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Literature: Book of Job
"The Lord gave and The Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of The Lord!"

One of the books of The Bible. Despite being near the middle, the story of Job is probably written before the Pentateuch.

Job is an honest upright man, blessed with wealth and children, but a bet between God and Satan turns his life upside down...

This book provides examples of:

  • Character Filibuster: Job and his three friends really liked to talk. And God and Elihu go on for just as long.
  • Call Back: God's second conversation with Satan goes almost exactly the same as the first.
  • Cosmic Plaything: All of Job's misery is caused by God and Satan picking on him because of a bet.
  • Death Seeker: 3:21 and 22 (it goes on longer as character filibuster above describes)
    They long for death and it won't come. They search for death more eagerly than for hidden treasure. It is a blessed relief when they finally die, when they find the grave.
  • Deus Angst Machina: escalating from losing his material goods to his family to his health.
  • Fallen Angel: Not the actual trope but its prototype is here, and is the strongest rebuttal to those who claim the concept is incompatible with Judaism. 4:18 is below and 15:15 can also be a case but amusingly the book makes no insinuations that Satan did anything wrong beyond being mistaken in his judgment of Job.
    If God cannot trust some of his own angels and has charged some of them with folly, how much less will he trust those made of clay?
  • In Mysterious Ways: In the end you see Job humiliate himself before God. It was all to teach him humility and dependence on Him.
  • Kaiju: The Behemoth (a huge, dinosaur-like creature) and leviathan (a giant sea serpent) are ur examples of Kaijus.
  • Laser-Guided Karma / No Sympathy: Job's friends claim him sinning must be the reason why all these bad things have happened. Job protests that he has been upstanding for all of his life.
  • Methuselah Syndrome: Not as long as the actual Methuselah, but still pretty long; Job lives to be 140, old enough to see his great-great grandchildren.
  • Omniscient Morality License: God points this out to Job in the end.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Job was given these from his friends, claiming that his sufferings was the result of him sinning. God also gives him one for questioning His authority.
  • Replacement Goldfish: God replaces Job's dead family, home, and livestock.
  • Rules Lawyer: As David Plotz points out, he accused God of wrongdoing, but didn't technically curse Him, as Satan had wanted.
  • Sarcasm Mode: God, during His speech with Job.
    God: What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside? Can you take them to their places? Do you know the paths to their dwellings? Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years!
  • Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter: The Satan tried to invoke this reaction, and his own wife suggested it so he could be put out of his misery. It didn't work.
  • Trauma Conga Line - Ur Example: Servants rush in to inform him of the latest tragedy to plague his estate even while previous servants are still informing him of the one before it.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: God's lengthy speech to Job was more of a rebuke for him questioning His authority. He then calls out Job's friends for accusing Job of wrongdoing.
  • With Friends Like These...: Job's visitors keep insisting that he must have done something to deserve all his suffering, and turn on him when he denies it. In the end, God is far angrier with them than with Job, but pardons them when Job, despite everything, brings an offering on their behalf.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: When God appears before Job, he gives a speech describing his entire creation, essentially daring Job: "I created the entire universe. Are you going to tell me you know better than me?"
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Job's three new daughters Jemimah, Keziah, and Keren-Happuch are said to be more beautiful than any other women in the land.
  • Zen Survivor:
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