like a hired man who eagerly looks for his wages.” He says that servants are working so hard out in the sun, and the only thing he wants is shade and rest, but he will not actually get what he wishes. The hired man has to wait a long time for his wages, if any. Ultimately, Job is comparing a working man to a human life. Job, like a worker, is working to complete someone else’s goals.
The work doesn’t benefit him in a direct way, just like the work doesn’t benefit a worker. Job realizes that unlike a worker who gets paid, he will not get paid for the work he does. This shows that suffering is the only payment for his work. As Job continues, he says that he has been given months of uselessness and nights that are tiring. Job then says, “When I lie down, I say, ‘When shall I arise, and the night be ended?’ For I have had my fill of tossing till dawn.” Basically, Job says that even during his waking hours, he is always in pain and suffering. He cannot escape it, he cannot sleep past it, and will it will not end.
Job then explains how his cracked skin is full of worms and dust, which leaves him suffering through the nights. A metaphor was used when Job compares a working man to a human life. The use of the metaphor expressed the suffering one goes through in their life. In this case, he compared the working man to a human life.
This idea is relevant to Job’s situation because, he has been suffering. Job talks about how he a laborer suffers in the sun, and a man suffers because they do not get paid their wages. He is suffering just like them, wasting days and nights doing nothing. Suffering is unavoidable, because it is completely necessary and is a part of life. Just like everyone enjoys something through the duration of their life, everyone also suffers. While Job suffered, he asked numerous questions, because he had no idea why he had actually suffered.
Making him suffer, it brought him closer to the truth. Suffering can be considered to be a device that makes you become wiser, and smarter, just like Job.
Suffering is a major concept present in the stories of J. B. , "The Book of Job", and "A Masque of Reason." J. B. and "A Masque of Reason" are based on the original biblical tale of Job, a righteous man who is made to suffer by God. However, "The Book of Job" and these two modern interpretations by MacLeish and Frost, use the original story but take very different twists and viewpoints in their ...