• It doesn't give an explanation, BUT at the end it says that Job has twice as much of everything. That includes twice as many children. He had ten before, and ten after, so how can there be twice as many? Because ten are in heaven, and ten are on earth.
  • Maybe, rather than second guessing God on this ancient event, we can find the answer if we closely review the response that Job gave since it was his family that was lost. On a personal level, Job had a fine family,a wife, seven sons, and three daughters. (Job 1:1-3; 29:7-9, 12-16) One day, a messenger rushed in to report that some of Job’s valuable herds had been plundered by a raiding band. Soon another reported the loss of flocks of Job’s sheep. Then the Chaldeans took away his 3,000 camels, killing all but one of the attendants. Finally came the worst news. An unusual wind devastated the house of his firstborn and killed all his children, who were gathered there. Faced with such suffering, would Job blame God? Job 1:13-19. Note that at the end of Chapter 1 in the Book of Job it says: 22 “In all this Job did not sin or ascribe anything improper to God” Then Chapter two begins; 2 “Afterward it came to be the day when the sons of the [true] God entered to take their station before Jehovah, and Satan also proceeded to enter right among them to take his station before Jehovah. 2 Then Jehovah said to Satan: “Just where do you come from?” At that Satan answered Jehovah and said: “From roving about in the earth and from walking about in it”. More calamities were to come, though. Job was afflicted with a horrible disease that covered him with malignant boils. He became so sick and repugnant that his wife blamed God. “Curse God and die!” she said. Job did not know why he was suffering, yet he would not accuse God of causing it. We read: “In all this Job did not sin with his lips.” Job 2:6-10. That is truly interesting. Even though these calamities struck Job like a freight train, He would not blame his condition, and the death of his family on God. The book of Job helps us to identify the root cause of Job’s suffering and to see why God allowed it. Chapters 1 and 2 reveal what had recently taken place in the invisible heavens, in the spirit realm. The rebellious spirit called Satan assembled with other spirits in God’s presence. At the mention of Job’s blameless course, Satan challenged: “Is it for nothing that Job has feared God? . . . For a change, thrust out your hand, please, and touch everything he has and see whether he will not curse you to your very face.” Job 1:9-12. In other words, Satan accused God of bribing Job. This defiant spirit creature claimed that if Job was stripped of his wealth and his health, he would curse Jehovah. By extension, Satan was asserting that no human would love and be loyal to God in the face of suffering. That challenge had global and enduring impact. The issues that Satan raised had to be settled. Thus, God gave Satan freedom to act against Job, and Satan brought those various forms of suffering on the man. Understandably, Job did not and could not know of the universal issue that was raised in the heavens. And Satan arranged things so that it appeared as if God were causing all of Job’s calamities. For example, when lightning struck Job’s flocks of sheep, the surviving attendant concluded that it was “the very fire of God.” Although Job did not know why these things were happening, he would not curse or reject Jehovah God. Job 1:16, 19, 21. If you analyze the circumstances behind Job’s experience, you will see that the issue is, Will humans serve Jehovah out of love, despite troubles? Job helped to answer that. Only true love for God could have moved a person to remain faithful to Jehovah, which is what Job did. What a testimony against Satan’s false accusations! This case, however, did not begin and end with Job back then; it has extended for centuries. We are involved too. How do many react when they see or face suffering, whatever its cause? They may be unaware of the issues raised in Job’s day, or they may not believe that Satan even exists. Hence, often they doubt that there is a Creator, or they blame him for the suffering. How do you feel about this? From what you know of the Creator, would you not concur with the Bible writer James? Despite suffering, he had this conviction: “When under trial, let no one say: ‘I am being tried by God.’ For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone.” James 1:13. Sources: The scriptures cited and the publication,"The Creator" 1998 Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.
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  • "Hey God! I bet if you let me completely wreck this guy's life, he'll hate you." "Sure, Satan, go right ahead. I bet he *won't*." And then a whole crapload of people die- to prove a point to an entity that was beaten, theoretically, a LONG time ago. If the deaths of Job's family and household are considered just by ANY standard, then I have a severe problem with the Bible. I don't care *who* said it was okay to kill all those people. When someone who's obviously beneath me issues a challenge, I don't have to accept it. So either God is incredibly childish, suffers from a severe lack of self-confidence, or has a very sick sense of humor.
  • The story of Job is dramatic story about the problem of the suffering of the innocent. It is a story that teaches a spiritual lesson and is not history. Satan did not kill anyone. That said, even if God did allow Satan to kill people then those people would just go to heaven to be with God forever. For Christians, death is not the end or even a bad thing. With love in Christ.
  • We already know the answer to this one.There are examples in the bible of the dead having been resurected back to life soon after they have died.Lazarus is the classic example of resurection in human form.Jesus the classic example of resurection in spirit form.Through God all things are possible.Do you really think a loving God would allow this to happen without rectifying the damage done by satan.
  • The take is that God is testing Job. My take is that the only part of this story that has geniune substance is the dark night of the soul told in parable form. We all must traverse the dark night of the soul to reach divinity. It is not easy, it is fraught with thorns but to get to the fruit of the tree, you must go out on a limb and Job went as far out on a limb as anyone could. But he renounced the physcial and got the Divine. God would never sit there and want to do harm to anyone. This is a story.
  • I'm sure there can be volumns of text "explaining" the "reasons" it makes sense. All BS.
  • probably that he was testing him
  • Proverbs 29:25 "The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe." The book of Job is the account of a believer who held on to a bad thought: that he could not protect his loved ones because they had strayed from God in their hearts. Job 1:5 “... Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.” Whenever we have a bad thought, it's always our choice to kick it out in favor of good thoughts or to harbor and incubate it until it becomes fear. No matter how daunting our situation seems, God's desire is that we put on His perfect love and thereby cast out all fear. Psalm 34:4 “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Before having this fear, Job had God’s protection and felt safe. Job 1:10 “Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.” By succumbing to fear, Job allowed a break in God’s hedge by which Satan was able to bring evil upon him. God shows justice to all, even to the devil, His arch-enemy. Because the devil wants to convince people to not follow God, he utilizes sense-knowledge deceptions, causing people to give in to fear whenever possible. Rather than succumbing to fear, we can decide to trust in God and claim His protection from all the wiles of the devil. I John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
  • It does not explicitly address that issue. *** In a broader sense, in "The Book of Job" God informs us that Job was a sinner and that he (Job) was wrong to attest that he was not deserving of punishment (which thing Job attested repeatedly). In other words: Job arrogantly thought that he was a "sinless wonder"...and he was wrong (in fact: it was a sin even for him to believe so).
  • Acts 26:8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?
  • So your question is why would God allow satin to kill members of Job's family? My Question is why would satin want to kill and or persecute Job? Lets think about this; God created man and angles with freewill, which gives every thinking being a choice to be faithful to God or not. Adam and Eve failed, why? because of satin. So in Job's case, satin wanted to stumble Job, and the challenge he summited to God was that Job was faithful to Him (God) only because He (God) protected him (Job). So the reasoning was if Job serves God only because of the benefits, take them away and Job 1:11 Says "But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face". KJV, Byington puts it this way Job 1:11 "but put out your hand and strike everything that belongs to him and see if he will not curse you to your face.” So satin's agenda was to discredit Job and thereby all mankind's ability to serve God with integrity. The account says that God gave Job into satin's hands to test his integrity. satin; who Jesus calls "a murderer from the beginning", murdered Job's children. What's the point? satin wasn't able to break Job's integrity, and by his (Job's) actions showed satin the liar that he is. The Byington version says at Proverbs 27:11 "Be wise, son, and gladden my heart, so that I may give an answer to the one who taunts me." Didn't God allow satin the opportunity to test Jesus, even to death. It boils down to a choice; to serve God with integrity or not. If you would like more information on this or other Bible topics please login to
    • Army Veteran
      Very well said. If there was an award for 'Best Anwer', you'd have my vote. (But it's "Satan", not "satin" - capitalize the "S").
    • Chromeman
      Thank you Army vet, That's very nice of you to say and I appreciate it. Yes I know satin is a personal pronoun and the "s" should be capitalized, it's just a quirk with me, but you are right if someone were to read a comment of mine and think less of it; i'll use the capital "S" from now on. my goal is to bring praise and understanding to our God Jehovah, and so would not want anything to impede that.
  • Excellent question! Unknown to Job, a great issue was about to be raised in heaven. One day “the sons of the true God entered to take their station before Jehovah.” (Job 1:6) God’s only-begotten Son, the Word, was present. (John 1:1-3) So were the righteous angels and the disobedient angelic ‘sons of God.’ (Genesis 6:1-3) Satan was there, for his ouster from heaven would not come until after the Kingdom’s establishment in 1914. (Revelation 12:1-12) In Job’s day, Satan would raise a burning issue. He was about to call into question the rightfulness of Jehovah’s sovereignty over all His creatures. “Where do you come from?” asked Jehovah. Satan replied: “From roving about in the earth and from walking about in it.” (Job 1:7) He had been seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8, 9) By breaking the integrity of individuals serving Jehovah, Satan would try to prove that nobody would fully obey God out of love. Taking up the issue, Jehovah asked Satan: “Have you set your heart upon my servant Job, that there is no one like him in the earth, a man blameless and upright, fearing God and turning aside from bad?” (Job 1:8) Job met divine standards that took his imperfections into account. (Psalm 103:10-14) But Satan retorted: “Is it for nothing that Job has feared God? Have not you yourself put up a hedge about him and about his house and about everything that he has all around? The work of his hands you have blessed, and his livestock itself has spread abroad in the earth.” (Job 1:9, 10) The Devil thus slandered Jehovah by implying that nobody loves and worships Him for what He is but that He bribes creatures to serve Him. Satan alleged that Job served God for selfish advantage, not out of love. For more information on this subject please visit wwwjworg.
  • In Judaism there are two satans, one mans "evil inclination," also known as the yetzer hara (יֵצֶר הַרַע, from Genesis 6:5). James 1:13-14 says, "When tempted, no one should say, 'God is tempting me.' For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Romans 7:22-23, "For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me." The Satan, a title, only mentioned a few times, including Job, in Jewish thought he is often equated with the angel of death. However, in Christian thought The Satan is the adversary, the god of this world that blinds the eyes of men. Mentioned in the temptation of Christ, where he goes out into the desert, to meet Satan, Satan's temptations were hedonism, egoism, and materialism. John the Evangelist in his epistle categorized these temptations as "lust of eyes" (materialism), "lust of body" (hedonism), and "pride of life" (egoism). Temptations intend to deceive and corrupt three main human characteristics; to think, wish and feel which are inside the mind, soul, and heart as Jesus alludes in the Greatest Commandment. Paul also states in his letter to the Corinthians, It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is intolerable even among pagans: A man has his father’s wife. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have been stricken with grief and have removed from your fellowship the man who did this? Although I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit, and I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present. When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus a and I am with you in spirit, along with the power of the Lord Jesus, hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the Day of the Lord. So Job was seen by God as an upright and blameless man, who feared God, and shunned evil. Satan is the adversary, the tempter, so it's his inclination to test this, and God allows it, and as such Job proves that he puts God before everything in his life, and therefore is worthy, he will not turn his back on God.
  • That's easy, look at Job chapter one, there we see a discussion between Satan and God about Job's integrity, Satan said that he would denounce his faith in God if he was put under pressure, when Job maintained his integrity, Satan then was allowed to effect Job's health, and then job had to endure three so-called friends antagonizing statements that what he is going though is because he was being punished by God and should confess his sins. Even his wife, after seeing her husband suffer, finally expressed "Curse God and die! Jobs response was "You are talking like one of the senseless women. Should we accept only what is good from the true God and not accept also what is bad?” But the next line said this "In all of this, Job did not sin with his lips." [NWT] But remember the outcome? Job was blessed with double what he lost. So basically Satan said he could turn job against God and God gave him the opportunity. I left this link that you might find interesting

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