Jews: What is the correct and true interpretation and explanation of Job 1:20-22?

Specifically: It was obvious that Satan “took away” from Job. Yet, Job says, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” And the testimony given regarding Job (in the very next verse): “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly” Or as another version states: “In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing” And even another: “For all this Job sinned not, nor ascribed aught unseemly to G-d.” So, Job says, “the LORD hath taken away”, yet it was obvious from the account that it was Satan that “took away”. And even still, Job did not sin or charge God with wrongdoing. Can you please explain this…or point me to a solid interpretation by a Rabbi, “sage”, or “expert”, “expositor”, etc…? (And for those really knowledgeable, who are the “best” Jewish scripture “expositors”? And what, exactly, do you call them?) -

Asked By: yachadhoo - 10/8/2007
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The book of Job is a strange one- and taken by many of the Rishonim (the first generation of Rabbinical commentators after the Gemorrah was sealed who wrote the first detailed commentaries from what they had been taught orally till then) as being largely allegorical and often seen as the first written work of sod (... More
Answered By: allonyoav - 10/12/2007
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I didn't want to read all the question. But God let Satan take everything away. Satan told God he only likes (loves) you because you give him everythin. Then God said I let you take everything away to show you that he will love me no matter what. So Job did love God not the blessings God provided
Answered By: yolie857 - 10/8/2007
smug smug smug
Answered By: SpiderJerusalem - 10/8/2007
It is an example of how you should love your God no matter much he screws over you.
Answered By: Evolution - 10/8/2007
Not Jewish... More
Answered By: Schneb - 10/8/2007
It is a perfect example of unchangeable faith and love for the word of God. Job knew who did what so "flying in God face" as we in the West Indies would say was not an option. JOB KNEW GOD!!!!!
Answered By: mllttsmn2 - 10/8/2007
You are correct in that Satan took away from Job. Job was mistaken when he thought that the Lord had taken away from him... More
Answered By: everydaycatholic - 10/8/2007
This passsage is really talking about, when everything else is taken away, God IS all you need... More
Answered By: bibliophile1954 - 10/8/2007
Nothing happens without God allowing it to happen. And so many would wrongly charge God with wrongdoing by allowing such a thing (when he gave Satan permission in the first part of the account). But Job knew that God had greater wisdom that he. And in the end this is proven to be true....for Job was more blessed in the... More
Answered By: whitehorse456 - 10/8/2007
You have to start with who S'Tan is. He is not a fallen angel, he is not an angel in rebellion against G-d, he is not an independent operator, he does not have free will, he can not 'sin' and more than he can do 'good' of his own desire. He is just an angel, an automon, given a specific job by G-d and always working... More
Answered By: emesshalom - 10/8/2007
Jews seldom study alone, we are admonished to always study with at least one other person together with interpretations from sages throughout the past 2000 years. There are many versions of Hebrew Bibles, most of them include both Hebrew and English text (or German, Italian, etc.). There is also commentary included... More
Answered By: L'Chaim - 10/8/2007
satan is just an angel. he doesn't act for himself, he acts for G-d. nothing satan does is his own doing, it is all G-d's doing, therefore even though satan acts as the hand of G-d, the only one who has "given and taken away" is G-d... More
Answered By: JewishGirl - 10/9/2007
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