Mcmahon on Job 42.11

Job 42:11 Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and ate bread with him in his house. And they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him. And each of them gave him a piece of money and a ring of gold.

Timothy Mcmahon Comments on Job 42:11 on the Facebook page God is Open:

…if I were translating the text I’d go with “that HaShem brought on him” and then deal with it exegetically. The OT authors, at least in an earlier phase, simply didn’t wrestle with the issue of whether God allows or initiates. Throughout the book of Job, everyone agrees that God has brought Job’s calamity on him; they disagree on the reason for it. It’s only later, when the prose sections are appended to the poem, that we learn of the Satan’s intermediary role. You see the same development between 2 Samuel 24 and 1 Chronicles 21.

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