Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Humor in the Bible 6: Poetic Justice

You remember Job, right? He's the guy who had it all and then had it taken away from him. He lost his possessions; he lost his servants; he lost his kids; and he even lost his own good health, being afflicted with boils all over his body. The only thing he didn't lose was his nagging wife!

His wife said to him, "Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!" Job 2:9
(That's her one line in the entire story, by the way.)

Forty chapters of lengthy discussions between Job and his televangelist friends later (and God has a few things to say, too),

After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before. All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the LORD had brought upon him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring. The LORD blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. And he also had seven sons and three daughters. Job 42:10

And herein lies the poetic justice. Job's complaining wife has to be pregnant again with those 10 kids!

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